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September 1, 2022

Revealed: The wealth management & private banking companies leading the way in ESG

We aggregated thousands of records from GlobalData's proprietary themes, jobs, deals and patents databases to identify the most active companies in the area of ESG in the wealth management & private banking sector.

By Data Journalism Team

DBS and UBS are among the companies best positioned to take advantage of future ESG disruption in the wealth management & private banking industry, our analysis shows.

The assessment comes from GlobalData’s Thematic Research ecosystem, which ranks companies on a scale of one to five based on their likelihood to tackle challenges like ESG and emerge as long-term winners of the wealth management & private banking sector.

According to our analysis, DBS, UBS, WealthSimple, BlackRock, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Julius Baer are the companies best positioned to benefit from investments in ESG, all of them recording scores of five out of five in GlobalData’s Wealth Management Thematic Scorecard.

The table below shows how GlobalData analysts scored the biggest companies in the wealth management & private banking industry on their ESG performance, as well as the number of new ESG jobs, deals and patents from the companies since August 2021.

The final column in the table represents the overall score given to that company when it comes to their current ESG position relative to their peers. A score of five indicates that a company is a dominant player in this space, while companies that score less than three are vulnerable to being left behind. These can be read fairly straightforwardly.

The other data points in the table are more nuanced, showcasing recent ESG investment across a range of areas over the past year. These metrics, where available, give an indication of whether ESG is at the top of executives’ minds now, but high numbers in these fields are just as likely to represent desperate attempts to catch-up as they are genuine strength in ESG.

For example, a high number of deals could either indicate that a company is dominating the market, or that it is using mergers and acquisitions to fill in gaps in its offering.

This article is based on GlobalData research figures as of 26 August 2022. For more up-to-date figures, check the GlobalData website.

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