ESG Research

More and more institutional investors are integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into their investment processes. Our research is designed to help investors identify risks and opportunities, and focus in on key ESG performance drivers.




ESG 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?

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.

Are CEOs Paid for Performance?

Has CEO pay reflected long-term stock performance? In a word, “no.”


Climate change presents one of the biggest economic and political challenges of the 21st century, and yet investors are only starting to explore the effect these changes could have on financial assets.

Raising minimum governance standards

Institutional investors concerned with excessive investor and corporate focus on short-term results are seeking to improve minimum, corporate governance standards of their portfolio companies.

Looking 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.


Interest in ESG mandates has grown considerably over the past few years, but some institutional investors remain concerned that the inclusion of ESG factors in their process may come at the cost of weaker risk-adjusted returns.

Re-Examining the Tax Gap

Regulatory authorities are now taking a much tougher approach to corporate tax rates. Since we explored the topic in December 2013  (The ‘Tax Gap’ in the MSCI World), the regulatory outlook has shifted substantially.


MSCI ESG Research LLC. is a Registered Investment Adviser under the Investment Adviser Act of 1940. The most recent SEC Form ADV filing, including Form ADV Part 2A, is available on the U.S. SEC’s website at

ESG ADV 2B (brochure supplement)



Watch the webinar replay and learn from MSCI senior analysts global trends in corporate gender diversity, pay parity, the talent pool and ultimately, the corporate culture shift that may be taking hold.

Energy, Utilities at Drought Risk

Linda-Eling Lee discusses on CNBC which industries are most at risk from a water shortage.

Addressing Climate Change

Watch the webinar to learn how Asset Owners and Consultants can examine the carbon footprint of their portfolios and manage those risks using MSCI tools.