Global Industry Classification Standard
The Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS) is an industry taxonomy developed in 1999 by MSCI and Standard & Poor's (S&P) for use by the global financial community. The GICS structure consists of 10 sectors, 24 industry groups, 67 industries and 156 sub-industries into which S&P has categorized all major public companies. The system is similar to ICB (Industry Classification Benchmark), a classification structure maintained by FTSE Group.
GICS is used as a basis for S&P and MSCI financial market indexes in which each company is assigned to a sub-industry, and to a corresponding industry, industry group and sector, according to the definition of its principal business activity.
|2020||Commercial & Professional Services|
|25||Consumer Discretionary||2510||Automobiles & Components|
|2520||Consumer Durables & Apparel|
|30||Consumer Staples||3010||Food & Staples Retailing|
|3020||Food, Beverage & Tobacco|
|3030||Household & Personal Products|
|35||Health Care||3510||Health Care Equipment & Services|
|3520||Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology & Life Sciences|
|45||Information Technology||4510||Software & Services|
|4520||Technology Hardware & Equipment|
|4530||Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment|
|50||Telecommunication Services||5010||Telecommunication Services|
The classification is continuously updated by S&P Dow Jones Indices and MSCI. In November 2014 they proposed to introduce a new sector for real estate, as well as adding a new sub-industry for copper, to be effective 2016.
- Industry Classification Benchmark
- North American Industry Classification System
- Standard Industrial Classification
- International Standard Industrial Classification
- Thomson Reuters Business Classification
- • http://www.msci.com/resources/factsheets/MSCI_Global_Industry_Classification_Standard.pdf
- "MSCI-Barra GICS Tables". Retrieved 2013-02-10.
- "MSCI-Barra GICS Sector Definitions" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-02-10.