The Challenge of Disparities in ESG Ratings

The Journal of Impact and ESG Investing, Vol. 2, No. 3, Spring 2022

Posted: 10 Mar 2022 Last revised: 14 Apr 2022

See all articles by Bruce I. Jacobs, Ph.D.

Bruce I. Jacobs, Ph.D.

Jacobs Levy Equity Management

Kenneth N. Levy

Jacobs Levy Equity Management

Date Written: January 21, 2022

Abstract

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) considerations play an increasingly important role in investment decisions. Due to data vendors’ lack of a common framework for creating ESG ratings, substantial disparities exist across vendors in their ESG ratings for the same company. ESG rating disparities make it difficult to assess whether ESG ratings are aligned with companies’ ESG performance and how ESG investing affects investment performance. This presents challenges to asset owners, policymakers, academics, and asset managers. This article highlights the nature and sources of the ESG rating disparities and advises investors to understand these aspects of noisy ESG ratings and to exercise caution when implementing ESG integration.

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Keywords: ESG, ESG Ratings, ESG Rating Disparity, ESG Rating Divergence, ESG Integration, Multidimensional ESG Data, Disentangling

JEL Classification: G11, G12

Suggested Citation

Jacobs, Bruce I. and Levy, Kenneth N., The Challenge of Disparities in ESG Ratings (January 21, 2022). The Journal of Impact and ESG Investing, Vol. 2, No. 3, Spring 2022, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4030930

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Kenneth N. Levy

Jacobs Levy Equity Management ( email )

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P.O. Box 650
Florham Park, NJ 07932-0650
United States
973-410-9222 (Phone)
973-410-9333 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: https://jlem.com/who-we-are#/nav/founders

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