ESG Data Guide 2024

MSCI - Sustainability Solutions by MSCI

Data category

  • Environmental data
  • Governance data
  • Indices/Exchange data
  • Rankings
  • Ratings
  • Research data
  • Social data
  • Verification/Certification/External opinion

The data offers solutions for:

  • Environmental impact analysis and insight
  • Geospatial/location data
  • Investment decisions and portfolio insight
  • Norms-based screening
  • Reporting: CSRD
  • Reporting: EU Regulations
  • Reporting: ISSB standards
  • Reporting: Impact
  • Reporting: Other Regulations
  • Reporting: SEC climate
  • Reporting: SFDR
  • Reporting: TCFD
  • Reporting: TNFD
  • Reporting: UN SDGs
  • Social impact analysis and insight

Who are the data users?

  • Corporates
  • Financial institutions
  • Government
  • Investors
  • Trustees

Brief description of the data offering

MSCI is a leading provider of mission-critical decision support tools and services for the global investment community. With over 50 years of expertise in research, data and technology, we improve transparency across the investment process and enable better decisions.

We are one of the world’s largest providers of sustainability data, ratings, research, indexes and analytics aimed at helping clients measure and manage financially material sustainability risk and opportunities as well as translate commitments into concrete action. 

At MSCI, our sustainability solutions…

  • Capture new data sets, enhance existing models and develop new models to cover evolving sustainability & climate needs and regulatory requirements impacting our clients.
  • Provide broad coverage of asset classes and securities to enable a consistent approach across the full portfolio, with a focus on fixed income and private assets.
  • Enable integration into the investment process and reporting needs and facilitate a common language across the capital markets ecosystem.

We’re proud to work with 3,000+ clients worldwide including leading pension funds, asset managers, consultants, advisers, corporates, banks and insurers. We are the #1 climate index provider by equity ETF assets linked to indexes and cover more than 17,000 issuers and 950,000 securities.

Sustainability Reporting Services: easily compile portfolio and enterprise reports designed to align with regulations and best practices using our continuously expanding catalogue of requirements and frameworks around the world. Learn more here.

Private Company Data Connect: a new platform that leverages the ESG Integrated Disclosure Project template to collect private sustainability and climate data, generate insights, and simplify disclosure practices. Learn more here.

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. You can search by company name or ticker to view their sustainability and climate risks and opportunities.

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 also dedicated to the development of pioneering climate models, analytics and indexes.

Our sustainability and climate data is powered by:

Data governance 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 also our 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?

Please contact to learn more.

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

The strength of our data is evident from our leadership among a broad client base. We are proud to support the sustainability strategies of our clients worldwide, including 79 out of the top 100 pension funds, 97 out of the top 100 asset managers and 60 out of the top 100 banks. 
MSCI is a connector for the global investment community and our position at the intersection of capital markets deepens and differentiates our data and insights.

When it comes to sustainability 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

·         Industry material sustainability 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 that are customizable

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.