Early autumn brings the unveiling of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices as companies all over the world learn whether they have what it takes to be recognized on one of the preeminent sustainability indices.

When any award is announced, the first question is typically “Who won?” The second is “Who decided?” In the case of DJSI, the answer to the first question includes a list of 16 companies that have made the list each of the last 15 years. The answer to the second question is RobecoSAM, an investment firm based in Zurich, Switzerland, that specializes in sustainability investing.

Research firms specializing in environmental, social and governance analysis are experiencing a growth in the demand for their services as investors and other influential users become more attuned to the utility and availability of such information. Such firms provide investors (both asset owners and asset managers) with the tools and data to compare and contrast ESG performance of companies across sectors and regions. Quantitative metrics and consolidated scoring allows these comparisons to be made in real time, a feature favored by investment analysts who don’t have time to read your latest sustainability report cover to cover. Considering the growing number of PRI Signatories and CDP Signatories, the experts analyzing such ESG performance information quickly are multiplying.

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