Market intelligence provider RepRisk has signed a deal to provide environmental, social and governance (ESG) risk data to Taipei-based asset manager Yuanta Securities Investment Trust (Yuanta Funds).
Yuanta Funds will integrate RepRisk data into its investment analysis across portfolio screening and monitoring processes. Additionally, RepRisk’s data will be used as a factor in generating Yuanta Funds’ proprietary fund-level ESG risk ratings.
“ESG integration into investment strategy has seen explosive growth over the past few years,” says Alexandra Mihailescu Cichon, executive vice president of sales and marketing at RepRisk. “We’re proud to contribute RepRisk’s unrivalled coverage and daily-updated, actionable data that facilitates ESG integration across asset classes – from public equities to private markets, and from fixed income to infrastructure investments.”
Yuanta Funds says it will leverage RepRisk’s ESG risk and business conduct dataset to make informed investment decisions and avoid investing in higher-risk companies.
“We will incorporate these metrics into our fundamental analysis and further assess how a company moves towards a sustainable development business model,” the company says. “[Our] responsibility is not just maximizing portfolio performance but engaging with companies in which we invest on ESG issues, and better aligning our investment activities with both the broader and long-term interests of society.”
RepRisk, based in Zurich, Switzerland, offers quantitative risk analytics, qualitative research, and proprietary metrics for more than 160,000 public and private companies.