ICE, Intercontinental Exchange

Intercontinental Exchange to Launch ESG Data Service in H2 2020

ICE - ESG Data ServiceThe leading operator of global exchanges and clearing houses and provider of data and listings services has launched ESG data service that is designed to help investors better assess the environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks and opportunities in corporations.

ICE Data Services decided to meet the ESG trend increasingly followed by investors across the world who wish to add ESG risk into their investment decisions, reflecting a view that companies that maintain
good metrics in this area may generate stronger returns, deliver lower risk, and adhere to sound management principles.

ESG terms and conditions data was now added to its existing reference data offering for U.S. and international listed corporations. ICE Data Services’ customers will be able to subscribe to receive primary ESG data points, such as greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reported, board diversity metrics, and nearly 500 other key metrics of ESG-related data. The dataset will be flexible, growing as ESG disclosure evolves.

A report by BofA Global Research last September noted there could be over $20 trillion in asset growth in ESG funds over the next two decades, equivalent to the size of the S&P 500 today. The entity will serve as ICE’s development partner for this new service and will leverage the offering to enhance its global equity and credit analysis, including ESG-related metrics, incorporated into the fundamental research reports it provides to its clients.

Candace Browning, head of BoA Global Research, said: “Our investing clients are seeking consistency and transparency in ESG reporting. ICE Data Services already has a robust reference data offering covering millions of securities, and we look forward to working with them as they build out this additional functionality.”

Lynn Martin, ICE Data Services President and COO
Lynn Martin, ICE Data Services President and COO

Lynn Martin, President of ICE Data Services, commented: “The ESG landscape is evolving rapidly, and investors are increasingly looking for comparable, decision-useful data. By supplementing our existing reference data services with quantitative ESG data points drawn from publicly available information, our goal is to increase transparency for these metrics, enabling customers to better understand the risks and opportunities that exist in the market. We are proud to partner with BofA Global Research, one of the world’s thought leaders in this area of financial analysis.”

The new ESG reference data offering is expected to become available
for subscription in the second half of 2020.