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Sustainable Leadership: 2019’s All Stars

In the run-up to Climate Week 2019, we take a look at the fundamental importance of environmental, social and governance (ESG) data as a key tool to inform sustainable decision-making, while also shining a spotlight on the positive by recognizing those companies that are leading the way, displaying sustainable leadership in environmental sustainability. 


  1. From 23 – 29 September 2019, New York City (NYC) will once again play host to world leaders, academia and businesses influencers as it focuses the world’s attention on the importance of decisive climate action at Climate Week 2019.
  2. Refinitiv has partnered with Fortune to specifically showcase data-driven sustainability performance, resulting in an all-new ‘Sustainability All Stars’ list that ranks companies according to their scores on Refinitiv’s Sustainable Leadership Monitor (SLM).
  3. Refinitiv has been serving the financial industry with ESG data and solutions for over 15 years.  Our ESG data covers nearly 70% of global market cap and over 400 metrics, spanning 76 countries and drawing on the expertise of 1.2 million mission officers and directors.

Is sustainability at your core?

Climate Week 2019 is fast-approaching.  From 23 – 29 September 2019, New York City (NYC) will once again play host to world leaders, academia and businesses influencers as it focuses the world’s attention on the importance of decisive climate action.

The summit also reminds us that, more than ever before, ethics and corporate governance are commanding global attention – investors now expect these crucial issues to be factored into their portfolios using ESG criteria, the new unstoppable force in the global investment industry.

Driven by the influence of millennials, regulation and the need to find new data sources to compare and analyze sustainable performance, ESG criteria are now an essential part of strategy and should inform all sustainable investment decisions.

Of course, sustainable decisions can only be taken with confidence when there is a solid foundation of reliable data to allow the formation of a truly holistic view and this is why Refinitiv remains committed to delivering trusted ESG data to help companies build sustainability into all core strategic decisions.

2019’s Sustainability All-Stars

To support this commitment, Refinitiv has partnered with Fortune to specifically showcase data-driven sustainability performance.

Since 2015, Fortune’s annual ‘Change the World List’ has recognized companies for their efforts to tackle social issues through their fundamental organizational strategies – and this includes their impact on environmental and climate issues.

This year, our collaboration has resulted in an all-new ‘Sustainability All Stars’ list that ranks companies according to their scores on Refinitiv’s Sustainable Leadership Monitor (SLM).

Since 2016, the World Economic Forum and Refinitiv have partnered with a diverse group of stakeholders to create the Sustainable Leadership Monitor (SLM), enabling to balance short-term performance pressures with the need to invest in a long-term future. The SLM was developed as part of our wider efforts to promote the sharing of trusted information and insights, and assesses companies on, for example, their environmental innovation, their use of resources, and their efforts to limit emissions. This data-driven app was created to aggregate financial and ESG data and analyze the long-term orientation of companies.  As such, it delivers an invaluable tool for the private sector to make more informed decisions about their relationships and investments.

The SLM helps answer questions around long-term sustainable growth and gain situational awareness through data analytics, an intuitive user interface and a deep bedrock of  transparent and standardized ESG/Financial data.

ESG data: Changing the way we think – and act

To further support a widespread shift to sustainable leadership, Refinitiv offers a rich and fully transparent ESG database that is trusted by investors and corporates to provide the comprehensive analysis and insights that inform sound, sustainable investment decisions.

Refinitiv has been serving the financial industry with ESG data and solutions for over 15 years.  Our ESG data covers nearly 70% of global market cap and over 400 metrics.  Moreover, every data point is rigorously quality controlled and verified to ensure that it is standardized, comparable and reliable.

This data spans 76 countries and draws on the expertise of 1.2 million mission officers and directors to help you assess both the risks and the opportunities posed by companies’ performance in critical areas such as climate change, executive remuneration, and diversity and inclusion.

As the global investment community and the wider corporate world continue to adopt the principles embodied within ESG criteria, Refinitiv is proud to be at the forefront of supporting this change. We are committed to driving positive impact and enabling a mindset shift that centers on the belief that every organization within the private sector has an invaluable role to play in wider global efforts to achieve success in sustainable development.

Monitor company, peer, supplier and customer performance to inform long term goals with our Sustainable Leadership Monitor.