In response to growing interest, MSCI ESG Research has announced it will make its MSCI ESG Ratings publicly available to help stakeholders identify the "most financially relevant ESG risks and opportunities".
From today (25 November), the MSCI ESG ratings of over 2,800 companies in the MSCI ACWI index will be accessible on the MSCI website.
The move is part of MSCI ESG Research's mission to help "investors, companies and other industry stakeholders identify the most financially relevant ESG risks and opportunities".
The companies are rated on a "AAA to CCC" scale, according to their exposure to ESG risks and how well those risks are managed relative to peers.
The ratings are constructed using 1,000 data points from both company disclosures and alternative data sets across 37 "key" ESG issues, which are reviewed on a weekly basis.
Alongside a 200+ strong team, artificial intelligence and machine learning are utilised to deliver the results.
The tool will allow users to view each company's ESG rating and rating history, benchmark against peers, and key-ESG related issues affecting individual companies.
Also being introduced is a batch reporting service, which is designed to allow regular reporting to become "more comprehensive and frequent".
Remy Briand, head of ESG at MSCI, said: "ESG is increasingly being viewed by global investors as a critical factor for building better portfolios.
"The decision to make the MSCI ESG Ratings publicly available is part of a campaign to drive greater transparency in ESG and follows the launch of the MSCI ESG Fund Ratings in July.
"We want to encourage open discussion among investors and companies on how to improve sustainability across the board and hope that making the MSCI ESG Ratings available to all will facilitate these discussions."