Australian listed companies in the MSCI World Index derive less of their revenue from activities related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) than their peers in the rest of the index, according to MSCI.
The MSCI World Index contains 1,637 companies in developed markets, and 72 Australian companies across 10 industrial sectors are in the index. MSCI ESG Research compared the performances of these companies to the MSCI ESG Sustainable Impact Metrics, a methodology that determines companies’ involvement in sustainable impact activities. The analysis concludes that Australian companies derive 4.9% of their revenue from activities related to the SDGs, compared to the MSCI World Index’s 6.2% as of October 2016.
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