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  1. BLOG

    Pursuing ESG Standards and Diversification 

    Jul 27, 2017 Laura Nishikawa

    ESG Research

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    Many of the world’s largest institutional investors are integrating ESG standards into their investment strategies. But they face a challenge: Excluding every objectionable firm or selecting only ESG (environmental, social and governance) leaders can slash the number of acceptable stocks by half while foreclosing on opportunities for dialogue and engagement. How can institutions implement ESG principles without sacrificing diversification or abandoning efforts to improve corporate conduct?

  2. BLOG

    職場における女性活躍推進 

    Jul 5, 2017 Meggin Thwing Eastman

    ESG Research

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    「アベノミクス」と言われる経済振興策の一環として、企業及び政府における女性参画を強化するために、日本政府は2020年までにリーダーシップの地位における女性比率を30%にするというゴールを設定した。

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    The USD 220 billion global tax gap: Implications for institutional investors 

    Mar 2, 2017 Linda-Eling Lee

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    Buoyed by populist sentiment, regulators around the world are considering ways to close corporate tax loopholes and narrow the gap between the statutory tax rate and what companies actually pay. The effort could have significant consequences, both for corporations and for institutional investors who engage portfolio companies over the sufficiency of their tax-related disclosures with the goal of avoiding unforeseen risks.

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    How to integrate ESG without sacrificing diversification 

    Feb 8, 2017 Laura Nishikawa

    ESG Research , Global Investing

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    As institutional equity investors increasingly think about the long term, they may adjust their portfolios to accommodate environmental, social and governance (ESG) concerns in their investment decision-making processes. That can be particularly challenging for the largest investors, such as pension funds and endowments, whose portfolios span the entire equity market.

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    ESG Trends in 2017: A fundamental rethink? 

    Jan 12, 2017 Linda-Eling Lee

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    This year may ring the bell on a fundamental rethink for investors. Underlying all the major trends we identified for 2017 is a strategic decision point – do we change the way we think about investing, or is this business as usual in a new order?

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    The tipping point: Women on boards and financial performance 

    Dec 13, 2016 Linda-Eling Lee

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    msci women on boards 2016 A growing body of research shows that having three women on a corporate board represents a “tipping point” in terms of influence, which is reflected in financial performance. Our analysis from last year looked at a snapshot of global companies in 2015 with strong female leadership, finding that they enjoyed a Return on Equity of 10.1% per year versus 7.4% for those without such leadership.

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    Integrating ESG into Factor Portfolios 

    Nov 30, 2016 Dimitris Melas

    ESG Research , Factors

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    Over the past decade, many long-term institutional investors have incorporated Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) considerations into their portfolios, by creating segregated ESG mandates or by incorporating ESG criteria across the entire portfolio.

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    Your portfolio’s carbon footprint may be smaller than you think 

    Sep 2, 2016 Linda-Eling Lee

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    In recent years, many institutional investors have committed to measure and lower exposure to carbon emissions in their portfolios. But that presents a challenge: how to estimate such exposure, given the lack of disclosure by most companies about their carbon emissions?

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    Are CEOs Paid for Performance? 

    Jul 25, 2016 Ric Marshall

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    Has CEO pay reflected long-term stock performance? In a word, “no.”. Companies that awarded their Chief Executive Officer (CEOs) higher equity incentives had below-median returns based on a sample of 429 large-cap U.S. companies from 2005 to 2015.

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    The Crisis of Affordability in Real Estate 

    Jun 8, 2016 Linda-Eling Lee

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    Two-thirds of the world’s population is expected to live in cities by 2050, up from 54% in 2014, according to the United Nations. Yet, as of the end of 2015, we found that housing for people in the middle of the income pyramid is unaffordable for most cities and countries that we studied.

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    Incorporating sustainable impact in your investment process 

    Apr 12, 2016 Laura Nishikawa

    ESG Research

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    Institutional investors increasingly are looking for ways to steer capital toward companies that help to address major social and environmental challenges.

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    MSCI INTRODUCES ESG QUALITY SCORES FOR MUTUAL FUNDS, ETFs 

    Mar 8, 2016 Eric Moen

    ESG Research

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    A new initiative by MSCI ESG Research is designed to allow asset managers to differentiate funds based on the environmental, social and governance (ESG) characteristics of the underlying investments.

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    2016 ESG TRENDS TO WATCH: OPPORTUNITIES AND RISKS 

    Jan 11, 2016 Linda-Eling Lee

    ESG Research

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    Environmental, social and governance concerns may play a growing role in investment matters in 2016. These trends reflect a softening economy, a long-term shift to a low carbon economy, a generational changeover and institutional forces.

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    RAISING MINIMUM GOVERNANCE STANDARDS 

    Dec 4, 2015 Linda-Eling Lee

    ESG Research

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    Institutional investors concerned with excessive investor and corporate focus on short-term results are seeking to improve minimum corporate governance standards of their portfolio companies.

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    Women on Boards: Global Trends in Gender Diversity 

    Nov 30, 2015 Linda-Eling Lee

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    Many institutional investors are increasingly focused on the gender composition of company boards, according to our research. Some studies show significant outperformance by companies with women on boards, though no one can show a direct link between the two.

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    OWNERSHIP FORMS AND GOVERNANCE CONTROL 

    Aug 4, 2015 Ric Marshall

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    Just as the MSCI ACWI Index includes companies representative of a diversity of industries and equity markets, it also includes a diversity of ownership forms, ranging from fully controlled companies to those companies that are so widely held that their largest shareholder owns no more than 2% of shares.

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    CAN ESG ADD ALPHA? 

    Jun 17, 2015 Remy Briand

    ESG Research

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    Interest in Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) mandates has grown considerably over the past few years, but some institutional investors remain concerned that inclusion of ESG factors may come at the cost of weaker risk-adjusted returns. Our research shows that this is not necessarily the case.

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    RE-EXAMINING THE TAX GAP FOR MSCI WORLD COMPANIES 

    Jun 3, 2015 Linda-Eling Lee

    ESG Research

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    Regulatory authorities are now taking a much tougher approach to corporate tax rates. Since we explored the topic in December 2013 (The ‘Tax Gap’ in the MSCI World), the regulatory outlook has shifted substantially.

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    DO ENTRENCHED BOARDS HELP OR HURT STOCK PERFORMANCE? 

    May 21, 2015 Ric Marshall

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    Do entrenched boards help or hurt stock performance of publicly held companies? We found that the involvement of entrenched boards, particularly at family-dominated firms, was a positive attribute over the five-year period ending March 2015, in both the U.S. and emerging markets.

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    ESG TRENDS TO WATCH FOR 2015 

    Mar 23, 2015 Laura Nishikawa

    ESG Research

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    We head into the new year with the backdrop of swooning oil prices and (re)newed geopolitical fault‐lines, juxtaposed against a return to growth in the US and emergence of the next generation of tech darlings.

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