Impact Resource Center

Insights to help investors understand impact


Why is Measuring Impact Important?

Investors increasingly view a robust responsible investment strategy to be one that considers the environmental and social impact of investee companies alongside financial returns. Because of this, investors need a consistent way to evaluate the broader impact of the companies they invest in.

Building Impact Focused Investment Strategies

Investors can use Impact data throughout the investment process to support robust impact-oriented strategies. This starts with setting meaningful and transparent impact objectives, and includes investment selection, monitoring and engagement and reporting back to stakeholders.

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Integrating Impact into your Investment Process

Join Morningstar Sustainalytics to discover emerging best practices for evaluating key impact metrics of portfolio companies and better understand your investments’ environmental and social impacts.

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Post-COP15 Outlook: Evolving Investor Responsibilities in Biodiversity

Awaiting COP15’s Global Biodiversity Framework negotiation outcomes, financial market participants could face new regulatory pressure sooner than expected to integrate biodiversity assessment into their investment, decision-making processes.

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Biodiversity loss and climate change call for a nature-positive economy – Stewardship may lead the way

Financial institutions funding the supply chains affected by biodiversity loss stand to lose right alongside farmers, producers and retailers—and so, in turn, do investors. ESG stewardship continues to be a powerful investor instrument to mitigate risks on a changing planet. With growing expectations of double materiality, it is an opportunity for investors to have a greater societal impact and support the transition towards a nature-positive economy.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Assessing impact often starts with the UN SDGs. Introduced in 2015, The 17 SDGs are described as the “blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all.” Each of the 17 SDGs have a targeted goal to achieve by 2030 and most businesses are increasingly being scrutinized on these in the context of global issues including poverty, human well-being, consumption of natural resources, climate change, and environmental conservation.

Explore Sustainalytics’ ESG Impact Themes

Our ESG Impact Framework is the foundation of our approach to measuring Impact, and includes five key impact themes:


Climate Action

The global effort to limit the Earth’s increasing temperature and manage its consequences. This includes measures to promote clean energy, reduce GHG emissions and adapt to climate change.


Healthy Ecosystems

The safeguarding of land, air and water to ensure ecologically safe environments. This does not include GHG emissions and water consumption, as these are covered under other themes.


Resource Security

The effort to secure the Earth's resources by using them efficiently and contributing to circular economies. Resources of concern include water, timber, metals, minerals, gases and all types of manufactured materials.


Basic Needs

Addressing human needs, particularly those of low-income individuals. Basic needs include providing access to food, housing, essential healthcare (including major and neglected diseases), clean water, and energy for underserved populations. It also addresses human safety, including safe workplaces and communities.


Human Development

Enhancing human capabilities and promoting human progress. This includes measures that support education, improve equality, provide employment opportunities and advance healthcare.

Sustainalytics Solutions

Sustainalytics is committed to helping investors analyze the environmental and social impact of their investee companies’ operations and economic activities. Learn more about our Impact Solutions:

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