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ESG Databases

Uncategorized | Feb 18, 2022 |

As ESG (environmental, social, and governance) principles become more significant drivers of corporate decision-making, academics are working to uncover the relationships between ESG efforts and measurable business outcomes, from market value to reputation to profit.

To foster Fordham faculty investigations in these areas, the Gabelli School has subscribed to two databases that provide valuable raw material for academic research. The new subscriptions are made possible by PVH Corp., which has contributed generously to enable groundbreaking scholarship on ESG topics.

“I fully expect faculty to incorporate these data to investigate the impact of ESG scores on firms and markets,” said N.K. (Chiddi) Chidambaran, the Gabelli School’s associate dean of research and faculty development and an associate professor of finance. “Availability of ESG data will also help in our classes. Faculty routinely discuss ESG issues in their classes, and these databases will help faculty to back up their insights with data.”

One of the databases, MSCI ESG DataMetrics, can help researchers analyze how companies rate when it comes to their ESG pursuits. Its global data span eight core issues, among them emissions and waste, carbon production, business ethics, land use, and labor management. Users of the database can examine ESG scores for 5,000 companies, see how they compare against competitors in their industry, and track changes in performance over time.

The other resource, the S&P Market Intelligence ESG Package, seeks to offer a complete picture of the ESG factors that companies need to take into account in their decision-making, including risks related to climate, water usage, the environment, and the rapidly changing supply chain. The package also benchmarks companies’ activities against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, provides access to ESG disclosures, and more.

As faculty members publish papers based in part on the data in these two collections, we will provide links to their work from the RBC website.

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