MSCI - MSCI ESG Research
- Environmental data
- Social data
- Governance data
- Indices/Exchange data
- Verification/certification data
What data do you provide?
MSCI ESG Research provides in-depth research, ratings and analysis of the environmental, social and governance-related business practices of thousands of companies worldwide. Our research is designed to provide critical insights that can help institutional investors identify risks and opportunities that traditional investment research may overlook. We leverage MSCI ESG Ratings for over 7,500 companies (13,500 total issuers including subsidiaries) and more than 650,000 equity and fixed income securities globally to create ESG scores and metrics for approximately 32,000 multi-asset class Mutual Funds and ETFs globally.
We aim to help investors integrate ESG across their entire investment process. Our broad product line supports clients' needs across major asset classes and provides them with a consistent way of looking at risk and performance from front to middle office. We have a flexible business model that enables clients to select the individual products and services they need and integrate to their own investment processes and methodologies.
Where and how do you source your data?
MSCI ESG Research utilizes hundreds of publicly available sources beyond corporate disclosure to inform ESG Ratings. Our data sources include more than 100 specialized data sets, company disclosures and more than 1,600 media sources. Source material includes corporate documents such as annual reports and quarterly filings, proxy filings, corporate social responsibility reports, securities filings, websites, and Carbon Disclosure Project responses; governmental data including central bank data and the Comprehensive Environmental Response and Liability Information System (CERCLIS); academic and NGO databases including trade and academic journals; and reports from and interviews with trade groups, industry experts, and non-governmental organizations familiar with the companies' operations and any related controversies. We also use a wide variety of sources to map micro-level risk exposure to companies' geographies of operation and business segments.
Who are the data users?
Over 1,300 institutional investors globally, including some of the largest asset owners and managers, are clients of MSCI ESG Research and Ratings. ESG Ratings and data from MSCI ESG Research LLC are also used in the construction of the more than 1,000 equity and fixed income MSCI ESG Indexes, which are provided by MSCI, Inc.
What are the key attributes that differentiates the data you offer?
The ESG Ratings are not a disclosure-only assessment. On average, voluntary company ESG disclosure accounts for about 35% of a company’s ESG rating. While greater transparency of meaningful data is still needed and desired for the most accurate evaluation of a company’s ESG performance, we have found that voluntary reporting on its own is not sufficient for investors to assess companies’ potential ESG risks and opportunities. Alternative datasets are used to corroborate and balance the views presented by voluntary disclosure and provide institutional investors an objective view of a company’s ESG risk profile.
MSCI ESG Research is the first in the industry to provide a fully integrated set of ESG research and analysis tools covering the most common fixed income issuer types, including corporates, sovereigns, supranationals, agencies, and covered bonds.
In addition, MSCI’s Analytics products offer institutional investors an integrated view of risk and return. Our research-enhanced content and tools help institutional investors understand and control for market, credit, liquidity and counterparty risk across major asset classes, spanning short, medium and long-term time horizons. MSCI's Analytics platform includes MSCI Barra multi-factor models, pricing models and methodologies for performance attribution, MSCI RiskMetrics models for statistical analysis such as VaR, and tools for security analysis, portfolio optimization, back testing and stress testing. MSCI Beon™ allows clients to interact with their data and analytics alongside MSCI’s third-party content all in one place, providing clients with greater efficiency and flexibility.
MSCI #ESG Ratings provides insight into ESG risks and opportunities. How do #ESG Ratings work? What are the significant ESG risks? What does a poor rating look like? Learn more. https://www.msci.com/esg-ratings