Morningstar boosts ESG research with minority stake in Sustainalytics



Amsterdam-based Sustainalytics combs environmental, social and governance, or ESG, indicators for signals about companies’ long term performance.

For Morningstar, the deal extends a two-year partnership that included the launch of Morningstar’s Sustainability Rating service for mutual funds and exchange-traded funds.

“Responsible investing” accounts for more than a quarter of total investing, or $22.9 trillion, and asset managers and owners representing $62 trillion in assets are signatories to the U.N.-backed Principles for Responsible Investment, or PRI.

Morningstar is taking a 40% stake in Sustainalytics for an undisclosed sum.

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