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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.

The Netherlands-based 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.

This week, 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 Initiative (GRI).

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."


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