Sourcing ESG data in Bloomberg
On the hunt for ESG data and don’t know where to start? Make Bloomberg your first port of call!
Whether you’re looking for a quick report on the key facts and figures or you want to delve into more in-depth analysis, this is definitely the place to look. As our most comprehensive source for company environmental, social and governance data, Bloomberg provides access to full ESG filings wherever available for listed companies worldwide.
First of all, take a look at the company ESG profile. This allows you to quickly compare a company’s current ESG performance against both its own history and its industry peers. The top two lines of the screen allow you to set the parameters for your analysis – company, time period, currency etc. – leaving the areas below to display the relevant data. Data can be easily exported to Excel via Bloomberg’s Office Add-in. To access the profile, use Bloomberg code <ESG> from any company page.
If you want to delve a bit deeper and view the complete set of ESG data filed by any company, check out the ESG tab within the company’s financial analysis, <FA ESG>. Here you can view ESG data in the same format as financial data. The ESG tab has its own sub-tabs, taking you straight to the figures you need. For purposes of transparency, click through on any figure to view its source.
Again, like the ESG profile, provided that you have installed the Bloomberg Office Add in to your profile, figures here are easy to download to Excel.
When comparing companies’ ESG performance, it is always important to compare like with like so to compare a company to others within its industry and not, for example, to compare a mining company with a retail chain. This is why you will notice that all ESG analysis is sector-specific. If however you were interested in finding out which of the FTSE 100 firms had the highest CO2 emissions or the highest percentage of women board members then there is a very easy way to do this too.
Use Bloomberg’s EQS function to pull up a listing of the FTSE 100 companies (find out how here), then just add some columns to your analysis table and populate them with the data you want to view, then simply click on any data column to rank your companies. Simple!
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