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MSCI ESG Screened Indexes

An off-the-shelf approach to ESG screens

The MSCI ESG screened indexes are designed for institutional investors and aim to exclude companies:

  • associated with controversial, civilian, nuclear weapons and tobacco
  • that derive revenues from thermal coal and oil sands extraction or
  • that are not in compliance with the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) principles

The indexes incorporate these exclusions while seeking to maintain a profile similar to market cap indexes. The suite of six indexes is available as a standard offering for easier access and implementation.

The exclusions have been selected to span the three pillars of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investing which reflect investors’ most common concerns


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ESG Screened Indexes features and benefits

  • ESG Screened: to incorporate common exclusions while aiming for a similar profile as market cap indexes
  • Easy to Access: available as part of the standard offering in MSCI’s ESG Index Module and Enhanced Module
  • Easy to Implement: designed to be easy to use and efficient for investors who seek an off the shelf ESG exclusion index


  • Designed to maintain a broad coverage with similar profile to market cap index
  • Targets Zero exposure to Controversial Weapons or Tobacco Producers
  • Aims to exclude companies involved in controversial businesses
  • Limited exclusions designed to lead to manageable tracking error vs parent index
  • Aims to reduce Carbon Footprint

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