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Trucost

With the world's most comprehensive data on corporate environmental impacts, Trucost provides investors, fund managers and companies with:

  • The most efficient approach to measuring carbon and wider environmental impacts across investment portfolios, organizations and supply chains

  • Clear identification of prioritized focus areas for reducing environmental impacts

  • Validation of source data, including completion of gaps in data which are currently not being tracked or reported on

  • Comparison of environmental performance against peers, sectors and investment benchmarks

  • The ability to create environmentally-tilted investment products.

In order to deliver this, Trucost has developed a comprehensive approach to calculating quantitative environmental impact information. Trucost’s environmental data model accounts for 464 industries worldwide, and tracks over 700 environmental impacts, from carbon and other greenhouse gases to water, waste, metals and chemicals.

To assess a company’s environmental impacts, Trucost initially analyses the publicly available financial information from the company, in order to establish which industries the company is operating in. Trucost’s data model can then predict the environmental impact of the company, based on Trucost’s understanding of the industries it which it operates.

At this point, things get really interesting. Trucost enhances its data model by incorporating reported environmental data for each company, as available from the company’s own public and private disclosures. Trucost then provides each analyzed company with standardized, best practice environmental impact data for its global operations, and gives them the opportunity to respond with more information, which is then incorporated into the company profile.

These disclosures are unique to Trucost, and enable the Trucost data model to be refined with actual information. Once the data on a company has been fleshed out to the extent possible, Trucost can then generate information on a company's environmental impacts, assess which areas of operations need to be prioritised to reduce impacts, and enable comparisons with other companies in the same or other sectors.

Trucost Plc is the world leading environmental data provider established in early 2000 to help organisations, investors and governments understand the environmental impacts of business activities. Trucost provides data and analysis on company emissions and natural resource usage and presents these in financial as well as quantity terms, providing the basis for an improved dialogue between companies, investors and other stakeholders.

The external cost methodology employed by Trucost outlines a company's environmental impacts in order of significance, enabling directors and auditors to focus their efforts on those impacts that are likely to be material to the business. This also forms a transparent process by which a company and its auditors can assess whether it should make a public disclosure, for example under the EU Accounts Modernisation Directive.

Fund managers and analysts increasingly need to know how environmental issues may have a financially material impact on companies' future earnings and make comparisons between companies in a given sector. Yet their ability to accurately assess this is currently constrained by the lack of consistent or comprehensive environmental data disclosure by companies. Trucost's comprehensive coverage ensures that all companies in an index are included, not just those that disclose environmental information. Trucost provides data and analysis on over 4,500 companies worldwide, covering the world’s major investment indices. Click here for details.

Trucost has the support of an International Advisory Panel of leading academics in the fields of economics and the environment, who lend their considerable experience to the specialist research staff located in London. Trucost's Board of Directors not only demonstrates a broad range of business experience, with a strong emphasis on economics and the finance industry, but it also brings together a variety of academic and professional disciplines.

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Source Type For profit CSR/SRI research firm
Number of Companies Reported from Source 7364 companies
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