Sustainalytics Reporter July 2012
Issue No. 10
Summer 2012
Sustainalytics in Singapore


Singapore office
Singapore office


On June 29, Sustainalytics acquired Responsible Research, the Singapore-based research firm focused on the environmental, social and governance performance of Asian companies. The acquisition not only expands Sustainalytics' research universe, but it also enhances our coverage of Asian markets. As an added benefit, clients will also receive the ESG Insight Asia newsletter focused on sustainability issues and trends across a variety of industries in Asia. With the addition of the new Singapore office Sustainalytics is now present in 12 countries across the globe.


Read more about Sustainalytics in Asia.


Analysts' Insights


UN Principles for Sustainable Insurance

Silvana Milencovici & Arthur van der Kruijf


Silvana MilencoviciArthur van der Kruijf

Silvana Milencovici


Research Products

Arthur van der Kruijf

Junior Analyst, Research Products


During the RIO+20 Summit held recently in Brazil, members of the insurance industry came together to sign the UN Principles for Sustainable Insurance, formally committing to align their business models with sustainable development goals. Although the goals of the Principles are promising, are they enough to push the entire industry towards more responsible business practices? Analysts Arthur van der Kruijf and Silvana Milencovici share their insights on the new initiative. Follow the link to read the full article.




Reflections on 20 years of corporate social responsibility
Jennifer Penikett & Kirsten Boer


Jennifer Penikett Kirsten Boer

Jennifer Penikett Associate Analyst,

Research Products

Kirsten Boer

Junior Analyst, Research Products


Maclean's magazine, in partnership with Sustainalytics, recently released its list of the 50 Most Socially Responsible Corporations. In an editorial featured on, Jennifer Penikett and Kirsten Boer reflected on 20 years of corporate sustainability. Read the full article Rio+20 and looking back at 20 years of corporate social responsibility.





Sustainalytics' Perspective


Report on RI in emerging markets now available

RI in Emerging Markets      

Sustainalytics' senior manager Andrea van Dijk and research manager Lotte Griek examine the risks and challenges of investing in emerging markets. They provide insights and tools to effectively implement environmental, social and governance criteria into emerging market investments. Follow the link to read Bridging the Gaps: Effectively Addressing ESG Risks in Emerging Markets.








Analyst Briefings - Unconventional Oil and Gas: Deepwater and Arctic Drilling webinar recording now available


Deepwater and Arctic DrillingSustainalytics' recent webinar presentation of Deeper and Colder: The Impacts and Risks of Deepwater and Arctic Hydrocarbon Development is now available online. Associate analyst Alberto Serna Martín examines the potential risks faced by oil companies that continued to test the environmental boundaries of oil and gas development. The webinar was moderated by Hugh Wheelan of Responsible Investor and Jeremy Kent, research associate at RCM, provided an investor's perspective.

Visit Sustainalytics' webinar page to listen to past presentations. 


Publications on Asia

Reports on Asia


Thanks to the recent addition of the team in Singapore, Sustainalytics' clients now have access to an array of insightful reports on ESG trends in Asia, including the award-winning Future of Fish in Asia. Visit the Publications on Asia page to download full reports and executive summaries.




Inside Sustainalytics


 Sustainalytics opens its doors in Colombia and the UK


Diederik, Michael and Alejandro
Diederik, Michael and Alejandro in Toronto

Sustainalytics welcomes Alejandro Navarro and Catalina Secreteanu. Both will be representing the company as responsible investment advisers in Colombia and UK, respectively. Alejandro, based in Bogotà, is working to further develop business opportunities in Latin America. Catalina, the former program manager at the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association, will support client services and business development in London and throughout the UK. To learn more please visit





PRI in Person in Rio


BrazilOn June 28, the Principles for Responsible Investment held its annual PRI in Person event in Rio de Janeiro. The event provided a unique opportunity for all PRI signatories to meet, collaborate and learn from their peers. On the eve of the conference, Sustainalytics hosted a cocktail reception where guests mingled and socialized with their colleagues. With more than 100 signatories in attendance, the party was a great success. Representing Sustainalytics at the event were Simon MacMahon, global director, advisory services; Antonio Celeste, director, institutional relations, Paris; and Alejandro Navarro, responsible investment adviser. Visit SRI Connect's guest blog section to read Simon's thoughts about this year's PRI in Person (log in required).


Sustainalytics' progress in France


Since expanding into France in April 2011 Sustainalytics has considerably increased its presence in the country. In early 2012, associate analyst Jean-Florent Helfre made the move from Sustainalytics' Amsterdam office to Paris in order to support Antonio Celeste, director of institutional relations, Paris. In recent months the pair has hosted numerous presentations and events on such themes as sustainable mobility, human rights, unconventional oil and gas and corporate climate change reporting in partnership with various parties. Sustainalytics also recently announced that it was selected by Société Générale Corporate and Investment Banking (CIB) to provide environmental, social and governance research to support the analysis of the report CEO Value: A long term winning combination of financial and corporate governance metrics to identify recovery stories, now in its seventh edition.

In this issue
Analysts' Insights
Sustainalytics' Perspective
Inside Sustainalytics
Sustainalytics in the Media
Meet Sustainalytics in your Region

8th Responsible Investment Conference

30-31 August, 2012

Melbourne, Australia


ATRI Annual Conference

28 September - 1 October, 2012

Toronto, Canada


ESG Europe

4 October, 2012
Amsterdam, Netherlands


The SRI Conference on Sustainable, Responsible, Impact Investing  

2-4 October, 2012

Connecticut, USA


ICCR Fall Conference

1-5 October, 2012

New York, USA 


To view more events, click here

TSSS Events  

The next Toronto Sustainability Speaker Series event is scheduled for October... more details to come.


In the mean time, read TSSS founder Brad Zarnett's recent article "Sustainability is nothing more than good business in a changing environment" published in the National Post.


View more events in the Toronto Sustainability Speaker Series.
Sustainalytics in the Media 


Gearing up for the Green Rankings

Newsweek Green Rankings      

The release to this year's Newsweek Green Rankings is quickly approaching. On June 11, Newsweek, along with its research partners Sustainalytics and Trucost, hosted a webinar for companies being researched for the list. The webinar focused on the Green Rankings methodology and was an opportunity for the more than 60 companies in attendance to ask questions and get a better understanding of the research process.

New this year, Newsweek is offering those companies not eligible for inclusion in the official Green Rankings (e.g. small cap and privately held companies) a chance to see where they would rank among the 500 largest U.S. and global firms. Sustainalytics and Trucost will assess company performance using the Green Ranking methodology and benchmark it against the 2012 list. If you are interested to see where your company would rank email



Top 50 Most Socially Responsible Corporations

Maclean's magazine  

On June 14, Maclean's published its annual list of the 50 Most Socially Responsible Corporations. See which companies made the list. Or watch Heather Lang, director, research products, North America, answer some frequently asked questions about the Top 50 list. 

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Sustainalytics is a global leader in sustainability research and analysis for investors and financial institutions, specialized in analyzing environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria for companies, institutions and countries. We provide a global perspective, underpinned by 20 years of local experience and expertise in the responsible investment and traditional socially responsible investment markets. Sustainalytics is proud to be voted the 2010 Best ESG Research House of the Year by IPE/TBLI Group. The firm is headquartered in Amsterdam with local offices in Boston, Frankfurt, Madrid, Paris, Singapore, Timisoara and Toronto; and with representatives in Bogota, Brussels, Copenhagen and London.