New search tools offer transparency on ratings for 36,000 mutual funds and ETFs, as well as equity and blended indexes
MSCI is continuing its push for ESG transparency at the company, fund, and index levels with two new publicly searchable caches of information on its website.
“We are proud to provide investors and industry stakeholders with publicly available ESG metrics for tens of thousands of funds, companies, and indexes, helping to drive awareness, educate the market, and raise ESG disclosure standards,” said MSCI Head of ESG Remy Briand.
With the new MSCI ESG Fund Ratings search tool, users can see the ESG Fund Rating of 36,000 multi-asset class mutual funds and ETFs. The tool is also able to show a fund’s peer and global rank, the ESG Rating distribution of its underlying holdings, and other ESG metrics including green vs. brown revenue, board independence, and diversity and social screens.
Clients of MSCI ESG Fund Ratings also have full access to a fund’s exposure to controversies and over 200 ESG metrics.
Meanwhile, the MSCI Index Profile search tool lets users see index-level ESG metrics for all of MSCI’s EU-regulated equity and blended indexes, along with information on whether these indexes include ESG criteria. The firm has divulged index-level ESG metrics for all its EU BMR equity and blended indexes as part of its drive to help standardize ESG disclosures, with details on fixed-income indexes to come in upcoming weeks.
The launch of the new tools follows MSCI’s release of MSCI ESG ratings for over 2,800 issuers in November last year.
“We are firm believers that enhanced transparency and comparability is fundamental to ensuring broader adoption of ESG indexes, and in driving capital towards more sustainable investments,” Briand said.