Our people intro
Our people power our business – their success is our success. MSCI is committed to creating a performance culture of high employee engagement where every employee takes personal ownership and responsibility for their performance, career and professional growth. Our talent and leadership development programs are designed to ensure we have the leadership and talent pipeline in place to deliver on MSCI’s strategy, and our diverse workforce and inclusive work environment are critical to our success.
MSCI is an international company with a highly diverse global footprint. At MSCI, diversity is at our core and inclusion defines our culture. Our people are empowered to maximize their potential in an environment where all individuals are respected and encouraged to bring their authentic selves to work. This culture drives us to innovate and provide industry-leading solutions that power better investment decisions.
Increasing our diversity expands our talent pool which helps to accelerate innovation in all we do. Inclusion is highly correlated to driving engagement at MSCI which drives company performance and shareholders' value creation. We are dedicated to hiring and promoting qualified candidates historically underrepresented in our industry, including women, ethnic minorities and those in the LGBT+ community.
From the composition of our Board of Directors (30% female) and management team to our diversity, equity and inclusion programs, we are deeply committed to global diversity and equity and an inclusive culture where people can be their authentic selves. Our Board of Directors’ Compensation & Talent Management Committee, at least annually, reviews our diversity, equity and inclusion programs and initiatives.
Our Executive Committee is comprised of one female (Global Head of Index and Corporate Responsibility Officer) and four people of color, including our CEO, Henry Fernandez.
At MSCI, diversity is at our core and inclusion defines our culture. Our people are empowered to maximize their potential in an environment where all individuals are respected and encouraged to bring their authentic selves to work. This culture drives us to innovate and provide industry-leading solutions that power better investment decisions.
-Mission Statement developed by 2019 Executive Diversity Council
Executive Diversity Council
The Executive Diversity Council (EDC), led by Jorge Mina, Head of Analytics and a member of the Executive Committee, is comprised of a diverse group of 29 employees representing 18 offices across 12 countries. The EDC’s mission is to champion a diverse and inclusive culture by providing ongoing counsel on corporate initiatives and facilitating collaboration across the company. EDC members are responsible for partnering with our existing employees resource groups to raise awareness, conduct events around the globe, and serve as sponsors in their respective locations. EDC leaders partner with our Employer Brand Council and "Voice of the Organization” groups to help attract diverse candidates to MSCI. In addition, EDC leaders, in partnership with Black Leadership Network (BLN) employee resource group member, conduct ”Candid Conversations” to gather employee sentiment and feedback on sensitive topics such as racial injustice, as well as overall diversity, equity and inclusion actions.
Our Annual Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Summit
Our Annual Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Summit
The CEO, President, Chief Human Resources Officer and other Executive Committee members sponsor MSCI’s annual Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Summit attended by high performing women, MSCI Pride leaders, Black Leadership Network individuals and members of the Executive Diversity Council. The multi-day event features guest speakers, educational and networking events with the dual objective of developing leaders and inspiring actions for a more inclusive culture.
Our Annual Diversity and Inclusion Summit Content
Our People - BLN and Eco
Black Leadership Network
The Black Leadership Network (BLN), recently launched in June 2020, has a mission to promote the recruitment, leadership, development and recognition of Black employees at MSCI. Sponsored by two Executive Committee Members (General Counsel and Head of ESG Product), the BLN is an employee-driven initiative that will seek to attract, develop and retain Black employees through increased and focused recruiting, mentorship, professional development and networking opportunities.
- The BLN develops internal programming for important events such as Black History Month in both the U.K. and the US, including featuring external speakers and encouraging candid conversations from senior leaders and internal employees in panel discussions.
- BLN leaders partner with Executive Diversity Council (EDC) members in conducting “Candid Conversations” to gather employee sentiment and feedback on sensitive topics such as racial injustice and overall Inclusion Diversity actions.
Cultivating Talent and Employee Engagement
Our people - awards
In 2019, our CEO, Henry Fernandez, was named one of the 13 founding member CEOs of the NYSE Board Advisory Council, which is responsible for advancing board diversity by connecting diverse candidates with open board seats.
MSCI’s Norman office was recently certified as a 2019 Oklahoma Family Positive Workplace. The certification was granted by the Potts Family Foundation, a non-profit, as part of their OK 25 by 25 initiative to improve Oklahoma's rankings of early childhood wellbeing to the top 25 states by 2025. The organization evaluates applicants based on their implementation of practices and policies that support families and provide ways for employees to more easily balance family and work obligations.
Toronto was a final candidate for Women in Finance Awards in Canada.
Women’s Forum of New York honored MSCI for accelerating gender parity in the boardroom at the 2019 Breakfast of Corporate Champions.