MSCI partners with GeoQuant to expand ESG data ecosystem

MSCI has struck two new partnerships with GeoQuant and ELEVATE to enhance the capability of MSCI’s environment, social and governance (ESG) data ecosystem.

MSCI clients will now have access to GeoQuant’s ESG Geopolitical Risk Dataset, which blends political and computer science to provide daily indicators and two-year predictions on 40+ plus governance, social, security, and environmental risks across 127 countries.

Through GeoQuant’s Human + Machine (AI) model, large volumes of reputable data, news and social media content are sorted to create intelligent algorithms that are further calibrated by a team of PhD political scientists and country-specific experts.

The GeoQuant ESG Geopolitical Risk Dataset is customisable by risk type, sector and asset class, allowing investors the ability to integrate geopolitical risk considerations systematically.

 ELEVATE’s Supply Chain ESG Risk Ratings aggregate data on supply chains in more than 100 countries.The data is collected through direct engagement with suppliers and workers and is independently audited and verified.

ELEVATE’s assessment includes an overall score, as well as 38 sub-scores organized under labor, health and safety, environment, business ethics and management systems. The product dataset includes risk assessments on the human rights vulnerabilities of workers and communities involved in the sourcing of a range of products and can be segmented by industry, country and other key categories.

MSCI said the partnerships will improve investors’ ability to address ESG needs through comprehensive datasets and additional insights. The additional data can be used to enhance and diversify their models, portfolios and reporting.

 “The demand for expanded ESG data is clear and ever-growing,” said Eric Moen, head of ESG & climate, at MSCI.. “These exciting partnerships with GeoQuant and ELEVATE demonstrate MSCI’s commitment to rise to that challenge and meet the demands of investors to have the most relevant and robust datasets available today.

Both companies share MSCI’s commitment to a data-backed approach to quantifying risk by measuring concrete actions from companies and countries and using that data to help provide clarity for investors to make more informed investment decisions on ESG integration.”

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