Columbia University Sustainability Management Students & Alumni Attend Bloomberg ESG Training
Originally published on State of the Planet.
by Alyssa Rome | 12.8.2014 at 4:51pm
On Friday, November 21, students and alumni of the M.S. in Sustainability Management (MSSM) program added to their arsenal of environmental knowledge and skills by participating in a half-day training session on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) data and analysis at Bloomberg, LP. The seminar was co-taught by Madison Brown and Morgan Tarrant, two of Bloomberg’s ESG analysts.
Some 30 students and alumni attended the event, who were able to use Bloomberg terminals to see, first-hand, the practical applications of ESG data. They were particularly interested in seeing how these sustainability concepts learned in the classroom were being incorporated into real business operations.
“I had no idea the terminal offered such a breadth and depth of data and ready-made analysis, especially on the ESG front”, said current MSSM student Sophie Dejonckheere. “It’s very encouraging to see that what we study and strive for is already being incorporated and applied to business operations and investment decisions with world class tools.”
The seminar reviewed Bloomberg’s process of gathering the data it inputs into its terminals, namely how to use the data that is gathered in order to assess a company’s performance and compare that performance to that of other companies. The students also learned how to build an investment portfolio using selected ESG data points, how to score companies on ESG performance, ways to assess long-term ESG risk, and where to find daily ESG research on the Bloomberg terminal.
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