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2017-01-25

Sustainalytics: Sustainalytics' New Research Report Presents 10 ESG Investment Themes for 2017

Report also profiles 10 companies well-positioned to capitalize on the
opportunities

TORONTO, Jan. 25, 2017 (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 2017: Investment
Themes in a Changing World.
The report looks at the key drivers of 10 ESG investment themes that are
expected to create new risks and opportunities for investors in 2017. In
addition, the report profiles 10 companies, spanning seven countries and
eight industries, that are poised to take advantage of these trends. The
unifying threads of the 10 investment themes include:

Rising concerns over data security
The report examines the market opportunities associated with blockchain
, autonomous vehicles
and cybersecurity
, and highlights risks related to data security and privacy. Based on
Sustainalytics' ESG research, BMW Group is well-prepared to comply with
tightening regulations around self-driving cars, and Symantec, as a pureplay
cybersecurity firm, is in a strong position to capitalize on the significant
increase in projected cybersecurity spending.

Growing sustainability and market trends
The declining cost of solar
power
and the consumer shift toward plant-based proteins
are also featured in the report. Pacific Gas&Electric (PG&E) Company is
favorably positioned on solar through its generating facilities in California
and residential installation products. Danone's historical focus on health
and wellness also provides a strong platform for growth into plant-based
proteins. Trends such as value-based drug pricing
, energy storage
and workforce diversity
are also explored.

Improving corporate transparency
Sustainalytics' report assesses the increasing focus of European regulators on
tax avoidance
and calls for more transparent corporate tax reporting. The potential impact
of US regulations around executive pay disclosure
are also covered, with Noble Energy highlighted as an early discloser of its
CEO to median pay ratio.

"Given changing consumer preferences, the relentless pace of technological
development, and more regulatory and investor calls for enhanced corporate
transparency, the investment themes we outline are likely to present upside
opportunities in the years ahead," said Doug Morrow, associate director of
Thematic Research at Sustainalytics. "From our perspective, companies that
exploit these trends are in a favorable position to deliver long-term value
for investors."

To present the findings from its "10 for 2017" report, Sustainalytics will
host a webinar at 10:00 a.m. EST/4:00 p.m. CET on Thursday, February 9, 2017.
To register for the webinar and access 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 13
offices globally, Sustainalytics partners with institutional investors who
integrate environmental, social and governance information and assessments
into their investment processes. Today, the firm has more than 300 staff
members, including 170 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

Werner Schoeman, Marketing Manager
werner.schoeman@sustainalytics.com
P) +31 20 205 0048

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The issuer of this announcement warrants that they are solely responsible for the content, accuracy and originality of the information contained therein.
Source: Sustainalytics via Globenewswire

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