ESG Gives Russia the Cold Shoulder, Too

MSCI jumped on the Russia dogpile this week, reducing the country's ESG government rating to the lowest possible level.

An obsolete Russian tank is covered in snow
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The environmental, social and governance (ESG) rating firm MSCI downgraded Russia’s ESG Government rating this week, from B to the lowest rating possible, CCC.

Many ESG fund managers rely on MSCI ratings for portfolio construction and for ETF indexes. Thus, many Russian companies could end up being cycled out of funds that rely on maintaining a minimum ESG ratings bar for inclusion.

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Ellen Kennedy
Personal Finance Editor,

Ellen writes and edits personal finance stories, especially on credit cards and related products. She also covers the nexus between sustainability and personal finance. She was a manager and sustainability analyst at Calvert Investments for 15 years, focusing on climate change and consumer staples. She served on the sustainability councils of several Fortune 500 companies and led corporate engagements. Before joining Calvert, Ellen was a program officer for Winrock International, managing loans to alternative energy projects in Latin America. She earned a master’s from the U.C. Berkeley in international relations and Latin America.