Emerging Markets Rank Highly in ESG Ratings

The Netherlands and Colombia top the leader board for ESG values, the Morningstar Sustainability Atlas shows

Dan Lefkovitz 18 April, 2018 | 10:12AM
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Morningstar Country ESG Scores

The Netherlands is the world's leading market for sustainability, but the high ranking of countries like Colombia, Taiwan, Hungary, and Turkey suggest that emerging markets can be leaders in sustainability too. The countries have been graded by the Morningstar Sustainability Atlas which looks at the environmental, social and governance (ESG) credentials of companies in 46 country indices.

European markets continue to occupy most of the top two quintiles in terms of overall sustainability, according to ESG researcher Sustainalytics. The Netherlands Index takes over the top spot thanks to such high-scoring companies as ASML (ASML), ING (INGA), Philips (PHIA), and Ahold Delhaize (AD). Nordic and many eurozone markets are not far behind.

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Securities Mentioned in Article

Security NamePriceChange (%)Morningstar
ASML Holding NV676.30 EUR0.00Rating
Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd27.87 AUD0.00Rating
BanColombia SA34,380.00 COP0.00
Commonwealth Bank of Australia102.28 AUD0.00Rating
Ecopetrol SA2,918.00 COP0.00
GlaxoSmithKline PLC1,399.60 GBP0.00Rating
HSBC Holdings PLC434.20 GBP0.00Rating
ING Groep NV12.96 EUR0.00Rating
Koninklijke Ahold Delhaize NV27.95 EUR0.00Rating
Koninklijke Philips NV38.42 EUR0.00Rating
National Australia Bank Ltd28.65 AUD0.00Rating
Novartis AG76.93 CHF0.00Rating
Novo Nordisk A/S B658.00 DKK0.00Rating
Royal Dutch Shell PLC B1,795.00 GBP0.00Rating
Samsung Electronics Co Ltd70,100.00 KRW0.00Rating
UBS Group AG15.88 CHF0.00Rating
Westpac Banking Corp25.39 AUD0.00Rating

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Dan Lefkovitz

Dan Lefkovitz  is strategist for Morningstar’s Indexes group