Collectively, MSCI Inc. and MSCI ESG Research is a leading provider of ESG ratings, indexes and analytical tools. For over 49 years, MSCI ESG Research has measured and modelled ESG risk[1]. MSCI Inc. first developed ESG indexes in 1990.

Our solutions:

  • MSCI ESG Research LLC is the world’s largest provider of ESG ratings and research[2]. The team comprised of 400+ ESG experts[3]. For over 14 years[4], we have rated companies on their exposure to, and management of, industry- specific ESG risks. We rate over 8,500 companies (14,000 issuers including subsidiaries) linked to more than 680,000 equity and fixed income securities[5]. 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 indexes[6] with over 1,500 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[7]. The indexes can also be used as the basis for Exchange-Traded-Funds and other index-based products. Over $262 billion in institutional, retail and exchange-traded fund assets are benchmarked to MSCI ESG Equity Indexes[8]. And several global asset owners have selected MSCI ESG Indexes, with over $294 billion allocated in recent years[9]
  • MSCI Climate Solutions: MSCI’s Climate Solutions give you access to a wide range of tools, indexes and data designed to enable you to address a variety of needs including measuring and reporting on climate risk exposure, implementing low carbon fossil fuel-free strategies, factoring climate change research into risk management processes and engaging companies and external stakeholders
  • MSCI Analytics: our ESG research, data and indexes are available within MSCI’s analytics systems. MSCI Analytics clients can explore ESG exposures on 680,000 securities to support security selection, portfolio construction, stress testing, and risk and performance attribution analysis.

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[1] Origins of ESG business date from 1972 through MSCI legacy companies. Legacy companies include KLD, Innovest, IRRC, and GMI Ratings.
[2] By coverage of companies and by number of ESG clients based on public information produced by Sustainalytics, Vigeo/EIRIS and ISS ESG as of August 2019
[3] MSCI ESG Research as of Dec 2020. Includes full time employees, employees of foreign affiliates providing investment advisory services to MSCI ESG Research LLC, and global allocated staff performing non-investment advisory tasks.
[4] MSCI ESG Ratings coverage dates to 2008
[5] Source : As of June 2020
[6] By number of indexes and by assets tracking the indexes compared with publicly available information produced by FTSE and S&P Dow Jones as of August 2019
[7] Source : MSCI Inc. as of April 2020
[8] Assets under management (AUM) as of June 30, 2020, reported on September 30, 2020 using data from eVestment for active institutional funds and Morningstar for active retail funds. Equity ETF values based on data from Refinitiv and MSCI
[9] Based on publicly available information or press releases published from 2014 to date