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Press ReleaseCalSTRS Chooses MSCI ESG Research for ESG Integration
MSCI BlogPursuing ESG Standards and Diversification
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?
MSCI BlogCAN ESG ADD ALPHA?
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.
MSCI Blog2021 ESG Trends to Watch
Climate. ESG bubbles. Disclosure. Social inequality. Biodiversity. The topics don’t get much bigger — or more systemic. Here’s our analysis of the five ESG trends that will matter most to companies and their investors in 2021.
MSCI Blog2020 ESG trends to watch
ESG themes are long-term, but some can emerge with sudden force. We are watching five trends we believe will unfold in 2020 to catapult ESG investing into the new decade.
MSCI BlogESG trends to watch in 2019
The long haul many are bracing for has already started for ESG investors. Each of our five ESG trends to watch in 2019 contain potentially overlooked costs – and opportunities.
MSCI BlogLooking inside ESG indexes
Many investors want to stick to their values or beliefs, as well as meet certain financial objectives. How can ESG indexes help them address these goals?
Research PaperESG investing in emerging markets
Recent studies by MSCI ESG Research LLC have shown historical positive links between environmental, social and governance considerations and corporate financial performance. Because investors might still question whether ESG historically added value in emerging markets, where companies’ consideration of ESG risks is a more recent phenomenon, we compared the performance of four ESG indexes to their MSCI emerging-market parent. Overall, we found that despite emerging-market companies’ tending...
Research PaperFoundations of ESG Investing – Part 3: Integrating ESG into Indexed Institutional Portfolios
According to recent surveys, asset owners’ have shifted their main focus to ESG’s financial benefits, as opposed to social benefits. In the third part of this paper, we discuss how ESG can be integrated into indexed allocations using MSCI ESG Ratings, which provided better risk-adjusted returns from August 2010 to December 2017 than the MSCI ACWI Index. We used existing best-in-class selection-based index methodologies (the MSCI ESG Leaders Index) for the creation of hypothetical global and...
Research PaperUnderstanding MSCI ESG Indexes
This paper explains the different methodologies investors can use to integrate ESG considerations into a benchmark, assess their differences in terms of financial and ESG characteristics and understand potential trade-offs. In the financial industry, benchmarks are used at a strategic level — i.e., as policy benchmarks for defining the eligible investment universe or helping investors determine asset allocations — as well as at an implementation level — i.e., as a performance benchmark for...