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"The robots invading Wall Street. Software is replacing financial analysts, and it isn't likely to stop there"

Who’s Good is ready to launch!

Written By Who's good


Posted on October 17, 2016 at 14:03 PM



Here, at WHOsGOOD.org, We are very excited to announce the launch of a new suite of whosgood.org, the web-based open platform to compare, analyze and disclose the non-financial risks and sustainability of corporates using open data, big data and the non-financial robo-analyst algorithms.
We would like to make every company more sustainable for our community and planet. Therefore, today we are releasing the first parts of WHOs GOOD: our open toolkit for individual investors, analysts and consumers.
These tools help make decisions on the investment or purchasing processes. We are building new customer value through information transparency on company’s environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) risks.
Besides 400 companies in 2015, today we provide non-financial and sustainability information of 201 Korean listed companies. Very soon, we will be releasing more analysis covering more industries and companies. Moreover, you will be able to use “portfolio comparing” tool to benchmark various funds. Stay tuned!
Today, “Who’s Good” (www.whosgood.org), web based platform, which analyzes companies’ non-financial risks and sustainability. “Who’s Good” analyzes and digitizes non-financial information that is difficult to be quantifiable, compared to financial statements.
“Who’s Good” provides web crawling service, and analyzes and digitizes all sorts of environmental, social, and governance data related to companies’ non-financial sectors by using “Chiron-α”, an analyzing algorithm developed by the institute. It is like an automatic analyst that provides analysis reports, and it shows results and provides automatic explanations with infographics and data visuals. It can be said that a robo-analyst creates reports on behalf of a human.
Currently, there are four start-ups on Wall Street that are working on developing a robotic analyst via artificial intelligence: Yseop, Capital Cube, Goldman Sachs-backed Kensho Technologies Inc., and Narrative Science. Whereas these companies are focusing on developing robo-analysts for financial information, “Who’s Good” is the only start-up that is focusing on non-financial information.
If investors use “Who’s Good”, they can invest properly as their companies’ sustainability and non-financial risks can be easily figured out, and consumers can also easily find out the good companies and consumer products.
Indexes that are used to tell whether a certain company is good or not are not confined only to financial statements. Non-financial factors, including labor-management relations, soundness of management structures, environmental contributions, human rights, fair trade, and social responsibilities, are also important in assessing companies. For this reason, when well-known analysts select companies to invest in, they collect various information apart from financial statements before making a final decision.
The reports on “Who’s Good” include a variety of indexes about companies, including levels of water and electricity consumption, waste disposal, environmental activities, social responsibilities, contribution activities, employment, industrial accidents, wage disparities between executives and workers, transparency of management structures, male and female employment, employment status of irregular workers and the disabled, and social reputation index.
The companies’ scores are calculated by analyzing each company’s data, which are shown on the platform. It is also possible to compare each company’s data related to their non-financial factors. This platform has much bigger potential, as it can figure out certain risks via the collection of big data.
On the “Who’s Good” platform, 1,700 companies’ short profiles can be browsed, and detailed data of about 200 major companies are also available. The brief information of “Who’s Good Report” and each company’s score provided by the institute are available to all for free. Also, detailed reports are provided at a monthly flat rate.
Recognized with the non-financial data that the “Who’s Good” service provides, the institute was selected as an official global partner of World Bank last October. It will provide information to “Knowledge platform”, which is run by Connect4Climate (a global community for climate change) of World Bank, in order to encourage companies to decrease greenhouse gases and increase the use of new renewable energies.
Thomas Yoon, CEO and founder of the WHO’s GOOD, considered companies as the main agents that can solve various social problems in our society. This means that if companies fulfill their social responsibility, many problems can be solved.
The CEO said: “Our society will be able to find a truly good company if it can check its social responsibility and facts through data. ‘Who’s Good’ presents standards that can be used to discern good and bad companies to consumers and investors. And it will help good companies receive investments and sell more products.”
Mr. Yoon added: “If consumers and investors are attracted to good companies, other companies will put effort into proper management to become a good company. Eventually, this will lead to a good society.”
Starting in Korean markets in 2016, we will expand “Who’s Good” service to not only Asia but also North American and European companies.


Who’s Good at PRI in Person 2016

Written By Who's good


Posted on September 7, 2016 at 18:15 PM



PRI in Person is the only truly global conference on the responsible investment calendar, providing a platform for PRI signatories and other investment professionals to learn, network and collaborate in person over several days.
The annual event allows attendees to discuss topical issues and share experiences from their own organization and region with peers from around the world.
During the PRI’s tenth anniversary year, PRI in Person 2016 took place in Singapore on 6-8 September. They brought the world’s leading responsible investment event to Asia for the first time since 2008.
PRI in Person 2016 in Singapore brought together the responsible investment community to promote regional understanding of responsible investing as a risk management tool and opportunity, to explore emerging global themes and to discuss topics of interest to Asian investors and those investing in Asia.
As Who’s Good has joined the PRI within the last 12 months, UN PRI invited a representative of the Who’s Good to take part in a new signatory signing ceremony in Singapore.
As part of the ceremony, PRI’s Chair, Martin Skancke co-signed a certificate of the Six Principles along with the representative of Who’s Good, Maxim Nam.


Who’s Good launches Tackletox.com service. A new way to check toxic chemicals around you:

Written By Who's good


Posted on August 10, 2016 at 16:32 PM



We’re thrilled to announce this exciting new project Tackletox.com that provides information on toxic chemical substances emitted by corporations around the world. We suggest a new perspective on the chemical substances through the various analysis methods.
Some chemical substances are too complicated to distinguish and pronounce. Which chemical substance contains cancer-causing agent? How much chemical substances have been emitted by business facilities? How hazardous are they to the neighborhood, animals, plants and our health?
This website quantifies the toxicity of each chemical substance released by facilities and shows toxic score with the information of how each facility recycles, landfills, or disposals its after use chemical substances and what kind and volume of chemical substances each facility transfers.


Partnership with Koscom:

Written By Who's good


Posted on December 5, 2015 at 17:24 PM



Who’s Good is very excited to announce our new partner Koscom!
Koscom is a primary developer and operator of the core IT systems in Korean capital market and financial investment industry. Koscom is leading the growth of the domestic capital market by enhancing efficiency of IT service and providing comprehensive supports for the new markets in a timely manner. Furthermore, Koscom contributes to the global competitiveness of Korean capital market by exporting the IT systems to overseas markets including South East Asia.
Today’s financial industry recognizes IT as a crucial element, and requires more creative service through the convergence of finance and IT.
In the face of rapid change of financial environment, we, at Who’sGood, welcome Koscom to our partnership team and look forward to joining forces to find ways to shift to a more sustainable financial future!


Who’s Good is a proud professional service partner of UN PRI:

Written By Who's good


Posted on December 10, 2015 at 16:22 PM



Who’s Good is more than happy to join UN PRI as a service provider signatory.
The UN PRI is the world's leading proponent of responsible investment. It works to understand the investment implications of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors and to support its international network of signatories in incorporating these factors into their investment and ownership decisions. The PRI acts in the long-term interests of its signatories, of the financial markets and economies in which they operate and ultimately of the environment and society as a whole.
The PRI is truly independent. It encourages investors to use responsible investment to enhance returns and better manage risks, but does not operate for its own profit; it engages with global policy makers but is not associated with any government; it is supported by the United Nations.
The six Principles for Responsible Investment are a voluntary and aspirational set of investment principles that offer a menu of possible actions for incorporating ESG issues into investment practice.
The Principles were developed by investors, for investors. In implementing them, signatories contribute to developing a more sustainable global financial system. They have nearly 1,500 signatories, from over 50 countries, representing US$60 trillion.

PRINCIPLE 1: WE WILL INCORPORATE ESG ISSUES INTO INVESTMENT ANALYSIS AND DECISION-MAKING PROCESSES.
PRINCIPLE 2: WE WILL BE ACTIVE OWNERS AND INCORPORATE ESG ISSUES INTO OUR OWNERSHIP POLICIES AND PRACTICES.
PRINCIPLE 3: WE WILL SEEK APPROPRIATE DISCLOSURE ON ESG ISSUES BY THE ENTITIES IN WHICH WE INVEST.
PRINCIPLE 4: WE WILL PROMOTE ACCEPTANCE AND IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PRINCIPLES WITHIN THE INVESTMENT INDUSTRY.
PRINCIPLE 5: WE WILL WORK TOGETHER TO ENHANCE OUR EFFECTIVENESS IN IMPLEMENTING THE PRINCIPLES.
PRINCIPLE 6: WE WILL EACH REPORT ON OUR ACTIVITIES AND PROGRESS TOWARDS IMPLEMENTING THE PRINCIPLES.

We look forward to being active members of this outstanding organization. Becoming a professional partner is a commitment to providing, developing and promoting Who’s Good service that support clients’ implementation of the Principles.


Our New Partner FactSet:

Written By Who's good


Posted on October 30, 2015 at 13:01 PM



We are thrilled to team up with our new partner FactSet, It delivers the world’s best insight and information to investment professionals through superior analytics, service, content, and technology. More than 63,000 users make smarter investment decisions with FactSet’s desktop analytics, mobile applications, and comprehensive data feeds.
Over the last 15 years, the online information industry has enjoyed supercharged growth. FactSet has established itself as a market leader and continues to find cutting-edge ways to deliver financial information. FactSet is consistently recognized by BusinessWeek, Forbes, FORTUNE, and top business analysts as a fast and steadily growing company.
Since becoming a public company in 1996, FactSet has evolved from a U.S.-centric software firm into a global company generating approximately a third of its revenues from clients outside the U.S. Through technological proficiency, a dedicated workforce, and an unwavering commitment to client service, the Company has driven revenue and earnings per share to new heights, as well as increased its international presence, and ultimately, its competitive edge.


Who’s Good is partnering with World Bank for Connect4Climate:

Written By Who's good


Posted on October 28, 2015 at 10:35 AM



Who’s Good is very excited to announce our new partnership with World Bank: Connect4Climate, a global partnership program based at the World Bank Group working to communicate climate change. It is supported by the Italian Ministry of Environment, Land and Sea, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and the World Bank Group, along with more than 400 partners from civil society, media networks, international organizations, academic institutions, youth groups and the private sector.
Communication for Development has a key role to play in raising awareness and in building coalitions that amplify advocacy efforts among policy-makers, the private sector and grassroots communities. It is a fundamental tool for sharing knowledge in a culturally sensitive manner and appropriate language, managing expectations, and changing perceptions and attitudes, toward the necessary behavior change.
It was with these principles in mind that the Ministry of Environment and Territory of the Government of Italy established the Communication for Climate Change Multi-Donor Trust Fund (CCC MDTF) at the World Bank in January 2009. In 2014, the CCC MDTF was honored to announce the addition of a new donor to the Trust Fund program; The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) of Germany.
We, at Who’s Good, are honored to support the objectives of Connect4Climate. We look forward to helping these initiatives raise the awareness about climate change and its impact at various levels: public, private sector, and policy and decision-makers!