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SRI news: UBS in green data deal.



Byline: news@cpifinancial.net (Staff Writer)

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 Investment Bank said that its Alternative Research business has entered into a "strategic alliance" with Trucost, an environmental research organisation providing data and analysis on the carbon impacts of companies.

"Trucost helps investors, companies and governments understand how environmental issues will affect companies' business activities," the investment bank explained.

UBS Alternative Research's arrangement with Trucost will include joint marketing through collaboration with the bank's SRI research team, as well as investor calls, conferences and roadshows. In addition, UBS will facilitate access to Trucost's products and services, which includes analyses of company emissions, natural resource usage, and other environmental impacts based on a proprietary external cost methodology.

"The demand for socially responsible and environmentally conscious research has risen sharply," said Mark Steinert, Global Head of Equities Research at UBS.

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, Chief Executive of Trucost said, "Trucost was established in 2000 to help investors, companies and government to understand how companies' environmental impacts could affect their financial performance."

"More and more investors understand that environmental impacts have a cost, and that cost affects business performance," added Julie Hudson, Global Head of Socially Responsible Investing Socially responsible investing describes an investment strategy which combines the intentions to maximize both financial return and social good. In general, socially responsible investors favor corporate practices which are environmentally responsible, support workplace diversity,  and Sustainability Equity Research.

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