MSCI ESG research expands to EMs

Data and research supplier MSCI has expanded its MSCI ESG Impact Monitor coverage to include emerging markets.

Remy Briand, managing director and global head of Index and ESG Research at MSCI said the change was in response to client demand for improved tools in the area of environmental, social and governace (ESG) research.

“As interest in integrating ESG into the investment process has grown, investors now are seeking in-depth ESG analysis across all sectors and asset classes both regionally and globally,” Briand said.

MSCI’s Impact Monitor tool is intended to enable investors to look at companies’ ESG impact, and assess their ability to react to it. The system includes assessments based on the UN Global Compact and ILO Core Conventions. Users can generate compliance lists, engage portfolio monitoring for ESG breaches, and receive warnings through alert functions. Screening of companies can be done on issues such as child labour, toxic spills, bribery and corruption, as well as land mines, cluster bombs, cigarettes and nuclear power.

The extended coverage means the monitoring and analysis now stretches to companies in the MSCI ACWI Index, a global equity index of developed and emerging market countries.

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