The problem
Access to information and knowledge sharing are critical for global development. Sharing innovations and lessons learned enables and significantly accelerates further innovation and development (such as with the sharing of medical research). Conversely, restricted access to information, the spread of misinformation, and breaches of data security can contribute to social/political divides and erode trust in institutions. Corporations play a central role in determining whether and how information is shared -- including industry information that could accelerate innovation, information shared through social media, and customer and employee personal data
How companies are rated
Ethos is using 168,630 unique data points since 2017 to rate companies, stocks and funds on free, secure flow of information, including from these metrics:
Financial performance
r =
Company ratings 1-yr return
Top 10 for free, secure flow of information
Top 50 for free, secure flow of information
S&P 500 Index
Bottom 50 for free, secure flow of information
Bottom 10 for free, secure flow of information
Free, secure flow of information has a slight negative correlation (
) with financial returns, meaning companies that perform poorly in this impact area tend to perform slightly better financially
Data partners and sources
What this formula is about
freedom of information
open source
freedom of press
data privacy
personal data
data security
UN Sustainable Development Goal 9