Morgan Stanley

Sustainable Solutions and Services

Morgan Stanley strives to be a leader in ESG innovation. We leverage our research, advisory and investing capabilities to deliver financial solutions and services that aim to meet client demand for both competitive financial returns and positive environmental and social outcomes. 

Over the past decade, GSF has worked to incubate innovative solutions to drive ESG integration.
Matthew Slovik Head of Global Sustainable Finance, Morgan Stanley

Integrating ESG, Delivering Innovative Financial Solutions and Advisory Services

Our goal is to be the financial services partner of choice for clients seeking to create sustainable, long-term value. Since 2009, the Global Sustainable Finance (GSF) Group has partnered with our three businesses—Institutional Securities, Wealth Management and Investment Management—on a fast-growing array of sustainable solutions.

“Over the past decade, the Global Sustainable Finance team has worked to incubate innovative solutions to drive ESG integration,” Slovik says.

Institutional Securities

We use the scale and speed of capital markets to generate positive environmental and social benefits for innovative companies.

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Wealth Management

We connect individuals, families and institutions seeking to make a positive difference with their capital to ESG investment strategies through our Investing with Impact platform.

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Investment Management

We pursue ESG-informed investment decision-making across asset classes to support the interests of our clients and their portfolios.

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Institutional Securities

Morgan Stanley has been a leader on green and sustainability bonds since 2013. As sustainable finance becomes increasingly mainstream, our commercial teams continue to expand their frontiers into new products, services and markets.

2021 Highlights

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Wealth Management

Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2022, the Wealth Management Investing with Impact Platform offers a range of investment products, portfolio solutions, tools and analysis for clients who seek to generate both market-rate financial returns and measurable, positive environmental and social impact. Our accessible and customizable Investing with Impact strategies and solutions span across asset classes and focus on multiple sustainability objectives including climate action, advancing diversity, equity and inclusion and faith-based investing.

Our Client-Centered Approach to Investing with Impact

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The Investing with Impact Platform

We follow the three I’s of “Impact”—Intentionality, Influence and Inclusion—which represent the range of customizable approaches that our clients can pursue across asset classes to maximize positive impact. With $70 billion in client assets as of 2021, the Investing with Impact Platform offers our clients strategies and solutions including 215+ investment products (across mutual funds, exchange-traded funds, and separately managed accounts), 15 Impact Portfolio Solutions, custom portfolios, fixed income and Alternative impact investments (for qualified investors). To assess products and solutions for the Investing with Impact Platform, we leverage a consistent process, which includes quantitative manager scoring tools: Impact Signal and DEI Signal.

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Morgan Stanley IQ

Morgan Stanley Impact Quotient® is a patented, award-winning impact reporting and analysis application that enables our clients, with their Financial Advisor or Institutional Consultant, to define their unique social and environmental impact objectives, assess the alignment of their current portfolio holdings against them, and make informed investment decisions to better align over time.

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Investing with Impact through 2021

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Investment Management

Morgan Stanley Investment Management (MSIM) seeks to build better outcomes with ESG-informed investment decision-making that supports the interests of our clients and their portfolios. We believe ESG factors drive new investment opportunities, support long-term returns and mitigate risk. In March 2021, MSIM acquired Eaton Vance, including subsidiary Calvert Research and Management, a longtime leader among U.S. responsible investment management companies, and subsidiary Parametric, a leading provider of customized, ESG and tax-managed solutions. As a combined organization, the strength of our commitment to ESG can be seen in our actions, industry partnerships and people. We aim to leverage our influence as an investor to drive better investment performance alongside improved corporate sustainability practices and outcomes.

Our Approach to Sustainable Investing

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Our commitment to sustainability and ESG integration is reflected in our Sustainable Investing Policy.1 Within this framework, our investment teams take the lead in managing client assets and may assess ESG-related risks and opportunities. Portfolio managers receive support from our Sustainability team, the Investment Management Sustainability Council and the Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing. Council members are cross-functional business and investment leaders who oversee sustainable investment strategies, culture and client engagement across the business.

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As active managers and long-term investors, we embrace the duty and opportunity to act as stewards of the capital we manage. Our investment teams engage directly and often with portfolio companies on sustainability topics and exercise our proxy voting and other shareholder rights to guide firms toward better ESG practices.

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Investing teams for MSIM-branded products generally aspire to integrate materially relevant sustainability risks and opportunities into their decision making. This includes due diligence and research, valuation, asset selection, portfolio construction and ongoing investment monitoring. Client options range from regular funds that may integrate ESG factors or exclusionary screens to Sustainable Funds that seek to achieve measurable positive environmental and/or social objectives alongside market-rate financial return.

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Community Development Finance

Morgan Stanley helps deliver lasting positive changes in communities across the United States. Our program’s track record in meeting community needs has consistently earned Morgan Stanley’s U.S. banks “Outstanding” ratings from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. Our Community Development Finance (CDF) Group works with community and nonprofit partners to deliver programs that meet pressing needs. Focus areas include sustainable and affordable multifamily rental housing, healthy communities, equitable transit-oriented development, economic development that supports quality jobs, capital for underserved small and rural markets and nonprofit's capacity building. The $1 billion Morgan Stanley Social Bond accelerates this work by directing capital into affordable housing developments.

2010-2021 Community Development Achievements

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