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2016-02-10

Sustainalytics: Sustainalytics' '10 for 2016' Report Presents Key Investor Insights Into the COP21 Agreement

Investment Research Report Also Profiles 10 Companies Taking Unique Steps to
Address Climate Change

TORONTO, Feb. 10, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sustainalytics, a leading global
provider of ESG and corporate governance research, ratings and analytics,
today released a new thematic research report titled, 10 for 2016-The Paris
Agreement: Triumph of the Optimists.

The report builds off of the COP21 Summit, offering a top-down assessment of
the agreement reached in Paris and a bottom-up analysis of ten companies
addressing the risks and opportunities presented by climate change.

Sustainalytics' analysis shows that the COP21 agreement and country emission
initiatives are likely to serve as a positive economic signal for low carbon
technologies, such as renewable generation, energy efficiency applications
and energy storage. In addition, the report highlights the likelihood of
greater interaction between investors and governments, partly due to the
shifting responsibilities of universal owners and the growing recognition of
climate change as a systemic risk.

"The intense focus on climate change last year has prompted investors to look
more closely at how the effects of global climate change might impact their
portfolios," said Sustainalytics' Managing Director of Thematic Research, Dr.
Hendrik Garz. "As a result, Sustainalytics devoted its entire '10 for 2016'
report to climate change. By leveraging our analysis, we hope investors can
gain deeper insight into the Paris agreement to better support their
investment strategies."

The report's bottom-up assessment looks at 10 companies, spanning six
countries and nine industries, that are taking significant steps to get ahead
of the climate change curve. The companies featured showcase diverse
approaches to tackling climate change, from disruptors like Tesla

on energy storage to Borregaard

on petrochemical alternatives to Cisco

on the Internet of Things.

"Companies today are facing a convergence of climate-related issues that are
impacting their operations, from intensifying environmental impacts to
tighter emissions regulations to changing market dynamics for low-carbon
products," said Sustainalytics' Associate Director of Thematic Research, Doug
Morrow. "Given the market's focus on these issues, we believe companies that
anticipate the impacts of climate change are poised to benefit."

To present the findings from its "10 for 2016" report, Sustainalytics will
host a webinar at 10:00 a.m. EST/4:00 p.m. CET on Thursday, February 18,
2016. To register for the webinar, click here, and to download a summary of
the report, click here.

About Sustainalytics

Sustainalytics is an independent ESG and corporate governance research,
ratings and analysis firm supporting investors around the world with the
development and implementation of responsible investment strategies. With 14
offices globally, Sustainalytics partners with institutional investors who
integrate environmental, social and governance information and assessments
into their investment processes. Today, the firm has 250 staff members,
including more than 120 analysts with varied multidisciplinary expertise of
more than 40 sectors. Through the IRRI Survey, investors selected
Sustainalytics as the best independent responsible investment research firm
for three consecutive years, 2012 through 2014 and in 2015, Sustainalytics
was named among the top three firms for both ESG and Corporate Governance
research. For more information, visit www.sustainalytics.com.
Media Contacts:

Sarah Cohn, Director of Marketing
sarah.cohn@sustainalytics.com
P) +1 646.963.6944

Melissa Chase, Marketing Specialist
melissa.chase@sustainalytics.com
P) +1 647.317.3646

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Source: Sustainalytics via Globenewswire

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