Japan: MSCI ESG Ratings Snapshot
categories: ESG Products & Services, Responsible Investing, Asia Pacific, Asset Owners, Equities, Asset Managers (Quant or Fundamental), TAKABA Minako, general
Since the launch of the MSCI Japan ESG Select Leaders Index in 2017, 60% of companies in the MSCI Japan Top 500 Index have actively participated in MSCI's Issuer Communication process, indicating their awareness and interest in supporting MSCI ESG Research. However, only 11% have demonstrated a stronger handle of relevant ESG risks that resulted in an MSCI ESG Rating upgrade; most (81%) have maintained their rating. We found Japanese companies in the MSCI Japan Top 500 Index have faced fewer controversies than constituents in the MSCI Kokousai Index.