“Europe, Emerging Markets Lead in Sustainability” – Morningstar – April 22, 2018

On April 22, 2018 Morningstar published an interview with Dan Lefkovitz. a strategist for Morningstar Indexes.

In the interview, he describes the Morningstar Sustainability Atlas, the latest edition of which was released just before Earth Day.  The Atlas covers “Morningstar’s family of 46 country indexes and … how the constituents of those indexes stack up on environmental, social, and governance factors.”

In response to the question, “What were some of the big takeaways from this edition,” Dan Lefkovitz responds:

“What was more surprising was to see some emerging-markets companies score very, very well. Colombia actually scored in the top quintile of the world in terms of the environmental, social, and governance of its index constituents. Taiwan, Hungary, Turkey were also very high scorers. Now, certainly, there are some emerging markets–China and Russia, some Southeast Asian countries, the Middle Eastern markets–that scored poorly, but it was surprising to see select emerging markets score well.”

You may read and listen to the interview on the Morningstar internet site.