Degroof Petercam’s Equity Research published its first ESG report based on own standardized methodology, combining quantitative scoring and qualitative assessment of ESG aspects. This allows for an integrated approach that brings fundamental financial and non-financial research to capture the full picture and true performance of a company. The initial ESG report includes the analysis of 61 listed companies, with plans to gradually extend this approach to the rest of its research coverage.
Equity Research plays a pivotal role in guiding institutional investors to make well-informed investment decisions in the stock market. The rise of ESG-oriented investments is driving demand for robust ESG research. This report also aims to bridge the gap for companies that are not yet widely rated by predominant ESG rating agencies.
Kris Kippers, Co-Head of Equity Research : “We believe that a standalone financial analysis fails to capture the reality companies are evolving into and no longer accurately reflects the performance of the latter.We are committed in guiding institutional investors through the integration of ESG considerations within their investment decision process and in raising awareness among companies and helping them in their ESG journey. Standardization, targeted guidance, and sector-specific approaches will undoubtedly pave the way for a more sustainable future.”
The equity research team of Degroof Petercam is composed of 12 analysts is the largest in Belgium. The team actively covers some 140 listed companies, primarily in the BeNeLux but also some specific names in France, Italy and Sweden. Its partnership with ID MidCaps in France extends its coverage to an additional 80 French listed companies.