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

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 NV371.10 EUR0.00
Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd23.03 AUD0.00
BanColombia SA27,680.00 COP0.00
Commonwealth Bank of Australia80.10 AUD0.00
Ecopetrol SA2,081.00 COP0.00
GlaxoSmithKline PLC1,393.60 GBP0.00
HSBC Holdings PLC418.35 GBP0.00
ING Groep NV8.38 EUR0.00
Koninklijke Ahold Delhaize NV23.52 EUR0.00
National Australia Bank Ltd23.00 AUD0.00
Novartis AG81.92 CHF0.00
Novo Nordisk A/S B420.65 DKK0.00
Royal Dutch Shell PLC B1,309.80 GBP0.00
Royal Philips NV42.96 EUR0.00
Samsung Electronics Co Ltd69,500.00 KRW0.00
UBS Group AG12.89 CHF0.00
Westpac Banking Corp20.30 AUD0.00

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Dan Lefkovitz

Dan Lefkovitz  is strategist for Morningstar’s Indexes group

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