HONG KONG and SHANGHAI, Oct. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Ping An Digital Economic Research Center (PADERC), a macroeconomic research arm of Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China, Ltd. ("Ping An" or "The Group", HKEx: 2318; SSE: 601318), says the increase in companies in China improving their environmental, social and governance (ESG) disclosures is an opportunity for technology companies to provide data solutions with artificial intelligence (AI).
"Many companies are willing to improve their ESG disclosure but lack the expertise and resources to do so. Meanwhile, investors are increasingly integrating ESG into their investment decisions, but are faced with limited data points," Chex Yu, Deputy Director of Strategy of Ping An Technology, said in a recent workshop organized by the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Beijing participated by leading industry experts in ESG.
"The pain points for wider ESG adoption present market opportunities for technology companies to provide solutions that make disclosure easier for companies, using artificial intelligence to improve availability of non-disclosure-based data."
With regulators expected to mandate ESG disclosures for listed companies soon, more companies are starting their ESG reporting. Ping An is developing new tools and models to improve the breadth and depth of disclosures. These include:
- Climate Risk Assessment: All signatories to the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) will have to issue Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure (TCFD) reports starting in 2021. However, there is a lack of tools that help companies do climate scenario planning and assess climate risks based on their financial metrics. As Ping An was one of the first companies in China to issue a TCFD report, PADERC is partnering with Imperial College London to develop models that will help in climate risk assessment and asset pricing.
- Automated Assessment of Disclosure Quality: PADERC also recently issued a report that used natural language processing (NLP) to automatically assess the breadth and depth of companies' disclosures, which could be scaled up to use in various markets.
- Rating Framework with Chinese Characteristics: Ping An also developed its own proprietary ESG ratings framework that incorporates both global and China standards.
Ping An has its own ESG strategy around principles, risk management, tools and practices. It has pushed ESG adoption across many parts of the Group and has received market recognition for its efforts. The Group's MSCI rating was raised to A in 2020 from BB in 2018. It is also the only mainland Chinese financial company to be included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.
Ping An is developing its own AI-ESG Management Platform that is used in 40+ subsidiaries and accelerated the Group's annual sustainability report process by 22 days. It can help companies with ESG data collection, performance evaluation, task management and peer benchmark comparison.
About Ping An Group
Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China, Ltd. ("Ping An") is a world-leading technology-powered retail financial services group. With over 210 million retail customers and 560 million Internet users, Ping An is one of the largest financial services companies in the world.
Ping An has two over-arching strategies, "pan financial assets" and "pan health care", which focus on the provision of financial and health care services through our integrated financial services platform and ecosystems. Our "finance + technology" and "finance + ecosystem" strategies aim to provide customers and internet users with innovative and simple products and services using technology. As China's first joint stock insurance company, Ping An is committed to upholding the highest standards of corporate reporting and corporate governance. The Group is listed on the stock exchanges in Hong Kong and Shanghai.
In 2020, Ping An ranked 7th in the Forbes Global 2000 list and ranked 21st in the Fortune Global 500 list. Ping An also ranked 38th in the 2020 WPP Kantar Millward Brown BrandZTM Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands list. For more information, please visit www.pingan.cn.
About Ping An Digital Economic Research Center
Ping An Digital Economic Research Center utilizes more than 50 TB high frequency data points, more than 30 years of historical data and more than 1.5 billion data points to drive research on the "AI + Macro Forecast" and provide insights and methods towards precise macroeconomic trends.
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