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Moody’s Switches Clients to MSCI’s ESG Ratings

Ratings provider Moody’s has announced a partnership which will give clients access to the ESG ratings and sustainability data of index and analytics provider MSCI. According to a statement, Moody’s will migrate its existing ESG data and scores to MSCI’s sustainability content through “a range of solutions” serving Moody’s customers in the banking, insurance and corporate sectors. As part of the new arrangement, MSCI will gain access to Moody’s Orbis database, which contains information on more than 500 million entities. The two firms will also explore solutions that leverage Moody’s private company data and credit scoring models to provide greater insight into the private credit market. “This is a real win-win, as Moody’s customers gain access to MSCI’s renowned ESG content and MSCI customers will gain access to Moody’s world-class risk assessment expertise, data and insights,” said Rob Fauber, President & CEO of Moody’s. According to separate reports, the deal was preceded by redundancies at Moody’s ESG Solutions business, which was formed largely from Vigeo Eiris, acquired in 2019. ESG ratings and data providers are subject to increasing levels of regulation, including new rules in Europe which require increased comparability and transparency and seek to eliminate conflicts of interest. Moody’s will continue to provide information on the material impacts of ESG factors on its credit ratings through proprietary scores, and will offer sustainable finance offerings including second party opinions and net zero assessments.

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