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NatureAlpha announces collaboration with MSCI

NatureAlpha is pioneering the use of biodiversity and nature data to provide solutions for investors.


As part of this we're excited to announce our collaboration with MSCI, a leading provider of critical decision support tools and services for the global investment community, to drive the provision of solutions for investors seeking to track the biodiversity and nature risks, footprints and dependencies of their investments.


Through the collaboration, MSCI will distribute NatureAlpha’s biodiversity data and analytical tools to the global investment community.

The data will cover the full list of constituents of the MSCI ACWI Index, augmenting the existing MSCI offering and helping clients to:


· Better identify their exposure to higher-impact companies, industries and operations from a nature and biodiversity risk perspective, resulting in more responsible portfolio management and investment decision-making;

· Participate in more meaningful engagement with portfolio companies and stakeholders, helping to better align companies’ activity to global nature and biodiversity frameworks and targets;

· Provide enhanced comprehensive reporting in response to growing regulatory pressures, including the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR) reporting and in alignment with the evolution of the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD).


NatureAlpha and MSCI have also agreed to work together on research projects and explore the potential development of additional methodologies and tools, such as a Biodiversity Footprint metric based on advanced lifecycle analysis methodologies to help investors measure the absolute or relative impact of their investments.


Dr. Vian Sharif, Founder of NatureAlpha, continued: “Our collaboration with MSCI comes at a crucial moment for biodiversity and nature with investors driving demand for data which asset managers can integrate into workflows. With over half of the world’s GDP dependent on nature², financial exposure to risks from nature loss is significant and accountability is greater than ever. We are proud to work with such an established and credible collaborator and look forward to enhancing our methodologies to provide biodiversity impact and nature risk solutions for the corporate universe at scale.”


Arne Klug, Vice President and Biodiversity Research Director at MSCI ESG Research, said: "The investment community is becoming increasingly aware of how nature loss is a major threat to the global economy. Global biodiversity challenges have tangible impacts on the ways in which companies across industries function now and in the future. Therefore, investor demand for advanced data and tools to address biodiversity risks and impact is growing. MSCI’s collaboration with NatureAlpha will help our clients better identify and assess impacts and risks from nature loss in their portfolios.”


NatureAlpha’s platform provides advanced biodiversity data and analytical tools which utilise curated datasets from the world’s most authoritative scientific, regulatory, corporate and governmental sources including internationally agreed goals as detailed in the Convention for Biological Diversity and the International Union for Conservation of Nature, and in line with the TNFD developing framework¹. It also includes year-on-year intelligence on nature and biodiversity status and historical losses, including satellite-generated insights via a user interface for specific geospatial analysis.


Last month, NatureAlpha’s Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool was added to the platform, providing asset owners and asset managers with access to synthesized global biodiversity information comprising data from the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species, the World Database on Protected Areas and the World Database of Key Biodiversity Areas.


As countries, governments, companies and individuals seek solutions to reverse the decline of biodiversity, NatureAlpha and MSCI’s combined expertise aims to support investors’ seeking to provide credible disclosure, backed by robust data, contributing meaningfully to the restoration of biodiversity and nature internationally.

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