Bringing ESG Into Focus

Morningstar has launched the ESG Commitment Level tool to help investors assess the commitment of funds and asset managers to ESG factors. Here's a look at how it works

Christopher J. Traulsen, CFA 17 November, 2020 | 12:04PM

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The importance of environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria to investors is increasing rapidly around the world. Unsurprisingly, fund companies have raced to respond to this interest, both by launching rafts of new ESG offerings and trying to spiff up existing funds with an ESG gloss. This leaves investors with a lot of work to do to separate the wheat from the chaff.

Quantitative measures such as the Morningstar Sustainability rating are part of the solution, but to provide investors with even more analysis and context, we’ve developed a new measure, the Morningstar ESG Commitment Level for funds.

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Christopher J. Traulsen, CFA  is director of fund research, Europe and Asia, Morningstar.

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