ESG Ratings: Relevant information or misleading clue? Evidence from the S&P Global 1200

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GYÖNYÖROVÁ Lucie STACHOŇ Martin STAŠEK Daniel

Rok publikování 2021
Druh Článek v odborném periodiku
Časopis / Zdroj Journal of Sustainable Finance & Investment
Fakulta / Pracoviště MU

Ekonomicko-správní fakulta

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www https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/20430795.2021.1922062
Doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/20430795.2021.1922062
Klíčová slova ESG;responsible investment;SRI;sustainable finance
Popis Environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) scores are frequently involved in investment-related decision-making, e.g. for red-flagging or to manage risks. The increasing interest in ESG data raises the question about their validity from various sources. Therefore, we explore the consistency and convergent validity of the well recognized ESG data providers. Exploratory factor analysis of S&P Global 1200 index demonstrates considerable uncertainty across extracted latent factors. Further factor analyses show that the consistency and convergent validity across ESG data significantly depend on the industry type and the country of domicile. These findings are supported by confirmatory factor analyses. Thus, the stakeholders are encouraged to incorporate the company sector and domicile aspects into their decisions. Otherwise, naive use of primary ESG scores may provide a misleading clue.
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