Morgan Stanley

Sustainability at Morgan Stanley

Morgan Stanley partners with clients and stakeholders to mobilize capital at scale for a sustainable, low-carbon economy. Our businesses strive to deliver environmental, social and governance (ESG) solutions that reduce risk, enhance value and expand the frontiers of sustainable finance. We aim to operate sustainably and to disclose our global progress.

We integrate sustainability across our business activities and operations through three core pillars: Solutions and Services, the Institute for Sustainable Investing and Firmwide Sustainability.

Solutions and Services

Morgan Stanley’s businesses work to drive ESG innovation and progress across global capital markets. Our client solutions and services seek to deliver positive environmental and social impact alongside competitive financial returns.

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Institute for
Sustainable Investing

The Institute aims to accelerate market adoption of sustainable investing strategies and drive strategic ESG initiatives across our firm.

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Morgan Stanley’s commitment to sustainable business includes how we run our firm. We seek to build a diverse, inclusive workforce and a resilient company characterized by strong governance and prudent risk management.

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Recent Sustainability Initiatives

Backing Global Innovators through our Sustainable Solutions Collaborative

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Supporting Affordable Housing and Small Businesses through the Morgan Stanley Social Bonds

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Reaching Net-Zero Financed Emissions

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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.”

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

Morgan Stanley's Sustainability Goals

Mobilizing $1 trillion for Sustainable Finance by 2030: In 2021, we committed to mobilize $1 trillion for sustainable solutions that support the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including $750 billion in low-carbon initiatives. Meeting our 2030 target means increasing business activities in areas including clean-tech and renewable energy financing, green bond underwriting and other transactions.

For more, read our latest Sustainability Report.

Reaching 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—a state in which the amount of carbon produced is offset by the amount removed from the atmosphere—in financed emissions by 2050. To achieve our goal, we'll provide financing, expertise and thought leadership to support the transition to a low-carbon world. In 2021, we launched interim 2030 targets for our lending portfolio’s most carbon-intensive sectors—auto manufacturing, energy and power.

For more, visit our net-zero webpage.

Achieving Carbon Neutrality by 2022: Operational resilience is an important part of our climate strategy. In 2022, we aim to achieve carbon neutrality by powering 100% of our global operational electricity needs from renewable sources and offsetting any remaining emissions. We’re pursuing on-site power generation, power purchase agreements, renewable energy credits and carbon offsets to meet this goal.

For more, read our latest Climate Report.

Helping Avoid 50MM Tons of Plastic Waste by 2030: Managing plastic waste offers an opportunity to make a positive impact on how the world treats natural resources by pursuing a circular economy. We’re helping mobilize capital for this market transition, and engaging employees to eliminate single-use plastics from our own operations.

For more, visit our Plastic Waste Resolution webpage.

Download our latest Sustainability Report