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Does Impact Investing Have A Data Problem?

Posted On: Nov 8, 2018   |   Posted By: Fortune

Interest in investing in environmentally and socially responsible companies has surged in recent years, in part because of the tastes of purpose-minded millennials-but also because there's mounting evidence that these companies are, in fact, better investments. That's good news for the planet, but a more sustainability-minded financial system is hardly a given. A panel of experts at the Fortune Most Powerful Women International conference in Montreal, Canada on Tuesday discussed the challenges testing the burgeoning field.
Amy Oldenberg, COO of Emerging Market Equity for Morgan Stanley , said her team, which manages $20 billion in emerging markets investments has struggled with the quality of data when it comes to looking at companies in terms of their performance on ESG factors, metrics that are important for investors to understand what companies are run most sustainably and which investments are most impactful.
She pointed out that there is little data standardization...

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