Overview of Materiality matters

ESG scores are used for a variety of reasons. “Traditional” ESG scores are not designed to focus on the ESG issues that are relevant to the financial performance of a specific company. Fuel efficiency, for example, has a bigger impact on the bottom line of an airline than it does on an investment bank.

So, rather than adopt a one-size-fits-all approach, Russell Investments has developed a new ESG scoring methodology that reflects the materiality of the issues that are specific to a company and their profitability.

 

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Key research findings


Not all ESG issues are equal

Our research showed that
< 25% of data items in traditional ESG scores were considered material for two thirds of all securities in the Russell Global Large Cap Index universe.


Performance impact

From our initial research we have found a significant performance improvement when focusing on stocks that have higher material ESG characteristics.


Practical approach

In our research paper we provide a practical example of how the material ESG score can have a significant impact on the review of companies’ activity.


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