17th edition of Updated Database of Contacts in the Field of Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) published today – February 3, 2014

Today, Monday, February 3, 2014 Emerging Markets ESG publishes the 17th 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. Thereafter, the PFS Program updated the database eight times.

Emerging Markets ESG published a 10th edition of the database in July 2010, an 11th edition of the database in December 2010, a 12th edition in July 2011, a 13th edition in December 2011, a 14th edition in July 2012, a 15th edition in December 2012 and a 16th edition in June 2013.

This 17th edition of the database, with current information as of December 31, 2013, contains 1,742 organizations and 1,251 conferences/events divided among the following 15 categories: Academia (86 institutions); Awards and Prizes (40); Companies – Listed Companies (456); Conferences and Events (1,251); Exchanges (31): Financial Institutions (260); Governmental Organizations (74); Indices (68), Media (85); Networks (106); Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) (261); Private-Public Partnerships (17); Professional and Trade Associations (95); Rating and Research (140); and Standard-Setting Organizations (23).

The updated database includes institutions from 82 countries in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America.  This edition of the database contains the Aruba Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum (CREF), the first entry from that country.

The 16th edition of the database contained 1,722 organizations and 1,139 conferences/events in 81 countries. Thus, the 17th edition contains 20 new organizations and 112 new conferences/events. 

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.

Several observations may be made about the updated database, which was compiled between July 4 and December 31, 2013:

First, the scope and size of the database continue to grow. Although there was a smaller amount of institutions added to this addition of the database, the additions represent a range of institutional types.

Second, the geographical diversity of the database continues to expand.  In addition to the first entry from Aruba mentioned above, the 17th edition of the database also includes a first event in Jordan and a first event in Lithuania.

Third, this edition of the database includes several new cross-cutting and multi-stakeholder initiatives:  the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, the Center for Sustainable Procurement, the StEP (Solving the E-waste Problem) Initiativeand the Sustainable Packaging Coalition.

Fourth, the database includes two new organizations 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 140 rating/research institutions in 26 countries.

Fifth, as noted in the nine most recent editions of the database, the number of conferences and events on SRI topics continues to increase. During the second half of 2013 this trend continued. 

The number of conferences and events on SRI topics increased to 1,251, from 1,139 as of June 30, 2013.  The figure was 956 on December 31, 2012; 807 on June 30, 2012; 657 on December 30, 2011; 551 on July 29, 2011; and 423 on December 31, 2010.

Of the 1,251 conferences/events listed in the 17th edition of the database, 371 took place in the USA, 206 in the UK, 58 in France,  54 in Switzerland, 46 in the Netherlands, 45 in Germany, 34 in Canada, 30 in Australia, 29 in Belgium, 18 in South Africa, 13 in China and 13 in Singapore.

The 17th edition of the database contains 140 webinars, compared with 116 webinars as of June 31, 2013 and 89 webinars as of December 31, 2012.

Acquisitions, consolidation and mergers in several areas, including corporate governance advisory, indices, proxy voting, ratings and research continued throughout the first 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 18th edition of the updated database will be published in July 2014.

To download the database, please click on the link below:

     Emerging Markets ESG – Updated Database of Contacts in the Field of SRI – December 2013