Friday, July 25, 2014 Emerging Markets ESG publishes the 18th edition of its Updated Database of Contacts in the Field of Socially Responsible Investment (SRI).
The Partners for Financial Stability (PFS) Program published an inaugural Database of Contacts in the Field of SRI on the capital markets research page of the PFS Program website on October 25, 2002. The inaugural database contained contact information about more than 275 organizations whose SRI activities were reported online and/or in the financial press.
Emerging Markets ESG took over publishing the 10th edition of the database in July 2010.
This 18th edition of the database, with current information as of June 30, 2014, contains 1,795 organizations and 1,399 conferences/events divided among the following 15 categories: Academia (90 institutions); Awards and Prizes (44); Companies – Listed Companies (459); Conferences and Events (1,399); Exchanges (32): Financial Institutions (272); Governmental Organizations (76); Indices (77), Media (87); Networks (111); Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) (264); Private-Public Partnerships (18); Professional and Trade Associations (98); Rating and Research (144); and Standard-Setting Organizations (23).
The updated database includes institutions from 86 countries in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America. This edition of the database contains new entries from Ghana (Ghana Microfinance Institutions Network [GHAMIN]), Paraguay (a conscious capitalism business & trade mission as well as conference), Senegal (a solar power event) and Tajikistan (the microfinance institution Arvand).
A table of contents appears as the first worksheet and a statistics worksheet appears as the last worksheet in the database. Each worksheet is sorted alphabetically by institution; each worksheet may also be re-sorted alphabetically by country.
To download the database, please visit the research page of the Emerging Markets ESG internet portal. The URL ishttp://www.emergingmarketsesg.net/esg/2014/07/25/emerging-markets-esg-18th-edition-of-updated-database-of-contacts-in-the-field-of-socially-responsible-investment-sri-published-today-friday-july-25-2014/
Several observations may be made about the updated database, which was compiled between February 4 and June 30, 2014:
First, the scope and size of the database continue to grow.
Second, the geographical diversity of the database continues to expand. In addition to the first entries from Ghana, Paraguay, Senegal and Tajikistan mentioned above, the 18th edition of the database also includes a first event as well as a first ratings & research firm in Indonesia.
Third, this edition of the database includes several new cross-cutting and multi-stakeholder initiatives: Asia’s regional microfinance association – the Banking with the Poor Network – and the Council on Smallholder Agricultural Finance (CSAF).
Fourth, the database includes one new organization engaged in ratings and research. Thus the number and geographic range of institutions engaged in ratings and research continues to grow. The database now includes a total of 144 rating/research institutions in 26 countries.
Fifth, as noted in the ten most recent editions of the database, the number of conferences and events on SRI topics continues to increase. During the first half of 2014 this trend continued. The number of conferences and events on SRI topics increased to 1,399, from 1,251 as of December 31, 2013. The 18th edition of the database contains 168 webinars, compared with 140 webinars as of December 31, 2013.
Acquisitions, consolidation and mergers in several areas, including corporate governance advisory, indices, proxy voting, ratings and research continued throughout the second half of 2013.
Every effort was made to update contact information in each worksheet. If a reader notes any out-of-date information, please contact Emerging Markets ESG. We will update the entry.
Emerging Markets ESG would appreciate your constructive criticism and feedback regarding the database.
The 19th edition of the updated database will be published in January 2015.
Principal – Emerging Markets ESG
Adjunct Professor – School of American Law (SAL) – Poland