ABSTRACT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE JUNE 2014 EDITION

Since 2009, Bloomberg has been uploading key corporate ESG metrics to its database from companies’ own financial and sustainability reports. They have over 800 data points – 10 to 12 are considered key ESG metrics for all companies to disclose to the capital markets.  Sustainability Partners Inc. (SPI) thinks the Bloomberg platform points to where the market will lead corporate behavior and ESG reporting.  The breadth and depth of Bloomberg’s ESG platform is making it increasingly possible to compare public companies on specific ESG performance metrics that serve as proxies for well-managed operations; employee, customer, and community relations; and, internal governance. As you’ll see from the seven brands benchmarked in this article, there is still an information gap between what public companies disclose about ESG performance and what is valuable to the capital markets. 

Kate Schrank is the Founder & CEO of Sustainability Partners Inc. (SPI) and a former corporate environmental attorney.