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MSCI ESG Indexes

The MSCI ESG Indexes are designed to support common approaches to environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing, and help institutional investors more effectively benchmark to ESG investment performance as well as manage, measure and report on ESG mandates.  MSCI’s ESG Indexes also provide institutional investors with transparency into ESG sustainability and values alignment, together with the ability to compare holdings.

Several Global Asset Owners have selected MSCI ESG Indexes, with over $170 billion allocated in recent years1

1 Based on publically available information in press releases published from 2014 to date.  

As of 27 June 2017 MSCI have re-named two indexes. The MSCI ESG Sustainability indexes will now be named MSCI ESG Leaders indexes, and the MSCI Global Socially Responsible indexes have been re-named as MSCI SRI indexes.


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Over USD 98 Billion in institutional, retail and exchange-traded fund assets are benchmarked to MCI ESG Indexes2

As of Dec 2017, based on Bloomberg, Morningstar and MSCI data. Active AUM includes data as of Sept, 2017 reported in Dec, 2017 by eVestment.  Data excludes mandate or policy benchmark related assets.






ESG Weighted




EX Controversial weapons

Catholic values


Green bond

BROAD ESG – Methodology is based on ESG Ratings reflecting a combination of environmental, social and governance issues

THEMES– Methodology is based on data for specific ESG issue(s)


How to integrate ESG without sacrificing diversification

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.

ESG Integration

The world is changing. With it, the world of investing is changing.

MSCI Factor ESG Indexes

MSCI Factor ESG Target Indexes are designed to represent the performance of a strategy that seeks systematic integration of ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) into Factor Investing. They help provide a set of Factor Indexes that aim to be more “ESG-aware”.

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