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Innovating for Sustainability: Materiality of ESG Issues and Innovation
Where should I begin research on the materiality of ESG issues and innovation?

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Company Information

Thomson ONE
Search company by name or ticker on the upper left hand side on the screen. See tabs for Overview, Fundamentals, Prices, Estimates, Analyst Research and Filings.

Capital IQ
Data on public and private companies, industry, investment, and financial overviews, investment firms, capital transactions, and people. Note: You must request a Capital IQ account, see link above for more information. 

Bloomberg (In Library Use Only)
Current and historical financial information on individual equities, stock market indices, fixed-income securities, currencies, commodities, and futures for both international and domestic markets. ESG specific data by company is available, using the "FA ESG" command once you are on the main page for the equity. 

ESG Information 

Resources including materiality maps, industry classifications lookups and more.

MSCI iRatings 
A suite of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) research and analysis products from MSCI. This includes the following resources:

  • Intangible Value Assessment (IVA) -- analysis of the key ESG issues facing companies and industries, with a focus on financial implications. IVA includes company profiles, industry reports, and thematic research. Browse the "Industry Index" tab to find industry overviews and reports on the underlying companies. MSCI provides an annual report looking at ESG issues facing specific industries. 
  • ESG Impact Monitor -- assessment of ESG controversies consistent with international norms represented in numerous, widely accepted, global conventions, including the UN Declaration of Human Rights, the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, and the UN Global Compact.

See ESG information above. For an overview of their ESG methodology just type ESG <GO> 

Articles and Research
News service reporting on responsible investment, ESG and sustainable finance. 
Find information on best practices, and business models in terms of ESG. Includes news and analysis targeted to institutional investors globally.

More company and industry news, use keywords in the free text search. Includes news in twenty-two languages from thousands of news, business, and trade publications, newswires, and transcripts. Also search articles by industry, geographic location, and publication type. 

Business Source Complete
Find articles and reports using keywords specific to your topic and company.

Google Scholar
Simple way to search academic literature with direct links to Harvard resources.

Baker Library Research Guides

Company, Industry Career Research Guide  Look to the "Analyze Companies" tab

Financial Market Research Guide  

Business & the Environment Research Guide