Market View: ESG Data Platforms

Author: Will Jan

Date: July 21, 2020


This report offers insight into the top ESG data platforms. It uncovers opportunities for companies to become more sustainable in their business practices through benchmarking and for information and data companies to create new revenue by offering ESG data in support of the sustainability movement.


Market Definition and Methodology

In light of the global unrest due to COVID-19, many investors are seeking to institute change in addition to financial growth. As such, environmental, social, and governance (ESG) data is increasingly being used to create indices, ratings, and rankings. It is used simply as an additional screen for investment managers, and it is also explored to assess factors that contribute to sustainable corporate performance, and thus, higher investment returns.

Outsell defines the ESG data platform market as a subsegment of Financial Information & Solutions. These platform providers pull ESG data from third-party sources, e.g., environmental protection agencies and employment databases, and conduct surveys of companies before applying their proprietary scoring methodologies to the data. The methodologies consist of industry-specific weightings for each of the key metrics. Applied analytics on the scores are then used to create the following platform offerings:

  • Indices
  • Ratings
  • Rankings
  • Investment Fund Management
  • Proxy Voting

Additionally, because financial investors and traders could potentially derive signals — indications to buy, sell, or hold — from any type of data, including ESG information, several ESG data platform providers are offering direct data feeds, akin to alternative (alt) data portals that support financial research.

Outsell’s methodology starts with its robust database of over 10,000 global media and information companies, which are assigned to the appropriate segments in which they operate. This study combines primary on-the-record vendor research and secondary desk research by Outsell with an earnings assessment of the 16 key ESG data platform providers. We added to this a synthesis of Outsell’s daily contacts/interviews with the companies’ CEOs, CDOs, CPOs, and CTOs as well as our deep knowledge gained from our unique, ongoing market analysis history spanning more than two decades.


Table of Contents

Why This Segment

Market Definition and Methodology

Market Drivers and Inhibitors

Market Size and Share

Competitive Analysis

Competitors at a Glance

10 to Watch


Essential Actions

Related Research

About the Author

About Outsell


List of Figures

Figure 1: ESG Data Platform Market Size & Forecast 2018-2022 ($millions)


List of Tables

Table 1: Top ESG Data Platform Players and Market Share, 2018-19

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