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Submitted by: Owens, Williams & Wood (OWW) Consulting

Categories: Socially Responsible Investing, Corporate Social Responsibility

Posted: Feb 04, 2008 – 01:10 PM EST

 

Europe's leading SRI firm VIGEO forms a strategic partnership with OWW Consulting to extend its coverage into Asia-Pacific

Feb. 04 /CSRwire/ - PARIS, KUALA LUMPUR – February 4, 2008 – Vigeo, leading European Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Ratings Agency has teamed-up with OWW Consulting, a specialist in CSR and Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) in Asia and the Middle East, to extend its coverage into Asia-Pacific.

Both companies provide independent expert research on CSR and SRI using a methodology based on internationally recognised standards. Their analysis identifies and evaluates non-financial risks and opportunities relative to companies' commitments on social, environmental and governance criteria.

Consequently, Vigeo will provide its clients access to SRI Research on the companies included in the DJ Stoxx 600 Asia-Pacific. And OWW will have access to Vigeo’s SRI research on the DJ Stoxx 600 Europe.

The Vigeo-OWW partnership will draw on the global analysis of Vigeo and the local expertise of OWW to bring the entire Vigeo Equitics(R) range of world-class SRI research into the reach of fund managers and financial institutions in Asia-Pacific. The new Vigeo state-of-the-art SRI research and alerts service will also be introduced into the Asia-Pacific market for the first time.

Nicole Notat, CEO of Vigeo, said "Vigeo's commitment to provide its SRI clients with research in line with their needs, includes extending its coverage. In 2008, it shall reach the full coverage of the DJ Stoxx 1800. The Vigeo-OWW partnership represents another step towards consolidating this commitment."

Dr Geoffrey Williams, Managing Director and CEO of OWW Consulting said, "The close parallels between Vigeo and OWW provide a very strong foundation for this partnership. We hope to build a successful relationship which will allow both companies to expand our client services to create new and exciting SRI research products in the future. This partnership takes place in a rapidly growing SRI market, estimated in US$4 trillion".

Both companies also provide Sustainability Indexes which track the companies showing a good CSR performance. Vigeo provides the ASPI Eurozone index and the Ethibel Sustainable Index (ESI) Series, which cover Global and European markets. OWW provides the OWW ResponsibilityTM SRI Index Series for Malaysia and Singapore.

Visit www.vigeo.com.
www.oww-consulting.com

About Vigeo

Vigeo is the Leading European Corporate Social Responsibility Ratings Agency. Vigeo measures the organisations' CSR commitments, and identifies extra-financial risk and their level of management.
Vigeo provides two services:

  • SRI Analysis, Ratings and Benchmarks for investors and asset managers

  • CSR Audits for companies and local governments An expanding group: The Vigeo teams represent a staff of 75 and 14 different nationalities, on 4 locations: Paris, Brussels, Milan, Casablanca. www.vigeo.com

    About OWW Consulting

    OWW Consulting is a leading provider of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) solutions and Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) research in Asia Pacific and the Middle East. We aim to help organisations to understand how their financial, economic, social and environmental performance can be enhanced through socially responsible business practices.

    We are Organisational Stakeholders of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and supporters of the UN Global Compact.

    OWW was the first signatory to the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI) in Malaysia and Singapore

    For further information please visit our websites:

    www.oww-consulting.com
    www.sri-asia.com
    www.csr-malaysia.org

  • For more information, please contact:

    Dr Geoffrey Williams OWW-Consulting
    Phone: + 603 2116 5978
    Phone: +33 (0)1 49 72 46 04
    Website: www.vigeo.com

     

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