Frequently asked questions
+ When does Util launch?
Util is currently working with two asset manager partners and its academic advisors to deliver its analytics to the investment community in 2019. We are launching a pilot in January 2019. If you would like to learn more about Util's pilot, please get in touch with us.
+ Who uses Util?
Listed equity asset managers use Util to screen, monitor and report based on their quantified contribution to the SDGs. In the future, asset owners will use Util to screen, monitor and report funds based on holistic value generation.
+ Tell me more about Util's products.
Util will launch a subscription data service to its clients in June 2019, in the form of an online dashboard. =
+ How many companies does Util cover?
By the end of 2018, Util will cover the MSCI World Index, in addition to partial coverage of 50,000 global listed equities.
+ What asset classes does Util cover?
Util’s methodology and data is designed for listed equity analysis and therefore can be used by equity and corporate fixed income managers.
+ Who audits Util's methodology?
Hermes Investment Management audits Util's methodology, using a comprehensive scorecard covering accuracy, objectivity, data quality, among others.
+ How does Util collect data?
Util collects publicly available data automatically, using machine learning to structure millions of data points, enabling consistent and quantified company and impact analysis.
+ How does Util ensure objective analysis?
Util uses machine learning and natural language processing to establish an aggregation of believeable knowledge relating to a particular impact area. Our analysis requires limited human intervention, creating consistency across company and impact quantification.
+ Why does Util align with the UN Sustainable Development Goals?
The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide a consensus view of the 17 global challenges facing our planet. Util’s methodology places equal importance on all SDGs and aligns all areas of value creation to SDGs: a company might create value by investing in its employees, which is subsequently aligned to SDG #8, Decent Work and Economic Growth.
+ What theory underpins Util's methodology?
Util’s methodology is underpinned by a number of theories, developed across disciplines. Util’s new bottom line seeks to use and mirror accounting and valuation methods, layering on the Integrated Reporting ‘multiple capitals’ framework and learning from Effective Altruism's sophisticated quantification of non-financial value to arrive at an accurate articulation of company value creation. If you would like to find out more about our methodology and theory please get in touch with us.
+ Is Util FCA authorised?
Util is authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK