Morgan Stanley

Sustainability at Morgan Stanley

For more than a decade, Morgan Stanley has focused on integrating sustainability into core businesses and support functions. We execute innovative solutions that address complex environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues on behalf of our clients to help drive revenue opportunities, and take a forward-looking approach to sustainability in our operations and disclosure.

Morgan Stanley integrates sustainability into the firm’s activities through three core areas of focus: Solutions and Services, the Institute for Sustainable Investing and Firmwide Sustainability.

Solutions and Services

We offer scalable financial solutions and advisory services that seek to deliver both competitive financial returns and positive environmental and social impact.

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Institute for
Sustainable Investing

The Institute aims to accelerate the adoption of sustainable investing strategies across capital markets and drive strategic ESG initiatives across the firm.

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We aim for strong ESG performance to help reduce risk and enhance value for our stakeholders. Our approach is guided by the firm's core values.

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With our research, advisory and investing capabilities, Morgan Stanley is in a unique position to advance sustainability across capital markets.
James P. Gorman Chairman and CEO, Morgan Stanley

Our Commitment to Sustainability

“At Morgan Stanley, we are focused on integrating ESG initiatives into our firm’s core competencies," says Chairman and Chief Executive Officer James P. Gorman. “With our best-in-class research, advisory and investing capabilities, Morgan Stanley is in a unique position to advance sustainability across capital markets. Our efforts require the wholehearted support of our people. From living our core values to nurturing an inclusive workplace to addressing the key sustainability challenges of our time, our employees make Morgan Stanley what it is today.”

U.N. Sustainable Development Goals

Morgan Stanley supports the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a global blueprint to achieve a more fair and sustainable future. The 17 goals cover all aspects of development, from eradicating poverty and hunger to affordable and clean energy, to good health and a quality education for all. They increasingly inform our approach to sustainability, providing a lens to better understand key societal challenges and to drive solutions. 

Morgan Stanley's Sustainability Goals

Our Plastic Waste Resolution

Morgan Stanley is committed to tackling the plastic waste crisis through the capital markets and by partnering with our clients and employees. By 2030, we aim to help facilitate the prevention, reduction and removal of 50 million metric tons of plastic waste from entering rivers, oceans, landscapes and landfills. This commitment includes eliminating single-use plastics from our global operations.

Learn more about our Plastic Waste Resolution.

Climate-Related Commitments

  • Sustainable Finance Commitment 
  • In 2021, Morgan Stanley announced a commitment to mobilize a total of $1 trillion towards sustainable solutions, including $750 billion in low-carbon solutions, by 2030. The aim is to mobilize capital in support of the UN SDGs. We will achieve this commitment through increased business activity that enables the transition to a low-carbon economy such as clean-tech and renewable energy financing, green bond underwriting and other transactions.

  • Net-Zero Financed Emissions by 2050 
  • In 2020, Morgan Stanley became the first major U. S.-headquartered global financial services firm to commit to achieving net-zero. Morgan Stanley committed to reach net-zero financed emissions by 2050. To achieve our goal, we will provide financing, expertise and thought leadership to support the transition to a low-carbon world. We also joined the steering committee of the Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials (PCAF), to play a leading role in developing the tools and methodologies to measure and disclose our carbon-related activities.

  • Carbon Neutrality 
  • In 2017, we committed to achieving carbon neutrality across our global operations by 2022. Our goal is to power 100% of global operational electricity needs from renewable sources and offset any remaining emissions. To achieve this, we are exploring on-site power generation, securing power purchase agreements, and purchasing renewable energy credits and carbon offsets.

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