Today, Friday, January 8, 2016 Emerging Markets ESG publishes the 21st edition of its Updated Database of Contacts in the Field of Socially Responsible Investment (SRI). The 21st edition of the database includes a first entry from Sudan as well as entries from numerous countries.
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 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, a 16th edition in June 2013, a 17th edition in February 2014, an 18th edition in July 2014, a 19th edition in January 2015 and a 20th edition in July 2015.
This 21st edition of the database, with current information as of December 31, 2015, contains 1,655 conferences/events, 125 indices and 1,810 organizations divided among the following 13 categories: Academia (91 institutions); Awards and Prizes (46); Companies – Listed Companies (465); Exchanges (35): Financial Institutions (309); Governmental Organizations (77); Media (91); Networks (124); Non-Governmental Organizations (272); Private-Public Partnerships (18); Professional and Trade Associations (102); Rating and Research (154); and Standard-Setting Organizations (26).
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.
The updated database includes institutions from 96 countries in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America. This edition of the database contains a first entry from Sudan: the International Forum on Islamic Finance held on February 9-10, 2016 in Khartoum.
The 20th edition of the database contained 1,600 conferences/events, 97 indices and 1,761 organizations in 95 countries. Thus, this 21st edition contains 65 new conferences/events, 28 new indices and 49 new organizations.
Several observations may be made about the updated database, which was compiled between July 1 and December 31, 2015:
First, the scope and size of the database continue to grow. In particular, the number of indices added to this edition of the database is significant.
Second, the geographical diversity of the database continues to expand. In addition to the first entry from Sudan mentioned above, the 21st edition of the database also includes: a first index in Peru; a first network in New Zealand; the Women in Islamic & Ethical Finance Forum (WIEFF); a new rating system for German SRI funds; and the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA) – a standard setting organization.
Third, as noted in the 13 most recent editions of the database, the number of conferences and events on SRI topics continues to increase. During the second half of 2015 this trend continued.
The number of conferences and events on SRI topics increased to 1,665; from 1,600 as of June 30, 2015; 1,491 as of December 31, 2014; 1,399 as of June 30, 2014; and 1,251 as of December 31, 2013. The figure was 1,139 on June 30, 2013; 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 1,665 conferences/events listed in the 21st edition of the database, 472 took place in the USA, 261 in the UK, 84 in Switzerland, 71 in France, 62 in Germany, 55 in the Netherlands, 52 in Canada, 48 in Australia, 30 in Belgium, 23 in South Africa, 21 in Spain, 18 in Italy, 16 in Singapore, 15 in China, 15 in Hong Kong, 15 in United Arab Emirates, 12 in Brazil, 12 in India, 12 in Mexico and 11 in Denmark.
The 21st edition of the database contains 208 webinars, compared with 198 webinars as of June 30, 2015; 183 webinars as of December 31, 2014; 168 webinars as of June 30, 2014; 140 webinars as of December 31, 2013; 116 webinars as of June 31, 2013; and 89 webinars as of December 31, 2012.
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 22nd edition of the updated database will be published in July 2016.
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