When it comes to sustainability data, there’s no industry standard. Many rating agencies provide scores that are difficult to understand. Others break it down into granular detail, but their complex tools are designed for big asset managers and institutional investors.
To make it simple and accessible to everyone, we’ve taken sophisticated data and created Impact Values that align with familiar issues that affect humans and the planet.
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Corporate reporting is the foundation of ESG data. Do companies have sustainability policies and methods of tracking their impact? Our data partners use AI and NLP powered technology to add layers of accountability to corporate reporting. Their sophisticated tool crawls more than 100,000 sources for:
High scores go to companies that set goals, take action, innovate and lead their industries towards sustainability. Low scores go to companies responsible for ESG controversies.
Our Impact Values
Most human activity increases the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, thus accelerating climate change. Companies that measure their footprint are better equipped to manage their impact on the environment. Our Climate Change metric tracks companies’ efforts to reduce emissions through metrics like energy management, fuel management, GHG emissions reduction.
Natural resources are finite and are not replenishing fast enough. Companies with high Natural Resources scores are building a circular economy i.e. creating a closed-loop system, minimizing the use of resources and the creation of waste. The circular economy aims to keep products, equipment and infrastructure in use for longer, thus improving the productivity of these resources.
Production of goods can generate a significant amount of toxic waste. Historically, waste has been disposed of in bodies of water or into the atmosphere, not only harming plants and wildlife, but making these environments uninhabitable for people. Underserved communities tend to suffer the most as a result. Companies with high scores in this category have clear and effective policies to follow governmental regulation, and are leading by innovating the industry standards.
Some industries rely on domestic animals some don’t, but even the ones that do have choices to make about how animals are handled. Dairy farms, for example, have the power to choose more humane practices. How are animals fed, housed, moved? It’s not black and white. Poor practices in animal farming translate into disease in the food we eat, historically linking to public health crises.
Biodiversity loss is a systemic risk that affects everyone. The COVID-19 pandemic is believed to have originated in illegal wildlife trade and the destruction of habitat, thus, bringing animal disease into contact with humans. Our Wildlife & Animal Welfare scores account for the best and the worst practices and everything in between.
Good labor standards don’t just make for a healthier and happier workforce, they improve productivity and economic performance. Investing in employees by increasing wages and setting work-time regulations decreases employee turnover. Safety standards can reduce costly accidents and health care costs. Companies with high Labor Standards scores treat their workers fairly, all the way up the supply chain.
We are all consumers, and we are affected by the corporations in one way or another. In a time of global pandemic, how does a company adhere to disease control guidelines? This value also includes “product safety” which allows us to understand a company’s community impact more broadly. How does your bank handle your data? How does a delivery service company account for the effects of its logistics on local communities?
Gender equity in corporate practice is fair, necessary and long overdue. Diversity at the executive level and on management teams allows companies to identify better business practices, innovate and grow. How does a company address the gender pay gap? Are there women and people of color on the board of directors? How does it excel in utilizing previously overlooked talent? High scorers in this category are better equipped to do business in a changing and increasingly interconnected world economy.
This metric evaluates the structures and processes for the direction and control of companies from the executive level. Good corporate governance helps companies operate more efficiently, gain access to capital and mitigate risk.
2019 marked the start of the major antitrust investigations about not only mishandling customer data, but the responsibility of shaping new behaviors in the interests of increased revenues.
High scorers are transparent about their policies and responsive to the concerns of people whose lives are impacted by their products and behavior.
Business leadership extends beyond revenue generation. Joining powerful networks, where the best practices for peace and justice are exchanged multiplies the efforts to build a more sustainable planet. More competition creates the best environment for innovation. Whether it is technological innovation or scientific, every minor progress is much needed, deserves a celebration, and collaboration is the key.
The Big Picture
Sustainability has many sides, but all of them have to work together to build a thriving society and economy. Like the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals, our Impact Values help you prioritize what you care about most, but also make it easy to see how all the values add up to one vision for the future.
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