ESG Data Guide 2023

MSCI - ESG Solutions by MSCI

Data category

  • Environmental data
  • Governance data
  • Indices/Exchange data
  • Rankings
  • Ratings
  • Social data
  • Verification/certification data

The data offers solutions for:

  • Environmental impact analysis and insight
  • Investment decisions and portfolio insight
  • Norms-based screening
  • Reporting: CSRD
  • Reporting: Impact
  • Reporting: Other Regulations
  • Reporting: SFDR
  • Reporting: TCFD
  • Reporting: TNFD
  • Social impact analysis and insight

Who are the data users?

  • Corporates
  • Financial institutions
  • Government
  • Investors
  • Trustees

Brief description of the data offering

MSCI is one of the world’s largest providers of ESG data, ratings, research, indexes and analytical tools aimed at helping clients measure and manage financially material ESG risk and opportunities as well as translate commitments into concrete action. 

Coverage: Our broad dataset provides ESG and climate insights for over 17,500 issuers, 750,000 securities, 198 countries and 54,000 funds, encompassing more than 95% of the global value of equity, fixed income, sovereign debt and real estate markets as of February 2023.

ESG Data: MSCI’s AI-enhanced ESG data includes over 1,000 datapoints in more than 20 structured datasets, all of which backs our issuer profiles, ESG ratings, ESG Controversies and SDG alignment methodologies.

ESG Ratings: Our popular and award-winning ESG ratings are designed to be used by investors to identify leaders and laggards and provide clarity in the ever-evolving world of ESG risks. We also publish dozens of reports every month providing research insights to understand the context.

ESG Regulatory Reporting: Our data is designed to help clients get ahead of the latest regulatory requirements around the world including metrics for SFDR Adverse Impact, EU Taxonomy Alignment, MiFID II, Corporate Sustainability Reporting Disclosure, EBA Pillar 3 requirements, as well as emerging disclosure frameworks in every region.

ESG Indexes: MSCI is one of the leading ESG Index providers with over 1,500 equity and fixed income ESG and climate indexes with USD 644 billion benchmarked to these indexes as of 30 June 2022.

ESG Ratings and Climate Search Tool: Our public search tool allows you to search over 2,900 companies that are constituents of the MSCI All Country World Index (ACWI). You can search by company name or ticker to view the ESG and climate risks and opportunities the company might face.

Where and how do you source your data?

MSCI’s 620+ ESG experts and technologists use artificial intelligence to extract investment-relevant insights from unstructured data. On average, roughly 35% of the data that influences an MSCI ESG Rating is not provided by the company but sourced by analysts. Analysts continuously evaluate ESG and climate risks including daily monitoring of 3,400 media publications and updates from public documents and third-party datasets. They normalize a huge volume of data with the help of technology to create standardized, comparable ratings, rankings and benchmarks that are decision-useful to investors.

MSCI’s ESG Ratings model and methodology, which are publicly available, use a rules-based approach to identify industry leaders and laggards according to their exposure to ESG risks and how well they manage those risks relative to peers. In addition to real-time data, MSCI offers nearly 50 years of historical data on equities, factors and fixed income, more than 30 years of ESG and climate knowledge and over 15 years of ESG Ratings time series data.

What is the cost for your data offering?

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What are the key attributes that differentiates the data you offer?

The strength of our data can be seen in MSCI ESG Research’s wide client base. We are proud to support the ESG strategies of over 2,650 clients worldwide including leading pension funds, asset managers, consultants, advisers, banks and insurers. We are a partner and connector for the global investment community. Our position at the intersection of capital markets deepens and differentiates our data and insights for clients.

When it comes to ESG and climate integration, we understand that no one-size-fits-all, but there are core ingredients which are important to you and that we strive to be the global leader in.

  • Transparent, consistent, robust and up-to-date data that provides meaningful insights beyond corporate disclosure
  • Industry material ESG insights which may impact financial performance
  • Broad coverage and time series data across regions, industries and asset classes
  • Solutions to support all aspects of the investment decision making process
  • Solutions to support regulatory, disclosure and reporting requirements
  • Data, technology and flexible solutions to customize your offering

We use reporting tools and platforms to support seamless integration into client workflows. Besides MSCI owned platforms and data distribution methods, we offer data through over 14 third-party distributors including Bloomberg, Aladdin, and Factset.


At MSCI, we are proud to support the ESG strategies of leading pension funds, asset managers, consultants, advisers, banks, insurers and companies worldwide. Get a clear view of your sustainability journey