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Press Releases - 17/08/2015

EIRIS partners with SITAWI in Brazil & strengthens presence in Latin America

Leading ESG research provider EIRIS announced that SITAWI, the innovative Brazilian social and sustainable finance specialist, has joined EIRIS’ global network, expanding the network’s presence in Latin America.

Rio de Janeiro-based SITAWI joins the international network of EIRIS research and sales partners that offers high-quality, independent, environmental, social and governance (ESG) research, analysis and ratings to investors globally. SITAWI will contribute to the coverage of Brazilian and Latin American companies within EIRIS’ 3,200+ research universe, and offer the whole suite of EIRIS products in Brazil.

“The structure of the EIRIS network is designed to enhance the quality of research and services provided to investors – combining global expertise, local insight and thought-leadership,” commented EIRIS Deputy CEO Stephen Hine. “Partnering with regional experts SITAWI enriches the research we offer investors on Brazilian and Latin American companies, and strategically bolsters EIRIS’ presence in the region.”

SITAWI brings to EIRIS long-standing knowledge of the sustainable finance market in Brazil.  Founded in 2008, SITAWI’s 19-strong team has expertise in supporting high-impact social projects, managing philanthropic assets directly, and in advising financial institutions on incorporating ESG issues into business strategy and investment analysis.

“Investors will now have access to ESG research on Brazilian and Latin American companies of the greatest breadth, depth and with local insight. This partnership will also enable our local investors to access EIRIS Global Platform, a seamless delivery channel to global ESG research. Practising responsible investment in the region has never been easier,” said Gustavo Pimentel, Managing Director of SITAWI.

Launched in 1999, the EIRIS global network now spreads across 11 cities worldwide. The network includes pioneering sustainability organisations in Australia, Brazil, Germany, Mexico, Spain and South Korea. Collectively the network promotes EIRIS research products and solution services to investors, and researches companies following the EIRIS research methodology. Earlier this year, EIRIS research methodology was again certified as compliant with ARISTA 3.0®, a rigorous independent verification scheme designed to enhance the quality, accountability and transparency of responsible investment research.

 

Press contact

Stephen Hine
stephen.hine@eiris.org
Tel: +44 (0)20 7840 5716

 

Notes to editors:

1. EIRIS is a leading global provider of independent research into the environmental, social, governance (ESG) and ethical performance of companies. Wholly owned by the EIRIS Foundation, EIRIS is a social enterprise, working to help clients develop the market in ways that benefit investors, asset managers and the wider world. EIRIS’ mission is to empower responsible investors with independent assessments of companies and advice on integrating them with investment decisions. EIRIS offers a range of software tools designed to suit a variety of responsible investment strategies. EIRIS provides responsible investment services to over 200 clients including asset owners, asset managers, banks, wealth managers and charities around the world. EIRIS has over 30 years’ experience of promoting responsible investment and helping consumers, charities and advisers to invest responsibly. EIRIS has offices in London, Paris and Washington, D.C. In addition, EIRIS has a global network of partners in Australia, Brazil, Germany, Israel, Mexico, Spain and South Korea.

2. SITAWI is a Brazil-based organisation working to advance social and environmental outcomes through finance and investing. SITAWI manages philanthropic funds for large donors, develops financial solutions to social enterprises and advises financial institutions and institutional investors on integrating ESG issues into strategy, risk management and investment analysis. With offices in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, but operating across Latin America, SITAWI works with the region’s leading players in social and sustainable finance, and is piloting innovative concepts for the region such as Social Impact Bonds and Green Bonds. Visit sitawi.net for more information.

3. The ARISTA audit assessed EIRIS research methodologies, products and services, and quality management systems against the rigorous requirements of the ARISTA 3.0® standard. A multi-site audit was performed. ARISTA 3.0® is an initiative of ARISE (Association of Responsible Investment Services). Visit aristastandard.org for more information.

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