Ben Leale-Green

Analyst, Research & Design, ESG Indices
S&P Dow Jones Indices

Ben Leale-Green is an Analyst, responsible for Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Research & Design at S&P Dow Jones Indices (S&P DJI). He works for S&P DJI’s ESG Product Management team to ensure the R&D elements of ESG innovations align with Product Management, market, and client objectives.

Ben joined S&P DJI in 2019 in his current role to further S&P DJI’s ESG capabilities. Previously, he worked for the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST), where he was responsible for ESG integration into funds across asset classes, leading thematic research projects and voting and engagement efforts. Prior to working for NEST, Ben worked for Sociovestix Labs in a quantitative ESG role.

Ben holds an MSc in investment management from the ICMA Centre, Henley Business School, University of Reading. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in business economics from the University of Reading.

Author Archives: Ben Leale-Green

The EU Climate Transition and Paris-Aligned Benchmarks: A New Paradigm

Since the release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report[1] in October 2018, there has been growing investor interest in 1.5οC scenario-aligned portfolios. In May 2018, the EU announced its action plan for sustainable finance, which included proposals to create two new carbon transition benchmarks (EU Climate Transition [CTB] and Paris-aligned Benchmarks [PAB]). Read more […]

ESG: Why Not? Insignificant Alpha Observed between the S&P 500 ESG Index and the S&P 500

Does the S&P 500® receive a premium over the S&P 500 ESG Index? Absent a premium from the S&P 500, investors could have their cake and eat it too with the S&P 500 ESG Index: similar or better performance, along with the benefits of ESG. Academic literature suggests no sin stock premium over their non-sin Read more […]

Understanding the ESG Consequences of Factor-Based Investing: Part 2

    In our previous blog, we looked at the S&P Factor Indices’ ESG exposures, showing that factor exposures can have an influence on ESG scores. In this blog, we’ll discuss these scores at the sector level and see how implementing an ESG or carbon reduction strategy on poorer ESG-performing factor indices can help investors Read more […]

Understanding the ESG Consequences of Factor-Based Investing: Part 1

    “Sustainable investing must go mainstream. Fortunately, the momentum is growing.” – Mark Carney Mark Carney’s statement underpins the sentiment of the investment community, where environmental, social, and governance (ESG) considerations have entered the forefront of investors’ priorities. Whether factor indices have ESG principles integrated or not, understanding a factor’s influence on ESG characteristics, Read more […]