How Insight360 Works
Frequently asked questions
Frequently Asked Questions
How is Insight360 different from other solutions in the market?
Our platform harnesses artificial intelligence to provide investment professionals with timely data and analytics on the intangible but material factors that determine today’s company valuations.
Insight360 helps investors analyze risk and opportunity related to environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) performance. Insight360 captures big data such as news stories from around the web each day and converts them into actionable signals. This robust dataset of more than 1 million ESG signals per month is true “big data,” unlike ESG product that rely on statistics that companies report once a year.
The data that is collected comes from a wide variety of sources, including news articles, regulatory notices, watchdog reports, and more. This rich vein of data offers more breadth than company-provided reports, or what human analysts have time to incorporate for each company.
Sustainability trends can be analyzed any day, any time. This timeliness is the biggest single difference between Insight360 and traditional sustainability reports. By providing access to real-time data, Insight360 also allows managers to monitor the sustainability performance of their portfolios on an ongoing basis, a critical tool to ensure an accurate assessment of holdings at any given point. Real-time data allows managers to adjust portfolios as new trends develop, a crucial advantage in today’s markets.
What are your data sources?
Insight360 taps into an ocean of real-time big data to produce ESG scores and analytics including charts. More than 1 million signals per month are gleaned from 75,000+ sources around the web, including news reports, regulatory filings, government agency studies, and reports from watchdog groups and NGO organizations.
Separate from our scoring and charts based on qualitative natural language items, Insight360 also offers more traditional static ESG datasets. Those metrics vary between TruValue Labs products; more information on static ESG data can be found here.
What companies do you cover?
We cover more than 8,000 companies. These include all public companies in the U.S. as well as large and mid-cap international companies, including Emerging Markets coverage.
How are stories scored either positively or negatively?
Natural language processing (NLP) software is used to “Read” articles, to categorize items, and positive and negative sentiments are gleaned from the writing. On Insight360’s 100-point scale, positive stories are scored above 50, and negative stories below 50. And, yes, we do extrapolate signals to decimal places.
In practice, positive stories above 50 could be a negative contributor to total company performance, if the Insight score prior to the new score was at a higher level. The same is true for negative stories.
Each company’s overall performance is expressed in visual form on Insight360’s charting functions. That allows for the impact of the day’s news to be easily interpreted compared to prior performance with a glance.
What makes the Pulse, Insight, and Momentum scores different?
The Pulse Score is a measure of near-term performance changes. It focuses on news of the day and provides a responsive signal to alert investors to dynamic moves.
The Insight Score is a measure of a company’s longer-term ESG track record. Scores are less sensitive to daily news and reflect the enduring performance record of a company over time. Scores are derived using an exponentially-weighted moving average of the Pulse, and the half-life of an event’s influence on the overall score is 6 months.
The Momentum Score is a measure of Insight score trending over a selected period of time. It lets investors see which way a company’s ESG performance tends to move, reflecting the slope of upward or downward movement. Research shows that ESG momentum can correlate to financial performance.
What ESG or sustainability categories are tracked by Insight360?
Insight360 provides an overall score and sustainability trend, as well as specific performance for individual categories. The Insight360 Standard Edition has 14 categories which TruValue Labs chose based on widely-accepted industry norms. Insight360 SASB Edition uses new standards from the industry-leading Sustainability Accounting Standards Board. These categories are defined by SASB, and the categories considered material to financial performance vary by industry.
How does Insight360 evaluate materiality of ESG data? Is it made by SASB?
TruValue Labs is independent, but partnered with the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) to develop Insight360 SASB Edition. This product delivers timely and material ESG Insights using the SASB standards, which is widely considered the industry standard for identifying material sustainability issues by industry.
TruValue Labs has integrated the SASB Materiality Map standards into Insight360. SASB’s Materiality Map standards includes 5 Sustainability Dimensions and 30 General issue Categories, which make up SASB’s universe of ESG issues. Underlying each general issue category is a set of industry-specific sustainability disclosure topics in SASB standards.
To better categorize companies that share similar resource intensity, as well as sustainability risks and opportunities, SASB created the Sustainable Industry Classification System™ (SICS™). At the highest level SICS has 10 vertical sectors and at its most granular level there are 79 industries. TruValue Labs has integrated SICS into Insight360: SASB Edition, therefore all 8,000+ companies covered in the tool have been mapped to a SICS Sector and Industry.
How far back does Insight360 data exist?
Insight360 has been aggregating data since January 1, 2015 to the current day. We are in the process of inputting historical data, allowing us to backdate new content for the past 2 years, with some companies being covered for the past 5 years.
How are stories chosen by Insight360 and brought into the system?
Insight360 uses proprietary web-scraping technology to scan more than 75,000 English-language websites a day, gathering more than 1 million data points per month.
As Insight360 scans the web, it picks up stories based on natural language processing, looking for company names and language relevant to ESG categories.
Who has access to my data?
Security has been considered at the foundation level of Insight360. The privacy of your data is our top concern, and we have designed our security systems to be best-in-class.
All data is kept secure at the account level within silos; no other customer has access to your data, portfolios, or customizations. Within accounts, custom user permissions provide control over how data can be modified, allowing for varying parameters for different roles (such as read-only access).
Who uses Insight360?
Insight360’s clients include a wide range of investment professionals who benefit from on-demand real-time sustainability data. Our subscribers include Portfolio Managers, Analysts, Financial Advisors, and Quants.
Our data is a key input for a full spectrum of investment strategies—from active to smart beta to quantitative.