Moody’s acquires ESG firm Vigeo Eiris

Moody’s Corporation has acquired a majority stake in Paris-based Vigeo Eiris, an ESG research, data and assessments company. The acquisition will strengthen Moody’s ambition to be a standards provider for ESG.

The acquisition recognises that ESG considerations are increasingly relevant to issuers, investors, counterparties and others as capital markets and other stakeholders seek clearer understanding and measurement of these factors.

“Vigeo Eiris has been a pioneer in bringing greater transparency and awareness of ESG and sustainability issues to market participants and has continued to innovate and expand as demand for this information has grown,” said Myriam Durand, global head of assessments at Moody’s Investors Service. “Moody’s acquisition of a majority stake in Vigeo Eiris will contribute to the further development of leading ESG risk assessments, enabling the market to benefit from a global standard in assessing ESG considerations as part of their investment decisions.”

The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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