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oekom research AG is one of the world's leading rating agencies and provides the crucial head start in the segment of sustainable investments. Being the partner of institutional investors and financial service providers, we develop innovative investment strategies that combine sustainability research with a high rate of return.
Our sustainability research covers share and bond issuers (companies, countries and supra-national institutions). When evaluating securities, we place a strong emphasis on quality, independence and transparency.
Since 1993, oekom research has actively helped to shape the market for sustainable investments. Our analysts are experts whose services are much in demand. Their evaluations provide companies with a critical yardstick, while at the same time acting as a stimulus for integrating environmental and social concerns into company management.
The use of sustainability ratings improves the risk-return ratio of investments in corporate bonds
Corporate bonds are enjoying increasing popularity among companies and investors. The persisting low interest rates on investment-grade government bonds, in particular, mean that investors are increasingly turning their attention to corporate bonds. Those investors who take account, when selecting corporate bonds, of how the issuing company deals with the industry-specific challenges of sustainable development will have clear advantages in terms of the likelihood of default and the interest return on the bonds. This is shown in a study by the independent rating agency oekom research, which is being presented to the public at the rating agency’s annual “Double Dividend” conference in Frankfurt/Main. more...
Double-digit growth of the European SRI market
According to the European SRI Study 2014, published by the European Sustainable Investment Forum (Eurosif), all surveyed SRI strategies are continuing to grow.
Assets subject to exclusion criteria grew by 91 per cent between 2011 and 2013 and cover an estimated 41 per cent (6.9 trillion euros) of European professionally managed assets. Exclusions cover more assets than any other SRI strategy and have the most consistent usage across Europe. Assets subject to engagement and voting policies have grown by 86 per cent over the period to reach 3.3 trillion euros, more...