MSCI ESG Focus Indexes
The MSCI ESG Focus Indexes are designed to target companies with positive environmental, social and governance (ESG) characteristics while closely representing the risk and return profile of the underlying market. Each index is constructed through an optimization process that aims to maximize its exposure to ESG, subject to a target tracking error and other constraints. The indexes are sector-diversified and are designed to over-weight companies with high MSCI ESG Ratings and under-weight companies with low ratings. Tobacco and Controversial Weapons companies are not eligible for inclusion.
The MSCI Extended ESG Focus Indexes are a variation of the MSCI ESG Focus Indexes. In addition to tobacco and controversial weapons companies, those with ties to civilian firearms production and retailing are not eligible for inclusion.
The MSCI ESG Ratings are constructed based on thousands of data points across 37 ESG Key Issues, focusing on the intersection between a company’s core business and the industry issues that can create significant ESG related risks and opportunities. Companies are rated on a AAA-CCC scale relative their industry peers.
The Bloomberg Barclays MSCI ESG Fixed Income Indexes also include ESG Focus Indexes. For more information please visit the primer here and see the factsheets below.
This web page may contain analysis of historical data, which may include hypothetical, backtested or simulated performance results. There are frequently material differences between backtested or simulated performance results and actual results subsequently achieved by any investment strategy. Past performance — whether actual, backtested or simulated — is no indication or guarantee of future performance. None of the information or analysis herein is intended to constitute investment advice or a recommendation to make (or refrain from making) any kind of investment decision or asset allocation and should not be relied on as such. Results may be different for the other indexes in the MSCI ESG Focus Index family.
MSCI USA Small Cap Extended ESG Focus Index
MSCI USA Extended ESG Focus Index
MSCI EAFE Extended ESG Focus Index
MSCI Emerging Markets Extended ESG Focus Index
Bloomberg Barclays MSCI US Corporate ESG Focus Index
Bloomberg Barclays MSCI US Corporate 1-5 Year ESG Focus Index
Bloomberg Barclays MSCI US Aggregate ESG Focus Index