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Research Firm: MSCI

  • Methodology Quantitative Model Driven  
  • Approach n/a  
  • Equity Style n/a  
  • Report Types ESG Environmental, Social, Governance

About the Firm

For over 40 years, MSCI has measured and modelled Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) risk.1 MSCI is a leading provider of ESG Ratings, Indexes and Analytical tools. The aim is to help investors integrate ESG across their entire investment process; powering better investment decisions


  • MSCI ESG Research LLC: is the world's largest provider of ESG ratings and research2. For over 10 years, MSCI has rated companies on their exposure to, and management of, industry-specific ESG risks. The firm rates over 13,000 issuers (including subsidiaries) linked to more than 650,000 equity and fixed income securities. Ratings and research are used by over 1,300 institutional investors globally; including 46 of the top 50 asset managers.3 Clients can use ESG ratings to support fundamental and quant analyses, portfolio construction and risk management, and thought leadership and engagement.
  • MSCI ESG Indexes: MSCI Inc. is the world's largest provider of ESG indexes4 with over 1,000 ESG Equity and Fixed Income Indexes designed to help institutional investors more effectively benchmark ESG investment performance and manage, measure and report on ESG mandates. The indexes can also be used as the basis for Exchange-Traded-Funds and other index based products. Over $108 billion in institutional, retail and exchange-traded fund assets are benchmarked to MSCI ESG Indexes5. And several global asset owners have selected MSCI ESG Indexes, with over $180 billion allocated in recent years6
  • MSCI ESG Analytics:ESG research, data and indexes is available within MSCI's analytics systems. MSCI Analytics clients can explore ESG exposures on 650,000 securities and 8 million derivatives to support security selection, portfolio construction, stress testing, and risk and performance attribution analysis.

  1. Through MSCI ESG Research and its legacy companies KLD, Innovest, IRRC, and GMI Ratings
  2. P&I data and MSCI clients as of March 2018
  3. By coverage of companies and by number of ESG clients based on public information produced by Sustainalytics, Vigeo/EIRIS and ISS/Oekom as of November 2018
  4. By number of indexes and by assets tracking the indexes compared with publically available information produced by FTSE and S&P Dow Jones as of November 2018
  5. As of March 2018, based on Bloomberg, Morningstar and MSCI data. Active AUM includes data as of December, 2017 reported in March, 2018 by eVestment. Data excludes mandate or policy benchmark related assets.
  6. Based on publically available information in press releases published from 2014 to date


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