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ESG Update - October 2011

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ESG Update

From MSCI | October 2011

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Announcements & Updates


In October, MSCI ESG Research has published MSCI ESG IVA Industry Reports and Methodologies* for the following industries:

  • Biotechnology
  • Commodity Chemicals
  • Electric Power – North America
  • Gas Utilities
  • Integrated Oil and Gas
  • Real Estate Management and Development
  • Restaurants
  • Retail - Europe
  • Retail – North America
  • Textiles, Apparel, and Luxury Goods
  • Tobacco*

In addition, we have updated the MSCI ESG IVA Company Profiles and Risk Ratings for the following industries:

  • Banks - Asia Pacific
  • Containers & Packaging
  • Household Durables
  • REITs – Asia Pacific
  • Retail - Europe
  • Transportation Infrastructure
  • Water Utilities (formerly known as Public Services)

Featured Resources

Nominations - MSCI ESG Research's AUS Carbon Tax Report has been nominated for the 2011 Australian Sustainability Awards
Whitepaper - Integrating ESG into the Investment Process
FTfm video - Pension Funds drive ESG adoption
Webcast - Integrating ESG into the Investment Process - Opportunities for South Africa, Oct 27, 2011



For more information on MSCI ESG Research and Indices products and services, please visit our website.

Research Insights

Measuring ESG Effectiveness

Asset owners and managers are becoming increasingly aware of the potential risk and value impact of ESG factors, and their potential effect on an investment profile. ESG factors are seen as both a risk and an opportunity to select better-managed companies. To ensure effective risk management, it is important that institutional investors understand the sources of ESG risks and have an overall appreciation of these risks at the portfolio level. MSCI ESG Research invites you to the next 'ESG Integration' webinar where our experts will discuss how ESG factors can be more effectively used as risk and return drivers and how an ESG analytic framework can facilitate understanding of ESG risk at security, sector, key issues and portfolio level...

» Register for the webinar on November 14

» Read the Insight "Encouraging Sustainable Growth with ESG Research"

Hot Topic

Global Cluster Munitions Legislation and Implications for Investors

Cluster munitions are a collection of ten to several hundred individual sub-munitions, weighing less than 20 kilograms each, designed to scatter and explode over an area as large as several football fields. Human rights organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), media, and local governments have campaigned against cluster munitions due to the widespread and indiscriminate damage inflicted upon both soldiers and civilians. Cluster munitions, along with other indiscriminate weapons such as landmines, are covered by international humanitarian law. This Blog reviews the international and country-specific cluster munitions mandates, including recent developments in the Netherlands, and provides a focused view on the legislation prohibiting investments... Read more

Industry in Focus

Uncovering the Hidden Costs of Unconventional Oil & Gas

Despite jitters in the financial markets, the Oil and Gas industry is riding high, with bullish projections for energy prices. The run up in demand means the push for unconventional oil and gas is strong. Companies are racing to develop sources requiring deepwater, oil sands, and shale gas drilling – encroaching on new territories and using techniques that carry high environmental and social risks...

» Read the Insight

» Register for the webinar on November 17 


ESG Events Calendar

TBLI Europe Conference – ESG Integration Roundtable and Speaker Slots

November 10 - 11, 2011, London

Industry Event

» Read more

Investment Concept - Measuring ESG Effectiveness

November 14, 2011


» Register

Industry in Focus - Uncovering the Hidden Costs of Unconventional Oil & Gas

November 17, 2011


» Register

MSCI ESG Research / Sparinvest Seminar – ESG Integration, from Theory into Practice

November 23, 2011, Oslo


» Register

Novethic's Annual Event for Responsible Investors

November 28, 2011, Paris

Industry Event

» Read more

MSCI ESG Research / UKSIF Seminar - Sustainable Housing

December 1, 2011, London


» Contact UKSIF for more information

Media Networking Breakfast NYC - Integrating ESG into the Investment Process

December 2, 2011, New York


» Contact MSCI for more information

MSCI ESG Research / Nordea / University of St Andrews Seminar – ESG Integration into Mainstream Investment Processes

December 8, 2011, Helsinki


» Register

MSCI ESG Research / Responsible Investor 'ESG Leaders' Roundtable – Integrating ESG into the Investment Process

December 12, 2011, New York


» Contact MSCI for more information

Friends of Funds – MSCI Speaker Slot on SRI / ESG Investments

December 13, 2011, Zurich


» Contact FoF from more information

This MSCI ESG Research is provided by Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. ("ISS") or its subsidiaries. ISS is an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of MSCI Inc. ("MSCI"). MSCI is a publicly traded company on the NYSE (Ticker: MSCI). The issuers that are mentioned in ESG Research may be clients of ISS, or another MSCI subsidiary, or the parent of, or affiliated with, a client of ISS, or another MSCI subsidiary. MSCI ESG Research reports, articles and profiles have not been submitted to, nor received approval from, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission or any other regulatory body. While we have exercised due care in compiling the information, we make no warranty, express or implied, regarding the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of the information and assume no liability with respect to the consequences of relying on the information for investment or other purposes. In particular, MSCI ESG Research is not intended to constitute an offer, solicitation or advice to buy or sell securities.


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