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Sustainalytics Receives Environmental Finance Award for Impact Research

Firm honoured for its annual report, 10 for 2021: Investing in the Circular Food Economy 

September 7, 2021, London - Sustainalytics, a Morningstar company and a leading global provider of ESG research, ratings, and data, received the Award for Impact Research in the second annual Environmental Finance IMPACT Awards 2021. With the demand for food production expected to increase by 25 to 70 per cent over the next 30 years, Sustainalytics’ 10 for 2021 report offers insight into industries most connected to the global food value chain and how companies in key sectors are managing their ESG risks and investing in solutions.

10 for 2021 draws on components of Sustainalytics’ ESG Risk Ratings to help investors evaluate ESG risks in three key areas of the food economy, including agricultural chemicals and preservatives, agriculture and aquaculture, and food consumption. The authors of the report leverage Sustainalytics’ unique material ESG issue framework to determine how exposed companies involved in the food economy are to ESG risks and how well these companies are managing their risks.  

While the 10 for 2021 report focuses on the ESG risks facing industries in the food value chain, the authors also took a novel analytical approach by focusing on how companies are investing in real-world solutions. Leveraging Sustainalytics’ Sustainable Products Research, which identifies companies that derive revenue from sustainable products and services, the authors show that food industry players are investing in areas such as reducing food waste, precision farming, and organic feed to create a more sustainable food economy.

“Sustainalytics is delighted to be recognized for its impact research by Environmental Finance’s panel of industry experts,” said Martin Vezér, PhD, Manager of Thematic Research at Sustainalytics and lead author of 10 for 2021. “The report is our response to increasing interest in circular economy themed funds among investors as the environmental and social impacts of large-scale business activities continue to draw public attention.”

Environmental Finance’s independent judging panel was impressed by the educational aspects of 10 for 2021’s thematic funds coverage, outlining three model strategies that fund investors can utilise to develop well-diversified circular food economy-focused funds. To learn more about leveraging Sustainalytics’ industry leading ESG Risk Ratings and Impact Solutions for investor success, please visit here.  


About Sustainalytics

Sustainalytics, a Morningstar Company, is a leading ESG research, ratings and data firm that supports investors around the world with the development and implementation of responsible investment strategies. For nearly 30 years, the firm has been at the forefront of developing high-quality, innovative solutions to meet the evolving needs of global investors. Today, Sustainalytics works with hundreds of the world’s leading asset managers and pension funds who incorporate ESG and corporate governance information and assessments into their investment processes. Sustainalytics also works with hundreds of companies and their financial intermediaries to help them consider sustainability in policies, practices, and capital projects. As of the date this release was published, Sustainalytics has more than 1100 staff members across 16 offices globally, including more than 400 analysts with varied multidisciplinary expertise across more than 40 industry groups. For more information, visit



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