Guide to ESG data providers :: Resource Watch

World Resources Institute - Resource Watch

Data category

  • Environmental data
  • Social data
  • Geospatial

What data do you provide?

Resource Watch is an open data visualization platform from the World Resources Institute that hosts over 230 trusted and timely data sets covering climate change, human health, air quality, water scarcity and more. It can help investors grasp environmental and social trends and analyze investment risks and opportunities. 

Resource Watch includes a much wider range of environmental and socioeconomic data than WRI’s more focused platforms such as Global Forest Watch, Climate Watch, and Aqueduct. You can find these platforms and more in the App Gallery.

Resource Watch is currently in Beta, and WRI is dedicated to growing it and making it stronger every day. WRI will be regularly adding new data sets, functionality, and blogs.

Where and how do you source your data?

The data on Resource Watch come from various sources, including governments, intergovernmental organizations, research institutions, and scientific publications. Resource Watch has a rigorous data collection process, guided by WRI’s independent, nonpartisan experts. Data on Resource Watch must come from established sources and be peer-reviewed or based on a transparent established methodology. Learn more about the curation process in the Resource Watch Data Policy.

Who are the data users?

Anyone can use Resource Watch, but Resource Watch was designed with the following audiences in mind: government staff, business analysts, journalists, and researchers. WRI’s Sustainable Investing Initiative is collaborating with the Resource Watch team to explore ways to tailor Resource Watch for an investor audience. To learn more or get involved, please contact Giulia Christianson,

What is the cost for your data offering?

No cost. Resource Watch data are free and open to use for any user’s analysis as long as use complies with the licensing and restrictions of the source data providers. Users can access links to download data and find information on the licensing of the data from the data set detail pages.