Securing a sustainable future is a key topic today. ESG scores provide meaningful insights to help investors consider Environmental, Social, and Governance risks and opportunities
What is ESG?
The initials ESG stand for environmental, social, and governance — issues according to which companies can be evaluated for their performance and then given a numeric rating.
Why are ESG scores important to investors?
ESG scores, also known as ESG ratings, give you access to additional information about a company which is not usually accounted for in traditional financial analysis. Factors such as their exposure to climate change and human rights, for example, could have a significant impact on their stock’s performance. A company well-equipped to face ESG issues is more likely to be resilient over the long term and, therefore, deemed more sustainable.
ESG at eToro
eToro provides investors with the ESG scores for over 2,000 assets featuring a user-friendly “traffic light” color scheme:
- A green score shows that the company is a leader in its sector, in terms of ESG.
- An amber score shows that the company is average in its sector, in terms of ESG.
- A red score shows that the company has a poor ESG rating, relative to its sector.
eToro has partnered with ESG Book, a global leader in ESG data analytics, to provide you with market-leading sustainability data on the world’s largest corporations. The ESG scores displayed on the eToro platform are adjusted daily to reflect the most up-to-date market news and company-reported information.
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How can you use ESG scores in your investment decisions?
As an investor, there are a number of ways you can choose to incorporate ESG scores into your investment decision- making process:
- ESG scores can provide supplementary insights into a company beyond traditional financial analysis.
- ESG scores can be used as a filter to decide which stocks to put in your portfolio. For example, an investor might choose to invest only in companies that have a high ESG score and/or exclude those with a lower score.
- ESG scores can act as a flag or monitoring tool. For example, a decrease in a company’s ESG score could be a signal to investigate what has triggered the change.
Discover ESG investing
Around one in three dollars globally is invested in ESG-related assets, making ESG one of the biggest investing trends today. Investors are looking to ESG as a way of avoiding risks and as a potential source of better long-term returns. Discover for yourself how to use ESG scores when making your investment decisions.