Robeco is making its sustainable investing data publicly available in a bid to promote transparency and improve the quality of sustainable investing.

It launched its SI Open Access Initiative in August 2022 for clients and academics and today it said it was broadening this to the public, including companies and NGOs.

The data includes corporate Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) scores and country environmental, social and governance (ESG) scores.

Robeco said the aim was to contribute to new standards in sustainable investing, following the principle of ‘the wisdom of the crowd’.

“Expanding the accessibility of our SI Open Access Initiative means that we are inviting more external perspectives and feedback, reaffirming our commitment to data transparency and innovation in the field of sustainable investing,” said Carola van Lamoen, head of sustainable investing (SI) at the Rotterdam-based asset manager.

Robeco’s SDG scores focus on impact materiality, assessing the extent to which companies make positive or negative contributions to the SDGs. This is in contrast to financial materiality, which Robeco said traditional ESG ratings often measured.

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