Climate and Net-Zero Solutions
Tools to help investors take climate change into account and make sustainability part of their strategies.
We believe that investors and other financial market participants must act to prevent the worst effects of a warming climate and to integrate financially relevant environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations into their investment processes.
By driving the transition to an economy that removes as much greenhouse gas as it puts in, and by embedding ESG as a core component of portfolio construction, investors can manage emerging risks, identify new opportunities and align their portfolios with a changing world.
MSCI urges investors globally to integrate climate ESG and climate considerations throughout their investment processes if they are to contribute to an effective and balanced transition toward a new era of sustainable growth.
Principles of Sustainable Investing
Our principles of sustainable investing provide a framework to illustrate concrete steps that investors can undertake to improve practices for ESG integration across the investment value chain.
The Role of Capital in the Net-Zero Revolution
We have called on capital-markets participants to help accelerate the shift to a net-zero economy, and outlined a series of steps that asset owners, companies and investment managers can take.
The MSCI Net-Zero Tracker
The MSCI Net-Zero Tracker provides an objective gauge of climate action by the world’s listed companies and their progress toward the global goal of limiting future warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
ESG and climate solutions from MSCI include indexes, data and research-driven, technology-enabled tools that help investors mitigate the risks and identify the opportunities of a changing world and navigate the transition to a low-carbon economy. Every model, analytical tool and insight for bringing greater clarity to ESG and climate investing that we produce is designed to help clients make sustainability part of their long-term strategies and reflects our broader mission of helping clients build better portfolios.
We are proud to be a leader in driving transparency as investors sharpen their focus on the financial impact of climate change and the value of ESG data, ratings and disclosure standards. We make MSCI’s ESG Ratings and Implied Temperature Rise publicly available and searchable without charge for more than 2,900 listed companies globally.
MSCI ESG Research is pleased to announce its endorsement of the Code of Conduct concerning the provision of ESG evaluations (“the Code”) published by the Japan Financial Services Authority. Please refer to our Statement of Compliance and related material to see how MSCI ESG Research has addressed the Principles and Guidelines stated in the Code as they apply to MSCI ESG Ratings, MSCI ESG Controversies and MSCI ESG Labelled Bond and Loan Assessments:
In assigning ESG ratings, MSCI ESG Research applies the principles of transparency, consistent application of methodologies, and mitigation of conflicts of interest. We maintain an established staff training programme and have adopted procedures that describe how corporate issuers may review and comment on the data used in our ratings and assessments: Procedures for Corporate Issuer Interaction (PDF, 115 KB)
MSCI ESG Research is pleased to announce it has signed up to the UK Code of Conduct for ESG Ratings and Data Products Providers (“the Code”).
The Code was developed by the ESG Data and Ratings Working Group (DRWG) and was published on December 14, 2023 by the International Capital Market Association (“ICMA”), which now owns and maintains the Code. The present statement expresses MSCI ESG Research’s support for promoting transparency, good governance, management of conflicts of interest, and robust systems and controls.
In its commitment to transparency, MSCI ESG Research has already published ESG-related methodologies and other documents, available on the following links:
MSCI ESG Research plans to adhere to the implementation periods for ESG Ratings and ESG Data Products as stated by ICMA and will publish its first Statement of Application in due course.
1MSCI ESG and climate ratings, research and data are produced by MSCI ESG Research LLC (“MSCI ESG Research”), a subsidiary of MSCI Inc. MSCI ESG Indexes, Analytics and Real Estate are products of MSCI Inc. that utilize information from MSCI ESG Research. MSCI Indexes are administered by MSCI Limited (U.K.).