Event title: Advancing the SDGs: Understanding and Improving the Role of Corporate Transparency through Big Data
Event Date: July 16 and 17, 2018
Event Location: São Paulo, Brazil

The Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI) and the EMGP project, in partnership with B3 and FGVces, had its second high-level roundtable discussion to dive more deeply into the topic of how Big Data and Artificial Intelligence (BDAI) are currently being used to evaluate corporate impacts on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues, and how BDAI technologies could be more widely applied and specifically tailored to gather, analyze, and disseminate ESG information on a more geographically diverse set of firms. Mario Saraiva, EMGP Coordination Team moderated three sessions on (1) How BDAI technologies are being used for ESG/SDG analysis: Insights; (2) Using BDAI in Brazil: Conceptual, technological, and operational issues; and (3) A roadmap for using BDAI to improve understanding of emerging markets.

The main objective of the meeting was to advance the discussion of how information related to business sustainability (considering ESG and Agenda 2030/SDGs topics) is currently made available and processed and to assess the opportunities and challenges brought about by the new technologies (Big Data and Artificial Intelligence).

The main takeaways can be accessed here: RT2 meeting takeaways

Meeting resources

Session 2: Demystifying Big Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence - what they are and how they can potentially be linked to the assessment of corporate ESG performance.

Presentations: Natália Mazotte (Open Knowledge Brasil) and Eduardo Francisco (EAESP/FGV)

Session 3: Transparency and assessment of business sustainability in times of SDGs and Big Data - Open session at B3 Auditorium.

Presentations: Márcio Pontual (CNODS), Richard Howitt and Lisa French (IIRC), Sonia Favaretto (B3) and Aron Belinky (FGVces)

Session 4: How BDAI technologies are being used for ESG/SDG analysis: Insights from the innovators.

Presentations: Gabriel Cecchini (Reprisk), Stephen Malinak (TruValue Labs), Ciaran McCale (Arabesque) and Jocelyne Ozdoba (Datamaran)

Session 5: Using BDAI in Brazil: Conceptual, technological, and operational challenges and opportunities.

Presentations: Rafael Lanna (Bigdata Corporation)