Credit Rating Research Specialist Daniel Cash on the complexity of rating ESG, the source of “woke-ism,” and why extra due diligence is necessary

Sally Duros

Sally Duros

Freelance Editor

John Lothian News talked with Daniel Cash, a credit rating research specialist and Reader in Law at Aston University, about credit ratings and the complexity of rating ESG.  Cash described the origins and relative simplicity of existing credit ratings as well as the challenges of ESG ratings.  Cash discussed how he sees ESG as a response to the financial crisis of 2008 and at its core a move to engender better business practices. He discussed the public confounding of ESG ratings with sustainability ratings. Finally, he discussed doing deep due diligence beyond the ratings when investing in ESG. He suggested that a good source of information about ESG ratings is “Rate the Raters 2023: ESG Ratings at a Crossroads” from the Sustainability Institute. You can download the free report here. This interview was conducted by Sally Duros, ESG Reporter for John Lothian News. 

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