September 22, 2012
Sustainalytics Partners with Chinese Consultancy Firm
by Robert Kropp
The research partnership with SynTao will provide clients of the Netherlands-based firm with
analysis of the ESG performance of Chinese companies.
Emerging markets may not be the only representatives of the last frontier of investment—there
remains much to be done in directing investment toward support of a low-carbon economy in developed
nations—but they do represent an opportunity to get it right by an early embedding of
sustainability into investment decision-making.
environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) research firm Sustainalytics has made a number of forays into the
emerging markets of Asia in recent months, having acquired the Singapore-based Responsible Research and formed a
strategic partnership with Sustinvest of South Korea.
Sustainalytics announced its move into the largest emerging market of them all, through a research
partnership with SynTao.
Headquartered in Beijing, SynTao provides ESG research into the corporate social responsibility
(CSR) reporting by Chinese companies. Co-founded by Wayne Silby, who is also the founding Chairman
of Calvert Investments, SynTao is a signatory
to the United Nations' Principles for Responsible
Investment (PRI). The firm is also the first on the Chinese mainland to serve as a training
partner for the Global Reporting
As a result of the partnership, the ESG performance of Chinese
companies will be included on the Sustainalytics Global
Platform, which incorporates up to 100 industry-weighted key performance indicators (KPIs) in
its analysis of corporate ESG performance. In addition, according to a press release, "SynTao's
research and deep understanding of the Chinese market will allow Sustainalytics to not only flesh
out the current Chinese company profiles within its research platform, but also to increase the
number of Chinese securities covered."
"Furthermore," the press release stated, "in
working with Sustainalytics SynTao can offer its clients insightful guidance on global best
practices and international standards for sustainability solutions and training."