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This blog contains schematic easy to grasp - hands on - help in performing searches in economic databases, making work sets and making them inter-exchangeable between the databases.

* Disclaimer. I am not a finance professional. Most posts are the result of personal findings.

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CSR - Corporate Social Responsibility data

A nice source is:
This report states that CSR aware companies have positive effect on their employees' motivation.
It's an open door to say that motivated workers are happier and more productive.
Another report is from KPMG: International Survey of Corporate Social Responsibility Reporting

More and more companies embrace CSR policy.
Company performance is measured and widely available in (economic) databases, but where can we find CSR data?

One of the concerns on the reliability of ESG databases. A couple ESG relevant ratings indexes, the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, the FTSE4Good Index and the MSCI ESG Indices.

I made an earlier attempt (march 2015) to provide an overview of sustainability datbases. You can find it here . Specifically, I also made a post on DJSI (jan. 2016)

Library of Calgary University provides a list link

An extra overview

Through Wharton databases (no open access)

Asset4 in Datastream (no open access) link
Their site says: " is the world's largest online directory of corporate responsibility (CR) reports, past and present, making it the primary reference point for CR reports and resources worldwide. The majority of our content is available free of charge after registration as a service to the global CR stakeholder community."

ESG Direct link
"A comprehensive research database, measuring the environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance of corporations. The web-based database contains ESG and controversial business involvement research on more than 4,000 companies in 50+ global markets. The database provides over 200 ESG indicators and over 2,000 ESG points. It provides continuous global coverage for involvement in controversial lines of business, such as nuclear power, tobacco, and weapons." (Cornell University Library)
Avialable through: you have to sign up

Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) link (open access)

 "is an international independent standards organization that helps businesses, governments and other organizations understand and communicate their impacts on issues such as climate change, human rights and corruption."(wikipedia)
 Available through: Datastream, limited, only reporting concordance with GRI guidelines

MSCI ESG Integration 
Their site says: "MSCI ESG Research provides in-depth research, ratings and analysis of the environmental, social and governance-related business practices of thousands of companies worldwide".
Available through: (not open) 
Datastream: find series > search words > msci esg > indices >
Other search terms as presented at link don't give results

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