MSCI updated the report on ESG rating for E.SUN Financial Holding Company ("E.SUN"). E.SUN received an “AA” rating for the fourth consecutive year, the longest streak among peers in Taiwan. The AA rating is also the highest among Taiwanese financial institutions. In this year, E.SUN has been listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability Emerging Markets Index for the seventh year in-a-row, and FTSE4GOOD emerging market index for the fourth year in-a-row.
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In 2020, 192 constituents of MSCI ACWI Index in Banks sector were rated. E.SUN scored high in more than half of the key issues, especially in Human Capital Development and Privacy & Data Security. The rating report also pointed out that E.SUN showed good progress in Financing Environmental Impact. Meanwhile, E.SUN actively incorporated climate change risk into long-term business strategy and has developed policies to promote green finance, responsible investment/lending, and carbon-neutral credit card. On the other hand, the analysts also provided recommendations for events such as the case of misconduct of an ex-financial-advisor. It is advised to implement measures to enhance risk management capability.
“The recognition represents both honor and responsibility for E.SUN,” said Joseph Huang, Chairman of E.SUN Bank. “E.SUN will continue to focus on safeguarding interests of all stakeholders alongside its business growth.” Mr. Huang said that E.SUN hopes to create more value for the society through persistent efforts to improve on its inadequacies. E.SUN has carried out a thorough self-examination and sought for improvement in a responsible manner to strengthen a disciplined culture of risk management.