ESG Book Launch, New Privacy Path, Energy Data Issue, Alt Data Gains, India Stack, First-Party Data

This week, we begin with an article on the launch of ESG Book, a free public good service, catering to the limited accessibility issue in ESG information sector. Next, we have a piece on the flaw in data privacy in the ecosystem of data surveillance and how data protection has to be incentivised for companies for it to be effective. Then, we have an analysis of the energy data shareability issue in America, posing an obstacle in the way towards clean energy & climate goals. Following that, we have a study by Coalition Greenwich that found the surge in employing alternative data on supply chains. Next is an essay explaining the India Stack: Aadhaar & digital payments infrastructure and how its proving a model for the world to close financial inclusion gaps. Lastly, we have an article on the ways of tapping first-party data to unlatch direct-to-consumer digital sales.

ESG Book Aims To ‘Disrupt’ Sustainability Sector With Free Data

HSBC, Deutsche Bank and Swiss Re have thrown their support behind ESG Book, a new environment, social and governance (ESG) data platform launched on Wednesday to ‘disrupt’ the market with a free “public good” service for companies and investors. The ESG information sector has become a money spinner as asset managers increasingly rely on providers of such data to meet demand from sustainability focused investors.

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Browser Cookies Are Not Consent: The New Path To Privacy After EU Data Regulation Fail

The endless cookie settings that pop up for every website feel a bit like prank compliance by an internet hell-bent on not changing. It is very annoying. And it feels a little bit like revenge on regulators by the data markets, giving the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) a bad name and so that it might seem like political bureaucrats have, once again, clumsily interfered with the otherwise smooth progress of innovation.

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The Shameful State Of America’s Energy Data

Collecting electricity and gas energy data is often the biggest pain-point for any clean-energy company. It usually falls to customers to provide that information, which means they need to provide utility credentials they either don’t have or know off the top of their head.

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Institutional Investors Are Adopting Alternative Data To Gain An Edge On Supply Chains

As companies around the world continue to be disrupted by logistics bottlenecks, institutional investors are searching for new sources of alternative data on supply chains to help inform their future investment decisions. “Alt data” are current, unique sources of data gleaned from third-party sources, which can provide valuable explanatory power to both quantitative and fundamental investment models.

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What The World Can Learn From The India Stack

Every morning, Anjali Vazare, a woman in a remote hamlet in Maharashtra, India, opens her shop to customers. But this isn’t a typical small-village shop—it’s a one-woman business on the cutting edge of India’s digital transformation. Armed with a cell phone and a signature scanner, Vazare helps the people of the village check their bank account balances, withdraw cash, pay utility bills, download government land records, and transact on e-commerce sites. Most of Vazare’s customers are poor and uneducated. Just a decade ago, they had no identification papers and were unable to access the formal banking system. But today, they are making instant, seamless, secured financial transactions.

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Why First-Party Data Is A Direct Retailer’s Most Valuable Asset

We have finally reached a moment in time where brands are driving meaningful revenue from e-commerce retailers and their own direct-to-consumer (DTC) channels. In 2021 alone, U.S. consumers are projected to spend a total of $933.3 billion on e-commerce and $129.31 billion on DTC. But not all brands are equally effective within these channels.

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