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Emerging markets beat US in ESG rankings

Dan Lefkovitz  |  20 Apr 2018Text size  Decrease  Increase  |  
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Netherlands is the world's leading market for sustainability, according to the Morningstar Sustainability Atlas which looks at the environmental, social and governance (ESG) rankings of companies in 46 country indices. But the high ranking of countries like Colombia, Taiwan, Hungary, and Turkey suggest that emerging markets can be leaders in sustainability too.

European markets continue to occupy most of the top two quintiles in terms of overall sustainability, according to ESG researcher Sustainalytics. The Netherlands Index takes over the top spot thanks to such high-scoring companies as ASML, ING, Philips, and Ahold Delhaize. Nordic and many eurozone markets are not far behind.

Colombia lands in the top quintile – the highest-scoring non-European market – thanks to Bancolombia, Ecopetrol, and Grupo Sura. Other emerging markets that score well include Hungary, Taiwan, and Turkey. On the flipside, emerging markets, such as China, Russia, Malaysia, and Indonesia, occupy the globe's bottom quintile. Australia boasts a strong sustainability profile. The United States scores poorly, below Japan, Brazil, and India. Korea continues to land in the globe's bottom quintile thanks largely to controversy. 

Switzerland and UK Most Exposed to Controversy

Sustainalytics defines a controversy as any incident that has an impact on the environment or society and poses a risk to the company involved. Companies with current involvement in ESG-related incidents are penalised in Morningstar’s methodology. Switzerland and the UK are the world's most controversy-plagued markets.

Swiss market controversies include Novartis and UBS. Korea continues to be affected by controversies related to Samsung Electronics, among others. Key UK constituents facing "High" or "Severe" controversies include HSBC, Royal Dutch Shell, and GlaxoSmithKline.

Portugal, Denmark and Netherlands Score Highly

European markets are the clear global leaders in the first pillar of ESG, the Environment. Portugal comes out on top, thanks to top holding Galp Energia, which is considered to be an industry leader among global energy players. Colombia is the greenest non-European market, while Taiwan, Korea, and Thailand are green leaders within Asia.

The Social Score, the second pillar of ESG, encompasses product safety, labour standards, and supply chain management. The globe's entire top quintile comprises European markets. The Morningstar Denmark Index scores well thanks to top holding Novo Nordisk. Colombia and Taiwan are leaders among emerging markets.

The Governance Score considers corruption, board independence, and business ethics. The Netherlands continues to serve as the world's leading market from a governance perspective. Australia and Colombia are the non-European markets in the globe's top tier. Australian banks Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Westpac, ANZ, and National Australia Bank are all considered standard bearers within their global peer group. Canada looks strong on the governance pillar. More surprising standouts include Brazil and South Africa.

The US looks weak on governance criteria, below India and Turkey and in the same range as the Philippines, Indonesia, and Peru. China scores near the bottom of the globe. Korea and Japan are especially weak on governance as well.  

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