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40% Women on Boards — the New Frontier

Mar 1, 2023 Carrie Wang, Tanya Matanda

The number of women on boards continues to rise. While a 30% board gender diversity target has long been the magic number, the continued evolution of boards, both by choice and by regulation, means 40% women on boards is becoming the new frontier.

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Corporate Bonds and Climate Change Risk

Feb 22, 2023 GIESE Guido, MENDIRATTA Rohit, MASTOURI Afsaneh

In this paper, we highlight to investors and portfolio managers the significance of climate-change risk for the value of corporate bonds, as well as provide a framework for further research in this area.


Global Markets One Year After Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

Feb 21, 2023 Ashish Lodh, Andy Sparks, Tom Leahy, Elchin Mammadov

Markets have partially recovered since Russia invaded Ukraine, but questions remain about inflation, economic growth and central banks’ actions. Understanding last year’s performance across asset classes, may help with investment decisions in 2023.


What Biodiversity Loss and COP15 Mean for Investors

Feb 16, 2023 Sylvain Vanston, Arne Philipp Klug

Investors face growing pressure to reverse biodiversity loss. We take a look at the issues shaping nature-related financial risk, key takeaways from the COP15 pact for investors and developments in biodiversity-based disclosure.


How to Evaluate Climate Metrics and Avoid the Big Confusion

Feb 8, 2023 Guido Giese, Manish Shakdwipee

Climate metrics can often be a daunting field, with misunderstanding and confusion rife. We present a two-step toolkit that can help investors identify the most suitable metrics as they look to gauge progress toward their climate-investing goals.

Research Report

Net-Zero Alignment: Engaging on Climate Change

Feb 7, 2023 TUFFORD Harlan, COTE Chris

Engagement, in tandem with capital allocation, is a key lever for institutional investors who wish to pursue net-zero targets.


The Performance of ESG Indexes: Year in Review

Jan 31, 2023 Saurabh Katiyar, Yuliya Plyakha Ferenc

There were several dynamics that influenced the performance of ESG indexes in 2022. We examine the impact of macroeconomic and financial conditions on returns in the short- and long-term.


Climate Indexes' Year in Review: The Journey Toward a Low-Carbon Transition

Jan 26, 2023 Saurabh Katiyar, Manish Shakdwipee

There have been several dynamics that influenced climate-index performance in 2022. We examine the impact of macroeconomic and financial conditions on risk, return and sectors, as well as the management of low-carbon transition risks.


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Foundations of ESG Investing

Foundations of ESG Investing

How ESG integration has affected benchmarks and index-based, factor and active portfolios.

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ESG Fund Ratings

MSCI ESG Fund Ratings aim to measure the resilience of mutual funds and ETFs to long term risks and opportunities arising from environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues.



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