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Dead Cobras & Fabergé Eggs: Unlocking The Potential of ESG Data

Type: publication | Published: December 2018


The SASB Alliance brought together a diverse group of market participants to discuss key challenges—and potential solutions—related to sustainable investing. Dead Cobras & Fabergé Eggs surfaces key takeaways.                                                       

On July 19, 2018, the SASB Alliance convened a group of corporate professionals, investors, and other capital markets participants at the offices of Neuberger Berman in New York for a half-day discussion entitled, “Overcoming Challenges—Unlocking the Potential of ESG Data.” The event—a mix of structured conversation and candid commentary—was intended to explore challenges and opportunities related to the disclosure and integration of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) data. The diverse group of attendees generally agreed there is no clear-cut, near-term solution, but focused instead on ESG reporting and integration as an ongoing journey during which companies, investors, and intermediaries will become more sophisticated over time. Building on this conceptual foundation, participants engaged in a back-and-forth dialogue that surfaced a number of key insights.