ESG Data Guide 2024

Morningstar Sustainalytics - EU Action Plan Solutions

Data category

  • Environmental data
  • Research data
  • Social data

The data offers solutions for:

  • Environmental impact analysis and insight
  • Investment decisions and portfolio insight
  • Norms-based screening
  • Reporting: SFDR
  • Social impact analysis and insight

Who are the data users?

  • Financial institutions
  • Investors

Brief description of the data offering

EU Taxonomy:

The EU Taxonomy solution is designed to support financial market participants in actively complying with the EU’s regulatory disclosure requirements. In addition, our solution enables financial market participants to use EU Taxonomy data for other investment purposes, including portfolio and fund construction, company screening and engagement. Our solution covers 12,000+ companies across 89 Taxonomy activities for Climate Change Mitigation and 96 for Climate Change Adaptation. We collect reported and estimated data across all three KPIs: revenues, capex and Opex. The research is updated on a monthly basis.

EU Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR):

PAI Data Solution is designed to support clients in meeting the regulatory disclosure requirements related to the Principle Adverse Impacts (PAIs) under the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation.  The solution covers 13,000 companies and is updated on a quarterly basis.

Where and how do you source your data?

EU SFDR PAIs: The data set has been created specifically to ensure compliance with the SFDR, with methodologies and calculations designed to match the regulation. Morningstar Sustainalytics has worked to identify a combination of data points that can be used to identify ‘sustainable investments.’

EU Taxonomy: Our EU Taxonomy Solution includes Taxonomy-specific data reported by companies and estimated eligibility and alignment assessments that are based on industry-leading estimation models. It has been constructed using our own cutting-edge Activity-Based Research (ABR), newly undertaken for this purpose, and leveraging our existing ESG expertise and product suite.

SFDR Collected Attributes: This data is collected from fund prospectuses and annual reports.

European ESG Template: Data collected from the EET.

What is the cost for your data offering?

Our pricing is based on the scope of data needed and tailored to each client’s specific use case. Contact us at to learn more.  

What are the key attributes that differentiate the data you offer?

Morningstar Sustainalytics is committed to helping clients successfully meet the EU Action Plan requirements through a suite of high-quality research solutions and capabilities.

EU SFDR PAIs are differentiated by:

  • Industry leading indicator coverage: with research on 55 of 57 of all corporate and sovereign indicators
  • Indicator methodology: Offers leading methodologies across the PAI indicators which have been developed by ESG research experts with over 18 years of experience in the field
  • Commitment to an Evolving Regulation: committed to keeping in step with the evolving regulation – E.g. implementing new indicators as required as part of future reviews of PAI indicators.
  • Transparency: provides full transparency of methodology, research processes and drivers of key results for regulatory use cases. E.g comprehensive PAI methodology doc, substantial underlying data in details file

EU Taxonomy are differentiated by:

  • Coverage of all activities for the climate change mitigation and climate change adaptation objectives set out in the EU Taxonomy Climate Delegated Act
  • High Quality Methodology:
  • Data structure includes all key breakdowns required within SFDR annexes/templates
  • Estimation models based on dedicated activity-based research plus robust screen based on long standing research
  • Transparency:
    • Clients have full view of methodology, research processes and quality controls.
  • Ease of access: intuitive company reports with activity-level analyst write ups, integration across Sustainalytics, Morningstar and 3rd party platforms, variety of reporting solutions