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Why Climate Investing?

Climate change is the single greatest challenge humankind has faced and its consequences are already all too apparent. There has been an enormous rise in climate disasters over the past two decades, leading to the deaths of over 1.2 million people and affecting more than 4 billion people in total.1 To address the impacts of climate change we require the largest reconstruction of the global economy. The world cannot afford to delay any longer and capital-markets participants must be at the center of this global reconstruction. Investors need the appropriate research, tools, and solutions to help accelerate this economic transformation.

Under Climate Investing investors and issuers utilize climate data and tools to support their investment decision making. This includes measuring and reporting on climate risk exposure, implementing low carbon fossil-fuel-free strategies, factoring climate change research into risk management processes, engaging companies and external stakeholders, to better align with a net-zero trajectory.

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Foundations of Climate Investing video

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Foundations of Climate Investing

MSCI’s Linda-Eling Lee, Global Head of ESG Research, Guido Giese, Executive Director, Core Equity Research and Bruno Rauis, Executive Director, Climate Risk Research, discuss the findings of our new report that examine to what extent climate risk has been priced into equity markets.

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Climate investing - Our solutions

Our solutions

Our Climate Solutions give you access to a wide range of tools and data designed to enable you to address a variety of needs.

  • Climate and Net-Zero Solutions

    Our holistic MSCI Climate Solutions empower investors to analyze and report on their portfolios’ exposures to transition and physical climate risk.

  • Climate Indexes

    MSCI offers climate indexes for both Equity & Fixed Income that aim to meet the variety of needs of institutional investors who wish to address climate change.

  • Climate Lab Enterprise

    Climate Lab Enterprise provides a comprehensive view of climate risk across enterprises, strategies, portfolios, and companies. Visualize transition and physical risk, emissions and scenarios to assess alignment and track progress toward climate goals.

  • Carbon Footprinting for Private Equity and Debt

    Harness the power of MSCI ESG Research and Burgiss Data to take climate change into account across unlisted asset classes.

  • Real Estate Climate Solutions

    We help real estate investors integrate climate, performance, and risk analysis to build more sustainable portfolios.

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Net-Zero Commitment

MSCI’s net-zero commitment

We believe that we should conduct MSCI’s business in line with the expectations we have asked of others, upholding the same high standards. We want to lead by example.

To achieve this goal throughout MSCI’s global operations, MSCI has committed to achieve net-zero emissions before 2040.

Getting to net-zero reflects our goal of taking meaningful action to make climate considerations part of our strategy, operations and culture now and for years and decades to come. It builds on MSCI’s Principles of Sustainable Investing, which sound the alarm to global investors that a convergence of environmental, social and governance factors will impact the pricing of financial assets and precipitate a large-scale reallocation of capital.

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Our clients and products

Our clients

We understand that when it comes to Climate investing, one size does not fit all. Our 49 years of experience2 in objectively measuring and modeling ESG and Climate characteristics and developing solutions for many of the world’s investors, has helped us identify common integration use cases by investor type. As our client ecosystem evolves, we will continue to expand the use cases and add more resources. If you would like to learn more about how we can help you integrate Climate insights.

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Climate 101

Explore how owners and managers of capital can be a force in confronting the single biggest challenge of our time.

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The Net-Zero Knowledge Hub

A professional investor’s guide to navigating the financial impacts of climate change featuring actionable information from MSCI and other thought leaders.

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MSCI Joins the Net Zero Financial Service Providers Alliance

MSCI is proud to be a founding member of the Net Zero Financial Service Providers Alliance and is committed to aligning all relevant services and products with the goal of net zero emissions by 2050 or sooner.

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1“Human cost of disasters: An overview of the last 20 years, 2000-2019.” Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters and UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction. Nov. 3, 2020.

2Through our legacy companies KLD, Innovest, IRRC, and GMI Ratings. ESG and climate data, research and ratings are produced by MSCI ESG Research LLC and are used as an input to the MSCI ESG indexes, calculated by MSCI, Inc.