ESG can offer a different view of a company’s risk profile than fundamental data and general news monitoring.
A classic example is Volkswagen’s Dieselgate scandal, which FactSet’s Truvalue data captured before the full-blown scandal cratered the German automaker’s stock price. Another example is Monsanto, which saw steady declines in timely ESG scores before a major court judgment in 2019 and a $10 billion settlement this week.
This week, Wirecard’s former CEO was arrested and the firm filed for insolvency, marking a new chapter in a saga charted in timely ESG data, and in some cases, not incorporated by classic ESG raters.
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