MSCI makes further climate push with unveiling of Sustainability Institute


MSCI, a prominent investment data and research provider, unveiled its latest initiative, the MSCI Sustainability Institute.

The MSCI Sustainability Institute is a testament to the company’s commitment to fostering collaboration within the capital markets ecosystem. Their primary objective is to curate sustainable value while tackling pressing global issues, notably climate change.

MSCI is renowned for its expansive reach in investment data and research. Over the years, they have firmly positioned themselves as pivotal contributors to the global capital markets, assisting various stakeholders with their comprehensive data solutions.

The MSCI Sustainability Institute will act as a nexus for multiple sectors, including finance, academia, government, NGOs, think tanks, and corporations. The institute aims to harmonise data, analysis, policy, and action. Among its key initiatives are facilitating academic researchers and policymakers with sustainability metrics, forging ties with academic institutions like Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, and proactively advocating for innovations in sustainable finance data and metrics.

Under the capable leadership of Linda-Eling Lee, appointed as the Founding Director and Head of MSCI Sustainability Institute, the institute aims for groundbreaking strides. Lee, with her impressive tenure at MSCI since 2010 and her role as Managing Director, Global Head of ESG and Climate Research, brings unparalleled expertise to the forefront. Furthermore, the institute will benefit from the insights of Hiromichi Mizuno, recently inducted as the Special Advisor to the CEO, specialising in climate and sustainable investing challenges.

Before joining MSCI in 2010, Lee was associated with RiskMetrics Group, where she distinguished herself as the Head of Consumer Sector Research, ESG. Apart from her new role, she continues to be an integral part of MSCI’s Executive Committee.

MSCI Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Henry Fernandez said, “Global challenges such as climate change cannot be solved by governments, corporations, NGOs or multilateral organizations alone. The most meaningful solutions all require some type of cross-sector collaboration. Through the MSCI Sustainability Institute, we will bring together a wide range of thinkers with complementary strengths and expertise, and help them turn data-driven ideas into real-world influence and action.”

Founding Director and Head of MSCI Sustainability Institute Linda-Eling Lee stated, “We are incredibly excited to work with investors, academics, policymakers, NGOs and companies across industries, leveraging MSCI’s experience in developing new ways to measure both financial and non-financial value. Together, we will deepen knowledge of how capital markets can help drive sustainable value.”

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