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MSCI ESG Research is introducing tools and data designed to help institutional investors measure their alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations. MSCI ESG Research grouped the 17 SDGs into five actionable themes: basic needs, empowerment, climate change, natural capital and governance.

The MSCI ACWI Sustainable Impact Index aims to identify companies that derive at least 50% of their revenues from products and services that address environmental and social challenges as defined by the themes outlined above. The index, which excludes companies that fail to meet minimum environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards, weights securities by the percentage of revenue derived from products or services that address the themes. 

Based on MSCI ESG Sustainable Impact Metrics, using index constituents and weights as of March 2016, the MSCI ACWI Sustainable Impact Index had 71% greater  exposure to estimated company revenue derived from sustainable impact solutions compared to the parent, MSCI ACWI Index.

Estimated Constituent Annual Revenues derived from Sustainable Impact Themes

Research Insight

Toward Sustainable Impact Through Public Markets.
A Framework to Align Investments with the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals.

MSCI ESG Sustainable Impact Metrics

Support alignment with the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals.

MSCI ACWI Sustainable Impact Index

The MSCI ACWI Sustainable Impact Index is designed to identify listed companies whose core business addresses at least one of the world’s social and environmental challenges, as defined by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

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