Strategic Focus: The Future Of ESG Scores

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Executive Summary

As sustainable investing has become a major part of the investment market, ESG scores are playing an increasingly important role. This report gives an overview of the characteristics and challenges of the ESG scores market and provides predictions on how the market will shift towards more innovative scoring methods. Buy-side firms can use the report to inform how they adapt their usage of ESG scores and move towards creating transparent, investor-tailored scoring systems and products. Financial ESG solutions providers can use it to identify where the current ESG scores market falls short and to determine which solutions to develop to meet investor needs.

Table of contents

ESG Scores Must Meet The Needs Of A Growing ESG Investment Market 
ESG Is Now A Mainstream Consideration In The Investment Market
Heterogeneous And Patchy ESG Scores Market Creates Questions For Investors
Innovative Solutions Set To Increase Transparency In The ESG Scores Market

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Figure 1. Top Priority Climate Risk And ESG Scores Solutions  

About the authors

Alice Saunders

Analyst

Alice is an analyst in the Verdantix ESG and Sustainability practice. Prior to joining Verdantix she completed a Master's degree in Nature, Society and Environmental Governance at the University of Oxford, earning a distinction. Her thesis project focused on species redistribution due to climate change and woodland ecosystems. Alice also holds a BA in English Literature from the University of Warwick.

Kim Knickle

Research Director, ESG & Sustainability

Kim leads the Verdantix ESG & Sustainability practice, addressing business challenges and priorities in ESG and sustainability through technology and services. Her current research agenda focuses on ESG regulatory and market drivers, sustainability reporting, risk management, supply chain sustainability, circular economy, social impact.  Knickle has worked for more than 20 years in the IT industry, providing research and analysis to help companies invest wisely in new technologies. Before joining the analyst industry, she held various roles in IT services, engineering, and product safety testing, beginning her career at Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.  Knickle holds a MBA from Boston University and a BS in electrical engineering from Cornell.

Elisa Molero

Analyst

Elisa Molero is a research analyst specialised in ESG & Sustainability. Her background is in Economics (BSc University of Navarra). She holds a minor in leadership and governance. Prior to joining Verdantix she completed a Master’s degree in Global Politics with Distinction at the London School of Economics and Political Science. 

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