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“Firms with strong ESG performance may now be enjoying both financial outperformance (particularly market-based) and lower risk as measured by the cost of equity and/or debt (both loans and bonds) capital in the short run.”

Data sources

We enhance the reliability of our analysis through collaboration with the most reliable big data sources all over the world.

Greenhouse Gas Inventory & Research Center of Korea
An open organization that was established on June 15, 2010 as Korea’s the most important research institute on GHG inventory & mitigation based on the Low Carbon Act. It provides us a neutral and unbiased view of Gas emission and Energy consumption data.
http://www.gir.go.kr/eng/main.do
Korea Institute for Industrial Technology
The institute was founded as an affiliated institute of the Ministry of Commerce & Industry in 1989 for the purpose of strengthening SMEs' autonomy. We use its industrial green product integrated information as a reliable source.
http://eng.kitech.re.kr/
CEC
An organization that facilitates collaboration and public participation was founded in 1994 to foster conservation, protection and enhancement of the North American environment. It is our main source of North American data.
http://www.cec.org/
US Environmental Protection Agency
A US government organization that was created in 1970 for the purpose of protecting human health and the environment by writing and enforcing regulations based on laws passed by Congress. It provides us online resources containing valuable data about toxic chemicals.
https://www.epa.gov
Environmental data exchange
A UK organization founded in 2016 to help the search, discovery and use of environmental data, which will unlock the innovation needed to tackle the environmental challenges and opportunities by governments, organisations and SMEs alike. We use its data for UK environmental data analysis.
https://www.environmentaldataexchange.org.uk
Sustainability Reports
In 1997, the International Corporate Environmental Reporting was founded by Folkert van der Molen. Its website is providing worldwide news and references to numerous sources. We utilize its annual reports of international companies with non-financial (sustainability) information in the Who’s Good Score.
http://www.sustainability-reports.com/
National Institute of Environmental Research
A Government agency that was founded in 1970s, conducts research in a wide range of fields including environmental health, climate & air, water, resources, energy, indoor environment, and soil. It helps us to analyze data of chemical emissions and environmental pollution.
http://www.nier.go.kr/NIER/eng/index.do
Ministry of Environment
An affiliate of the Ministry of Environment was founded in 1980 to facilitate countermeasures against climate change, protects the national territory from threats of environmental pollution and to improve the quality of life for the public and it provides us with corporate environmental performance data.
http://eng.me.go.kr/eng/web/main.do
Korea Environmental Industry & Technology Institute
A government organization established in 2005 to achieve both environmental protection and economic growth. One of the Asian representatives to the United Nations in the division of Sustainable Consumption and Production policies and our environmental data provider.
http://www.keiti.re.kr/en
ENV-INFO System
A database that was created to develop the basis for environmental business management and an autonomous environmental management system across the society, to contribute to green loans and green investments in environment-friendly companies by financial institutions, by providing verified environmental information to financial institutions.
http://www.env-info.kr/
National Chemicals Information System
NCIS is providing the Korean chemical inventories and information about toxicity, hazard, regulatory etc. in the form of database for industries, laboratories and the public. It was established in 2005, in the same year a database of the existing chemicals and a search program were developed. It also contains risk information from overseas entities (OECD SIDS, EPA risk reports, EU risk reports, USA)
http://ncis.nier.go.kr/main/Main.jsp
European Chemical Agency
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is the driving force among regulatory authorities in implementing the EU's groundbreaking chemicals legislation for the benefit of human health and the environment as well as for innovation and competitiveness. ECHA helps companies to comply with the legislation, advances the safe use of chemicals, provides information on chemicals and addresses chemicals of concern.
https://echa.europa.eu
Ministry of Gender Equality and Family
A government organization founded in 1980s to protect women's rights and establish family policies from the Korean Government’s ministry. We use its portal as a human rights data source.
http://www.mogef.go.kr/eng/index.jsp
Korea Consumer Agency
A government organization established in 1987, based on the Consumer Protection Act. Protects consumer rights and interests, it provides product test reports, data of ccm certified companies, false advertising data, and consumer information reports for our analysis.
http://english.kca.go.kr/index.do
Ministry of Employment and Labor
A government organization founded in 1945, and it is responsible for establishing and coordinating employment and labor policies, employment insurance, vocational skills development training, etc. We utilize its data for evaluation of work place assessment risks, average accidents rate, and condition of workers.
http://www.moel.go.kr/english/main.jsp
Korea Employment Agency for the Disabled
A governmental agency founded in 1990s to expand employment opportunities to support people with disabilities. KEAD provides us the data of employment environment improvement for disabled.
https://www.kead.or.kr/english/index.jsp
DART
Data Analysis, Retrieval and Transfer System, that was established in 1997 to allow users and investors to immediately access to all disclosed documents of listed companies which were submitted online.
http://dart.fss.or.kr/ (No English version)
Korean fair trade commission
A ministerial-level central administrative organization that was formed in 1980 under the authority of the Prime Minister and also functions as a quasi-judiciary body. We analyze its reports of unfair trading practices.
http://eng.ftc.go.kr/index.jsp
Edgar
The Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval system that was formed in 2002 to perform automated collection, validation, indexing, acceptance, and forwarding of submissions by companies and others who are required by law. We analyze its annual reports of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission SEC.
https://www.sec.gov
Korea Trade Commission
A government organization that was formed in 1987, it is responsible for implementing trade remedies and safeguard measures. We use its data of anti-dumping duties, countervailing duties and the investigation of unfair trade practices.
https://www.ktc.go.kr:20443/en/main.do
FACTSET
An international portal that was founded in 1978 to delivers the world's best insight and information to investment professionals through superior analytics, service, content, and technology. FactSet is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ (NYSE:FDS | NASDAQ:FDS). It is our partner and data provider.
http://www.factset.com/
Koscom
A primary developer and operator of the core IT systems in Korean capital market and financial investment industry was formed in 1977. Koscom is leading the growth of the domestic capital market by enhancing efficiency of IT service and our partner to provide necessary data for analysis.
http://english.koscom.co.kr/eng/main.do
Korea Exchange
The sole securities exchange operator in South Korea. It has released a variety of indices for stocks, bonds, derivatives, strategies, etc., since the stock index by the adjusted stock price average method. KOSPI Index plays a role of the leading index of the Korean stock market. We utilize its data to summarize info of listed companies, and their financial data.
https://global.krx.co.kr/main/main.jsp
Financial Supervisory Service
A government agency which conducts supervision of banks, nonbank financial companies, financial investment services providers, and insurance companies in order to ensure they comply with certain safety standards, requirements, and safeguards. We use its data to evaluate public complaints about financial corporations.
http://english.fss.or.kr/fss/eng/main.jsp/