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Sustainalytics Accelerates its Digital Innovation with Addition of Real-Time ESG Data Analytics Capabilities

Act Analytics Team will Join Sustainalytics

October 14, 2021, Toronto - Sustainalytics, a Morningstar company and leading global provider of ESG research, ratings, and data, today announced that it is further investing in its digital innovation and enhancing its real-time ESG data analytics capabilities through an agreement with Toronto-based Act Analytics, whereby the Act Analytics team of talented portfolio management, machine learning and market data experts will join Sustainalytics. 

Founded by Zachary Dan in 2019, Act Analytics quickly became a known fintech as a preeminent provider of real-time ESG analytics driven by the latest in machine learning technology. The firm’s algorithms and natural language processing techniques use real-time news coverage and proven AI to identify ESG risk and opportunity signals for clients, including asset managers, asset owners, quantitative fund managers, index providers and investment advisors. 

“Zachary has built a strong team to address the growing opportunities for advanced technology in the ESG space. The addition of Zachary Dan and key members of the Act Analytics team immediately enhances Sustainalytics’ technical capabilities and highlights our commitment to deliver rigorous, data-driven investment insights to investors of all types,” said Arik Brutian, Executive Director, Digital Innovation at Sustainalytics.

Commenting on the move, Zachary Dan said “There are so many transformational opportunities to put technology advancements to work throughout the investment decision-making spectrum. With Sustainalytics’ best-in-class platform and established machine learning and fintech capabilities combined with our team’s proven AI expertise and passion for driving digital innovation, I am very excited about the timely, data-driven ESG investing insights we can deliver to investors.”

Assuming the role of Director of Digital Innovation, Mr. Dan and his team will join Sustainalytics later this month.


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. With 17 offices globally, Sustainalytics has more than 1,100 staff members, including more than 400 analysts with varied multidisciplinary expertise across more than 40 industry groups. For more information, visit


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