For corporate issuers, we subscribe to a number of ESG research services including Sustainalytics, MSCI governance research, and Reprisk. Raw ESG data is also available through Bloomberg. Other third party sources we have access to include: sell side research, NGO, academic, multilateral, development organisation and government research sources. Furthermore we obtain ESG information directly from the company reports – integrated reports and sustainability report.
For SSA and Sovereigns, we use sources from Supra National bodies such as: the Corruption Perception Index (Transparency International) Human Development Index (United Nations Development Program) Ease of Doing Business (World Bank) Fragile State Index (Fund for Peace) Government Effectiveness Index (World Bank) Energy Sustainability Index (World Energy Council) among others.
The Responsible Investment team also distribute research reports and other information to investment teams, however the primary responsibility for sourcing information rests with each team.
With regard to sovereign issuers analysis by our Emerging Markets Debt and Asia Fixed Income team, we rely more heavily on freely available information provided by multilaterals such as the World Bank, IMF, UN, Transparency International etc. These organisations tend to provide us with very rich and robust datasets that allow us to compare macro ESG trends across countries.