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MSCI Japan Empowering Women Index

The MSCI Japan Empowering Women Index (WIN), which is part of the MSCI environmental, social and governance (ESG) indexes, aim to represent the performance of companies that are leading within their GICS®1  sector groups in terms of promoting and maintaining gender diversity, while also meeting certain quality criteria.

Companies that promote and maintain higher levels of gender diversity among their workforce may be better positioned to withstand talent shortages and generate more sustainable performance with reduced risk. To support institutional investors seeking exposure to companies that are promoting and maintaining gender diversity among their workforce, MSCI has developed the MSCI Japan Empowering Women Index (WIN)2.
 

Key Points
  • The MSCI Japan Empowering Women Index looks at the top 500 Japanese companies by market capitalization
  • The index is constructed using the MSCI Japan IMI Top 500 Index
  • MSCI ESG Controversy Scores are used in the index construction process, with an aim to exclude companies implicated in serious labor rights or human rights controversies, or any companies involved in very severe controversies as defined by MSCI ESG Research
  • MSCI ESG Research now offers Japan Workforce Gender Diversity Data, allowing ESG manager authorized subscribers to access ESG diversity data based on the data used in the calculation of this index. Japan Workforce Gender Diversity Data Factsheet

The Japanese government has set out explicit goals to increase women’s participation and promotion in the business world. Institutional investors in Japan may have a vested interest in supporting this goal as companies that are encouraging women’s workforce participation are potentially more likely to withstand the challenges of a shrinking workforce.  

Several Global Asset Owners have selected MSCI ESG Indexes, with over $170 billion allocated in recent years.3
 

Sector Weights
 

Data as of December 29, 2017


Top 10 constituents

Data as of January 29, 2018.
Applications

The index can be used to support:

  • Asset allocation: Consistent, complete representation that captures the full spectrum of the global equity opportunity set without home bias.
  • Performance measurement and attribution: An industry-leading benchmark for global mandates, with regional, country, sector and other subsets available for more targeted investment mandates.
  • Research: A trusted source for global equity markets and underlying security-level data for sell-side research.
  • Investment product development: May be licensed for use as the basis for structured products and other index-linked investment vehicles, such as ETFs and ETNs.

 

1 The Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS) was developed by and is the exclusive property of MSCI and Standard & Poor’s.  “Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS)” is a service mark of MSCI and Standard & Poor’s.

2 Methodology Page.

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


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