ESG Data Guide 2024

MSCI - Climate and Nature Solutions by MSCI

Data category

  • Environmental data
  • Indices/Exchange data
  • Ratings
  • Research data
  • Social data

The data offers solutions for:

  • Carbon footprinting
  • Climate scenario analysis
  • Environmental impact analysis and insight
  • Geospatial/location data
  • Investment decisions and portfolio insight
  • Nature-based information
  • Nature-based information: Biodiversity
  • Nature-based information: Land use
  • Nature-based information: Oceans
  • Nature-based information: Water
  • Physical risk
  • Reporting: CSRD
  • Reporting: EU Regulations
  • Reporting: ISSB standards
  • Reporting: Impact
  • Reporting: Other Regulations
  • Reporting: SEC climate
  • Reporting: SFDR
  • Reporting: TCFD
  • Reporting: TNFD
  • Temperature alignment
  • Transition plan assessments

Who are the data users?

  • Corporates
  • Financial institutions
  • Government
  • Investors
  • Trustees

Brief description of the data offering

MSCI offers an extensive suite of data, metrics and tools designed to help you integrate climate into your strategies to capture opportunities, manage risks, align with regulatory requirements, and deliver on climate commitments.

Climate Change Metrics: forward-looking climate modeling that assesses a portfolio’s impact on climate change and allows clients to integrate transition strategies into their investment decisions.

  • Build out climate capabilities across the investment cycle with over 900 climate change metrics designed to enable baselining, current exposure analysis, engagement and reporting activities.
  • Enhance insights with extensive multi-scope carbon emissions data combined with power generation, fossil fuel and company target data.
  • Identify companies with potential to benefit from growth of low carbon products and services with the Low Carbon Transition Risk Score, and patent and clean tech solutions data sets.

Climate Change Solutions: measure and manage risks and opportunities with emissions data, sector-specific data (fossil fuel exposure, production data), data around solution providers (green revenue, patent) and analysis of companies’ commitment.

  • Enable advanced climate risk integration in the investment process, respond to regulations, and translate net-zero targets into action with Climate Value-at-Risk.
  • Quantify the effects of climate-related uncertainty across portfolios, lending books and enterprises with advanced, forward- looking metrics.
  • Assess potential future costs and profits from climate change through broad-based scenario analysis and stress testing.

Nature & Biodiversity Solutions: designed to help investors identify and measure nature and biodiversity related risks and impacts of their portfolios, facilitating reporting to TNFD. The solution leverages years of expertise on nature-relevant themes across our ESG & Climate Research, ESG Ratings, BISR, SDG and Controversies solutions. MSCI GeoSpatial data also provides critical spatial context, enables vulnerability mapping, aids in trend analysis, supports risk modeling and guides resilient infrastructure planning, helping you better understand and mitigate climate-related risks.

Reporting and Regulatory Solutions: data and insights designed to align with global and local disclosure requirements, including SFDR, EU Taxonomy, MiFID II, CSRD, EBA Pillar 3 and more. Our solutions are also aligned to frameworks such as the TCFD, PCAF, ISSB, TNFD and the UN Race to Zero alliances.

MSCI Carbon Markets: investment-grade data and analytics to a wide range of clients across the carbon-market ecosystem. Following the acquisition of Trove Research in 2023, MSCI Carbon Markets leverages over two decades of experience in carbon-market analysis, combining proprietary data collection with advanced data science, geospatial and techno-economic modeling to create unique and actionable insights.

Where and how do you source your data?

MSCI Sustainability and Climate products are based on 4,000 raw data points collected on average per issuer and the output includes 135,000 company reports and 80 million data points per year. We utilise over 17,000 derived datapoints on average for each issuer with the output including over 80 million data points per year. 400+ Sustainability & Climate specialists are dedicated to the development of pioneering climate models, analytics and indexes.

MSCI is a leading climate index provider by equity assets linked to its climate indexes, with $664 billion benchmarked to MSCI ESG & Climate Equity Indexes. In addition, there are 2,250+ climate change metrics covering 19,600+ issuers.

Our sustainability and climate data is powered by:

Data governance with thorough data methodology, cataloging, data structure, QA methodologies, data receipts to help maintain data consistency and quality.

Domain expertise with global Industry expertise (11 Sectors), deep and broad content knowledge 
(10 differentiated domain expertise) coupled with strong local market presence.

Data quality defined by thoroughness, comprehensiveness, immediacy and exactness as well as traceability back to source (evidences). Verification: We include Issuers in our quality process via a two way open channels of communications.

Technology driven by leveraging technology in all steps of our data creation, to provide scale, speed, and unique and differentiated data.

Artificial intelligence by using various AI technics ranging from traditional NLP and LLM for document identification, classification and data extraction, to ML models to identify contextual anomalies.

Transparency & documentation that focuses on clear, public methodologies, source disclosure, and data type transparency. Rigorous quality checks, dual vendor validation, and a correction policy enhance data reliability. 

MSCI ONE is an open architecture technology platform engineered on Microsoft Azure, providing global institutional investors and corporate issuers an integrated experience to access MSCI's diverse portfolio of products and solutions.

What is the cost for your data offering?

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

We turn climate data into insight: Our climate solutions harness the depth of our data and the collective insight of our analysts to help you understand how to produce return, quantify risk and adapt your strategy accordingly.

A partner and critical connector: Our position at the intersection of capital markets deepens the data and insights available to clients. Our climate metrics are calibrated with widely adopted disclosure and accounting frameworks and designed to help you keep pace with global standards.

A complete picture: We deliver a synergistic view across asset classes, products and markets, all supported by an AI- and data-rich financial infrastructure.

Capture what matters to you: Our solutions are designed to address the most important climate questions. Yours. We help you answer the questions you care about, to unlock the potential of climate finance and investing.

Innovation and expertise for navigating a rapidly changing world: MSCI’s Climate Risk Center brings together some of the best minds in quantitative finance and climate science to build new types of models and analytics for pricing climate risk, allocating capital, and deepening understanding of how the climate transition influences financial markets.

Research-based: We publish hundreds of research-based insights each year dedicated to helping clients understand and use data and metrics from MSCI to take climate change into account and make sustainability part of their strategies. 

MSCI Sustainability Institute: is on a mission to drive progress by capital markets to create sustainable value and tackle global challenges such as climate change. It leverages MSCI’s experience and expertise in the investment industry to spur collaboration across finance, academia, government, NGOs, think tanks and companies from different sectors, while helping to close the gaps between strategy-setting data, analysis, policy and action.