Press Releases 2021
SoftBank Corp. (TOKYO: 9434, “SoftBank”) today announced that for the first time it was selected as a constituent for the MSCI Japan ESG Select Leaders Index, a leading environmental, social and governance (ESG) index that has been adopted as a benchmark by Japan's Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF)—the world's largest public pension fund—for passive ESG investing.
The MSCI Japan ESG Select Leaders Index selects companies from Japan's top 700 listed companies by market capitalization based on their ESG performance relative to their respective industries while limiting systematic risks introduced by the ESG selection process. Headquartered in New York, MSCI Inc. is an American financial services company that develops and provides stock market indexes. As of December 2020, the MSCI Japan ESG Select Leaders Index was comprised of 235 Japanese companies.
Based on its concept of “a world where all things, information and minds are connected,” SoftBank is working to realize a sustainable society. SoftBank's thorough promotion of ESG initiatives was highly evaluated by MSCI, resulting in its selection as a constituent for the MSCI Japan ESG Select Leaders Index.
SoftBank has already been chosen for inclusion in the FTSE Blossom Japan Index and S&P/JPX Carbon Efficient Index, which have also been adopted by GPIF as benchmarks for passive ESG investing. With its inclusion in the MSCI Japan ESG Select Leaders Index, SoftBank is now in three ESG indexes adopted by GPIF.
Guided by its corporate philosophy, “Information Revolution — Happiness for everyone,” SoftBank will aim to increase corporate value while promoting sustainable practices and resolving social issues through its corporate activities and business activities that leverage the strengths of its advanced technologies.
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