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ESG Country Rating 2019

Jul 23, 2017

The Top-Ten

As in previous years, this year’s ranking is led by Scandinavian countries. Denmark thus comes first, Sweden second and Norway fourth. Only Switzerland as third place mixed among the Scandinavian frontrunners. The outstanding ESG performance of the top places confirms their solid sustainability profile. Furthermore, all top ten places have a democratically legitimized constitution, effective, accountable and inclusive institutions, and respect for human rights, leading to their outstandingly positive governance rating.

Inrate ESG Country Rating 2019

The annually released Inrate Country rating aims at supporting investors in assessing the impact of states by providing a sustainability measurement of governmental bonds. The measurement of a state’s sustainability impact is comparable to that of corporate bonds, yet the method and calculation of the sustainability impact of states is adapted to the function and role of states regarding sustainable development. The Inrate Country Rating methodology places a strong focus on impact and intends to complement more risk-oriented country rating approaches. The rating methodology thereby focuses on aspects, which states have a direct influence on or where they function as main actors and avoids the assessment of a country’s risk exposure or preconditions due to its development status or geographical location.

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Financial market infrastructure provider SIX announced today the launch of a new climate data offering, aimed at supporting investors in reporting and monitoring of climate factors, and in climate-related investment and risk decision making.

The climate data sets, from various data providers in a range of industries, will provide clients with modelled and reported emissions data, covering over 33,000 companies globally, and bringing together multiple data sets on regulatory, historical and forward-looking climate impacts from providers including MSCI and Inrate. SIX also announced that it has recently entered into an agreement with environmental disclosure platform CDP to offer access to its global Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Dataset across various industries.

According to SIX, the new data sets come as investors increasingly require ESG and climate data to monitor investment decisions and to meet growing regulatory disclosure requirements, including the EU’s SFDR and the U.S.’ upcoming SEC Climate Disclosure Rules.

Martina Macpherson, Head ESG Product Strategy and Management, Financial Information, SIX, said:

“Understanding, measuring and managing climate risk and opportunities, as well as the impact that these can have on investment decisions, is a critical area of focus for market participants and policy makers alike. As more climate risk monitoring and reporting is required globally, the cost of compliance is increasing – both in operations and in terms of specialist ESG resources. SIX works with established providers of basic and specific ESG and climate data in the market.”