All quotes delayed a minimum of 15 minutes. Why is that? Good for you. "This new ownership structure will amplify our ability to bring meaningful ESG insights, products, and services to the global investment community and to companies around the world.

You can then ask, well, why have regulations been advanced in Europe?

Hale: When you think back on the 1990s, some investors were starting to think about sustainability issues, but not that many companies were.

You have some very progressive Asian real estate companies.

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The closing of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to occur early in the third quarter of 2020.

<>/ExtGState<>/XObject<>/ProcSet[/PDF/Text/ImageB/ImageC/ImageI] >>/MediaBox[ 0 0 612 792] /Contents 4 0 R/Group<>/Tabs/S/StructParents 0>> You want to know that vis--vis your competitors, youre bringing people in and providing them career development opportunities.

Its really about integrating ESG considerations into your business decision-making that provides you the advantages that you need and hopefully then helps you identify and avoid potential risks down the road. Weve seen demographic shifts driving this.

There are an increasing number of themes and indicators that we can quantify.

Hale: Youve been at this a long time.

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The transaction consideration includes a cash payment at closing of approximately EUR 55 million (subject to certain potential adjustments) and additional cash payments in 2021 and 2022 based on a multiple of Sustainalytics' 2020 and 2021 fiscal year revenues.

From a Sustainalytics perspective, we understand that and have developed an analytical framework that reflects that.

It can be on the human capital side of the equation, looking at key indicators like turnover, absenteeism those types of things.

Hale: Ive heard the criticism that a lot of the ESG indicators that Sustainalytics uses in its company ESG ratings have more to do with companies documenting and disclosing various environmental, social, and governance policies and less to do with actual performance metrics. Actually, these two themes are sitting side by side. Just as long as you understand that achieving a competitive financial return is on absolutely the other end of the spectrum.

If youre not looking at ESG issues as part of the investment process, you may be transgressing your fiduciary duty.

The same goes for women.

Morningstar will base the scores on ESG company ratings from Sustainalytics.

He has a deep understanding of its history and the roles companies and investors are playing in this burgeoning area of the investment universe.

From climate change to supply-chain practices, the nature of the investment process is evolving and shining a spotlight on demand for stakeholder capitalism.

But generally speaking, a leader is going beyond putting that environmental management system or auditing procedure in place.

Were excited to have our sights on this next horizon alongside Sustainalytics, a leader that has been on this road since the beginning.

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I think youve highlighted one of the key drivers of the mainstreaming.

What is it that companies are doing today to make themselves sustainability leaders? Today,Sustainalyticsworks with hundreds of the world's leading asset managers and pension funds who incorporateESGand corporate governance information and assessments into their investment processes. But small caps are obviously important for the investment community. In a note on Chicago-based Morningstar's website, CEO Kunal Kapoor said that the company previously was "overly dismissive" when Jewish groups and others raised concerns about bias in its research.


Morningstar, Inc. is a leading provider of independent investment research in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia.

GPS is nice, but it gives you the illusion that theres only one way to your destination. "Modern investors in public and private markets are demanding ESG data, research, ratings, and solutions in order to make informed, meaningful investing decisions.

And then when you go to Asia, theres a misunderstanding that sustainability issues are not on the agenda at all.

Sustainalytics ESG research and ratings underpin numerous indexes and sustainable investment products, including Morningstars Sustainability Rating for funds and Morningstar Indexes.

There may be those who are considering ESG factors because they feel its a part of their fiduciary duty in todays complex investing world.

Jantzi: Youre absolutely right that when I started in this in 1990, there were very few companies talking about sustainability or thinking about it, and certainly not many at all that would actually publish reports or disclose what they were doing in the area. Morningstar also offers investment management services through its investment advisory subsidiaries, with approximatelyUS$233 billion in assets under advisement and management as of Dec. 31, 2019.

Fewer companies are treating sustainability as marketing or window-dressing and more are integrating these issues into their strategic decision making.

Together, we will lead investors of all types through this transition, empowering them with ESG insights that allow for the personalization of portfolios across asset classes.. Hale: Sustainalytics designates the top 5% in each industry as industry leaders.

Based on the upfront consideration, Morningstar estimates the enterprise value of Sustainalytics to be EUR 170 million. or its affilliates. Thats changed wholeheartedly now. Boards of directors and senior management teams are looking at sustainability in a much more sophisticated way now and in fact, in some parts of the world, are bringing investors into the discussion.

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Kunal Kapoor, Chief Executive Officer, Morningstar, said: Investor demand for stakeholder capitalism is driving a profound transformation in the global investing landscape.

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Global Head, Sustainable Investing Research, Morningstar.

We not only look at the number of controversies occurring but also where they are happening within the organization, and how often they are happening, and how companies are managing those controversies.

Jantzi: Yes, it is more optimistic, because more companies are paying more serious attention to ESG issues.

It brought together my personal interest in environmental and social issues with my passion for capital markets and business. These disclosures are indicative of actual practices and resulting outcomes.

When I started in this business, the idea was, if you want to look at ESG issues as part of your investment decision, God bless. I sat down with Jantzi in October to discuss the state of sustainable investing and what the future holds. Now commonly called ESG, for environmental, social, and governance, a confluence of factors in the market and corporate world is making this investing theme a mainstream approach.

Our collaboration over the past several years has helped to extend the understanding and use of ESG insights and strategies to a multitude of investors, advisors, asset owners and managers across the globe," said Sustainalytics Chief Executive Officer Michael Jantzi.

Morningstar helped democratize investing, and we will do even more to extend Sustainalytics' mission ofcontributing toa more just and sustainable global economy.".

By the same token, whether youre small or large, if youre operating in a high-exposure industry, you want to know that management understands the risks that may be coming down the pike.

Michael Jantzi, Chief Executive Officer, Sustainalytics, said: For more than 25 years, Sustainalytics has played a leadership role globally, influencing the way in which institutional asset managers and public pension funds integrate ESG into their investment decisions and, more recently, shaping the emerging sustainable finance market as the worlds largest second-party opinion provider for green and sustainable bond issuances. "By coming together, Morningstar and Sustainalytics will fast track our ability to put independent, sustainable investing analytics at every level from a single security through to a portfolio view in the hands of all investors. With this acquisition, Morningstar plans to continue to invest in Sustainalytics' existing business while also further integrating ESG data and insights across Morningstar's existing research and solutions for all segments, including individual investors, advisors, private equity firms, asset managers and owners, plan sponsors, and credit issuers. Thecompanyhas operations in 27 countries. Sustainalytics offers data on 40,000 companies worldwide and ratings on 20,000 companies and on 172 countries.

Were already seeing ESG being embraced in areas like private equity, real estate, and infrastructure. Access unmatched financial data, news and content in a highly-customised workflow experience on desktop, web and mobile.

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We have overwhelming amounts of data coming at us from every direction every single second.

The firm is widely known for its security-level ESG Risk Ratings which are integrated into institutional investment processes and underpin numerous indexes and sustainable investment products as well as serving an ever-increasing number of use cases across the emerging sustainable finance landscape. Responsible investors and those of us who are charged with providing insights into company performance need to continue to find effective ways to measure how smaller companies are doing.

Whether assessing the durability of a company's economic moat or the stability of its credit rating, this is the future of long-term investing," said Morningstar Chief Executive Officer Kunal Kapoor.

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