Evaluating Sustainability ETFs With MSCI

June 12, 2017

I’ve been a big proponent of the rise of environmental, socially responsible and governance (ESG) investing in ETFs. At this year’s Inside ETFs conference, I spent a solid chunk of the keynote talking about how ESG was coming, and how it was going to stick around.

I stand behind that reasoning. The core of the story goes like this: We’re in the middle of a $30 trillion intergenerational wealth transfer from baby boomers to their children. And those kids—not really “millennials” only, but people from 25-40 years old, simply think about their investment decisions differently.

Some of it’s obvious (they love ETFs, they love technology), but they also consistently say they want their money not just to earn something, but to do something.

Honestly, there’s a lot of work for the whole industry to do still in helping this new investor class put their money where their survey responses are. I’m excited today to talk about one small way ETF.com and MSCI can help.


As of right now, when you’re looking for an ETF in our screener, or when you’re simply looking at most ETF fund pages (like, say, SPY), you can now see a selection of MSCI’s ESG ratings data.

First, here’s where you can find the MSCI data on the screener:



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When you click on that tab, you’ll find the core ESG metrics for whatever group of funds you’ve been filtering for:




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Here, you can also rank and sort the results by each MSCI metrics.


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