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MSCI BlogWomen Narrow the Gender Gap in CEO Pay
It is widely documented that women, on average, earn less than men for comparable work, so it may surprise you to learn that female CEOs of large companies included in a key global MSCI index made more than their male peers in 2015. However, men received superior options packages in the decade through 2015, and came out ahead in terms of total compensation during that period.
MSCI BlogESG Trends in 2017: A fundamental rethink?
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?
MSCI BlogThe tipping point: Women on boards and financial performance
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.
MSCI BlogIntegrating ESG into Factor Portfolios
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.
MSCI BlogFossil fuel divestment: How wide a net to cast?
Institutional investors have several paths to reduce exposure to carbon risk in their portfolios — the risk of being exposed to assets that may lose their value prematurely because of efforts to limit climate change.
MSCI BlogYour portfolio’s carbon footprint may be smaller than you think
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?
MSCI BlogAre CEOs Paid for Performance?
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.
MSCI BlogThe Crisis of Affordability in Real Estate
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.
MSCI BlogLooking more closely at intra-corporate pay gaps
Companies that paid top executives far more than they paid their rank-and-file workers tended to be less profitable over time than those that had narrow gaps between worker and executive pay, research by MSCI ESG Research suggests.
MSCI BlogIncorporating sustainable impact in your investment process
Institutional investors increasingly are looking for ways to steer capital toward companies that help to address major social and environmental challenges.