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Socially responsible investing with ESG data

Environmental metrics and preserving capital

Socially responsible investing is growing and investors are increasingly looking for ESG data to ensure they are mitigating risk and preserving capital. In light of this, at Refinitiv, we have looked at our ESG database to understand what companies are doing to improve their impact on the environment, and which are positioning themselves for success in the transition to low-carbon economies. 


We have created a report which explores the trend in corporate emissions and progress on recycling, supply chain risk and water efficiency.

Highlights from the report include:

  • 63% of companies, in our ESG database, have a policy to reduce emissions, but only 35% have specific reduction targets.
  • The average company has a recycling ratio of 63%, but only 29% of companies actually report on this metric.
  • Between 2014 and 2019, we have seen a 25% increase in companies with water efficiency policies and 34% more companies setting specific water efficiency targets.

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Key content

Accurate ESG data

The report is built on Refinitiv’s ESG data which are rigorously quality controlled and cover 70% of global market cap.

Environmental metrics

Refinitiv covers over 400 ESG metrics, 114 of which are environmental. The report draws on the environmental metrics to highlight areas of improvement and concern.

Global coverage

The report looks at environmental metrics across the globe, covering all regions.