LONDON-(BUSINESS WIRE)- Moody’s Corporation (NYSE: MCO) kondigde vandaag aan dat het een meerderheidsbelang heeft verworven in Vigeo Eiris, een wereldleider op het gebied van onderzoek, gegevens en evaluaties op het gebied van milieu, maatschappij en bestuur (ESG). De overname bevordert Moody’s doelstelling om wereldwijde normen voor ESG voor gebruik door marktpartijen te promoten.
Met producten en mogelijkheden op basis van ESG-beoordelingen en een uitgebreide ESG-database biedt Vigeo Eiris gespecialiseerde onderzoeks- en besluitvormingsinstrumenten voor duurzaam en ethisch beleggen.
Vigeo Eiris zal haar hoofdkwartier in Parijs blijven hebben, actief onder haar bestaande merknaam, en het zal een dochteronderneming zijn van Moody’s Investors Service.
De overname erkent dat ESG-overwegingen steeds relevanter worden voor emittenten, beleggers, tegenpartijen en anderen, aangezien kapitaalmarkten en andere belanghebbenden op zoek zijn naar duidelijke en objectieve standaarden om deze factoren te begrijpen en te meten.
Moody’s Acquires Majority Stake in Vigeo Eiris, a Global Leader in ESG Assessments
LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Moody’s Corporation (NYSE: MCO) announced today that it has acquired a majority stake in Vigeo Eiris, a global leader in Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) research, data and assessments. The acquisition furthers Moody’s objective of promoting global standards for ESG for use by market participants.
With products and capabilities based on ESG assessments and an extensive ESG database, Vigeo Eiris offers specialized research and decision-making tools for sustainable and ethical investments.
Vigeo Eiris will continue to be headquartered in Paris, operating under its existing brand, and it will be an affiliate of Moody’s Investors Service.
The acquisition recognizes that ESG considerations are increasingly relevant to issuers, investors, counterparties and others as capital markets and other stakeholders seek clear and objective standards for understanding and measuring these factors.
“Vigeo Eiris has been a pioneer in bringing greater transparency and awareness of ESG and sustainability issues to market participants and has continued to innovate and expand as demand for this information has grown,” said Myriam Durand, Global Head of Assessments at Moody’s Investors Service. “Moody’s acquisition of a majority stake in Vigeo Eiris will contribute to the further development of leading ESG risk assessments, enabling the market to benefit from a global standard in assessing ESG considerations as part of their investment decisions.”
“This acquisition reinforces the importance of ESG assessments to market participants. We look forward to working with Moody’s to offer customers access to a broad range of comprehensive sustainability risk assessments, research and data,” said Nicole Notat, President of Vigeo Eiris.
The acquisition furthers Moody’s ongoing commitment to enhancing transparency and creating standards in ESG. For more information about Moody’s approach to ESG, visit esg.moodys.io.
The terms of the transaction were not disclosed, and it will not have a material impact on Moody’s financial results.
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