MSCI teams up with Barclays to build global ESG fixed income indices

MSCI, a provider of investment decision support tools worldwide, has teamed up with Barclays, to launch a family of co-branded Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) fixed income indices.

The indices will be co-branded and independently marketed by both firms. Institutional clients will be able to use them to create index-linked investment products, such as Exchange Traded Funds, separately managed accounts or structured products.

In a statement, MSCI and Barclays said “they will begin meeting with asset owners, asset managers and investment consultants to understand their plans for integrating ESG factors into their investment policies”. The consultation process is intended to ascertain which ESG strategies are most relevant to investors and to define the methodologies of the new indices.

Waqas Samad, head of Index, Portfolio and Risk Solutions at Barclays, said: “As a leading provider of indices and analytics, Barclays continues to focus on innovation and so we are excited to work with MSCI, a clear leader in ESG research, to develop and offer a new market standard.”

Baer Pettit, managing director and head of the MSCI Index Business, said: “The objective of MSCI’s ESG business is to provide investors with tools to integrate ESG factors across a broad range of asset classes. Working together with Barclays, we expect these new benchmarks to fill a gap in the market and facilitate the growth of ESG investment.”

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