In cooperation with our external ESG-research provider, ISS ESG, we have set up an in-depth ESG-Screening based on a combination of positive criteria and a comprehensive list of exclusion criteria.
For companies, the exclusion-screening is carried out for controversial business areas (military, nuclear power, alcohol, gambling, tobacco, pornography, GMO, coal mining, hydraulic fracturing as well as the mining of oil sands) as well as for controversial business practices (Human Rights Controversies, Labour Rights Controversies, Controversial Environmental Practices).
For countries, the exclusion-screening is done for Authoritarian Regime, Child Labour, Death Penalty, Freedom of Association, Military Budget, Money Laundering, Possession of Nuclear Weapons, Violation of Human Rights and Resistance against International Conventions on Climate Protection.
The positive ESG-Screening is done by evaluating those companies and countries with a 'prime' assessment by ISS ESG. The assessment of the social and environmental performance of a company or country as part of the Corporate/Country Rating is carried out with the aid of over 100 social and environmental criteria, selected specifically for each industry, covering six areas.