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Jurgita Balaisyte

Jurgita Balaisyte

Vice President, MSCI Research

Jurgita Balaisyte is a Senior ESG research analyst at MSCI, based in Hong Kong, and leads the ESG research for South-East Asia coverage. She has an in-depth knowledge of ESG issues in APAC in Consumer Staples (Food and Agricultural Products) and Healthcare sectors. Before joining MSCI earlier in 2020, Jurgita worked as an ESG analyst for a Hong Kong based Malaysian broker firm overseeing South-East Asian market. Jurgita holds a master’s degree in Local Economic Development from London School of Economics and Political Science.

Research and Insights

Articles by Jurgita Balaisyte

    Opportunities Through Nature-Based Solutions in APAC, but Shortage of Projects

    2 mins read Quick Take | May 21, 2024 | Siyao He, Jurgita Balaisyte

    Nature-based solutions have emerged as a potential tool in the battle against climate change. We explore their viability in the APAC region.

    Biodiversity Risks and Opportunities in Asia Pacific

    Research Report | Apr 8, 2024 | Jurgita Balaisyte, S.K. Kim, Kuldeep Yadav

    The Asia Pacific region is at the heart of the global biodiversity crisis. Using MSCI ESG Ratings, we assess APAC companies on their exposure to biodiversity risks. But these risks may also offer opportunities to address the impacts of biodiversity. 

    Assessing Biodiversity-Related Risks in APAC

    2 mins read Quick Take | Dec 8, 2023 | S.K. Kim, Jurgita Balaisyte

    As the link between biodiversity and climate change becomes increasingly apparent, companies with operations or assets in biodiversity-rich areas may find themselves under growing scrutiny. We assessed companies in APAC to identify where the risks lay.  

    Assessing Corporate SDG Alignment: Identifying Gaps and Opportunities

    Research Report | Dec 6, 2023 | Namita Nair, Jurgita Balaisyte

    In 2015, the UN launched its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to drive large-scale, positive environmental and societal impact. We mapped these SDGs to four broad themes — environment, society, economy and governance — to analyze corporate alignment patterns.

    Using Geospatial Analysis to Assess Biodiversity Risks in Asia-Pacific

    2 mins read Quick Take | May 23, 2023 | Gillian Mollod, Jurgita Balaisyte

    Companies operating in industries assessed on biodiversity-related key issues, may contribute more to biodiversity loss and be more susceptible to biodiversity-loss risk. We looked at the MSCI AC Asia Investable Market Index to see where the risks lay.  

    Which Sectors Are Most Affected by Climate Risks?

    2 mins read Quick Take | May 15, 2023 | Jurgita Balaisyte

    Managing climate-change risks can be crucial to protecting portfolios while reaching sustainability goals. We looked at the impact of physical risks at the sector level for the MSCI AC Asia Pacific Investable Market Index to identify where the risks lay.

    Most Prevalent Climate Hazards Found in Asia-Pacific

    2 mins read Quick Take | May 10, 2023 | Gillian Mollod, Jurgita Balaisyte

    Hazard data is a key component of physical-risk modeling. We mapped the physical assets operated by constituents of the MSCI AC Asia Investable Market Index to the most prevalent climate hazards in the region to see where the risks lay.

    We Should Be Paying More Attention to Air Pollution

    Podcast | Apr 21, 2023 | Simon Albrecht, Jurgita Balaisyte

    This week we discuss why air pollution is a topic that investors may want to take greater interest in. It is not only a macro-economic burden, but also affects every company operating in polluted areas.

    MSCI ESG Healthcare Funds and SDG 3

    Research Report | Jun 30, 2021 | Rumi Mahmood, Jurgita Balaisyte, Namita Nair

    We studied all ETFs and mutual funds in our coverage that invest in healthcare and allied industries to assess the degree of fund alignment with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 3. Overall, we found relatively little alignment.