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A data-driven approach to Environmental, Social and Governance

The future of finance goes hand in hand with social responsibility, environmental stewardship and corporate ethics. In order to stay competitive, Financial Services Institutions (FSI)  are increasingly  disclosing more information about their environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance. By better understanding and quantifying the sustainability and societal impact of any investment in a company or business, FSIs can mitigate reputation risk and maintain the trust with both their clients and shareholders. At Databricks, we increasingly hear from our customers that ESG has become a C-suite priority. This is not solely driven by altruism but also by economics: Higher ESG ratings are generally positively correlated with valuation and profitability while negatively correlated with volatility. In this blog post, we offer a novel approach to sustainable investing by combining natural language processing (NLP) techniques and graph analytics to extract key strategic ESG initiatives and learn companies’ relationships in a global market and their impact to market risk calculations.