Portfolio managers and analysts are increasingly incorporating environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors in their investment analyses and processes.
By Justin Sloggett, Head of ESG Investment Research, the PRI and Matt Orsagh, Director of Capital Markets Policy, CFA Institute
Portfolio managers and analysts are increasingly incorporating ESG factors in their investment analyses and processes. However, ESG integration remains in its relative infancy, with investors and analysts calling for more guidance on exactly “how” they can “do ESG” and integrate ESG data into their analysis
To guide investors – both asset owners and investment managers – who are implementing ESG integration techniques in their investment decisions and processes, this report is the most comprehensive description to date of what ESG-integrated analysis is, and how it works in practice.
When integrating ESG factors into investment analysis, they are examined alongside other valuation drivers. It has been more common to process ESG factors through qualitative analysis, but investors are increasingly also quantifying and integrating ESG factors into financial forecasting and company valuation models, in alignment with other financial factors.