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Governance and Sustainability

The shifting corporate governance landscape in Asia Pacific

We take a deep dive into corporate governance in Asia Pacific and look at the improvements, struggles and some shining examples across countries and industries and the financial performance of businesses with strong governance practices.

In this report, Refinitiv dives into governance performance across diverse sectors and sub regions in Asia Pacific - based on 1,400+ Asia Pacific companies' ESG data.

Over the past 5 years, Asia Pacific companies have shown slight improvements in governance scores but more dramatic improvements in CSR scores. 

In this report we look at the trends in governance data and the financial performance of companies performing well on governance metrics. The report includes:

  • Analysis of Governance Scores, CSR Sustainability Reporting and CSR Sustainability Scores.
  • ESG data analysis through regression models and machine learning algorithms.
  • A view on how corporations with top governance score perform against the ASX 200 and Hang Seng.
  • 6%
    increase in average governance score for companies in AsiaPac over 5 years
  • 62%
    increase in likelihood of a company having an emissions reduction policy if the company publishes a sustainability report
  • 50
    top performing Hang Seng securities based on governance score beats its Hang Seng benchmark by 145 bps on an annualized basis.

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Key content

ESG data

covering 80% of global market cap is used in analysis

Machine learning approach

was taken to conduct an array of univariate regressions

Portfolio analytics

undertaken to determine financial resilience of governance focused portfolios