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.
With our research, advisory and investing capabilities, Morgan Stanley is in a unique position to advance sustainability across capital markets.
“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.”
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.
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.
- 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.