MSCI | ESG investing in emerging markets


MSCI’s latest research, “ESG investing in emerging markets” was published Feb 11 on To read more blogs from MSCI, visit our Research & insights page.     

Talking points:

  • Recent studies by MSCI ESG Research LLC have shown historical positive links between ESG considerations and corporate financial performance.
  • Because investors might still question whether ESG historically added value in emerging markets, where companies’ consideration of ESG risks is a more recent phenomenon we compared the performance of four ESG indexes to their MSCI emerging-market parent.
  • We found historical outperformance for the four broad-based integration ESG indexes and that a significant component of this outperformance can be explained by the index being overweight or underweight certain stocks based on ESG criteria.
  • We also found that higher-rated emerging-market companies had higher profitability, lower idiosyncratic risk and a premium on their valuation over the study period of June 2013 until July 2019.
  • Overall, we found that despite emerging-market companies tending to have lower MSCI ESG Ratings than global peers on average, ESG characteristics measured by MSCI ESG Ratings had contributed to performance overall.

Associated Marketing Collateral: MSCI Emerging Markets ESG Leaders Index


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