The sustainable investing practices employed by the new group of ETFs launched in September are increasingly broader and more varied, expanding beyond the integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices, with some funds appending climate-oriented objectives and aligning themselves with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (refer “Sustainable Investing Approach” in Table 1).
There were 16 sustainable ETFs launched in September, bringing to 174 the number that are classified as sustainable investment options. The number of new launches in September exceeded the next highest number of new ETF launches recorded in July by almost a 3 to 1 ratio. The average expense ratio is lower than that for equivalent seasoned ETFs.
Table 1: Listing of Sustainable ETFs/ETNs launched in September 2021
|Fund Name||Mgmt. Type||TNA (M$)||ER (bps)||Sustainable Investing Approach^|
|ETRACS 2x Leveraged MSCI USA ESG Focus TR Index ETN due September 15, 2061 UBS AG||Passively managed||23.4||95||ESG integration combined with certain exclusions that apply, such as tobacco, controversial weapons, fossil fuel extraction and thermal coal companies.|
|FlexShares® ESG & Climate High Yield Corporate Core Index Fund Investment Adviser and Portfolio Managers. Northern Trust Investments, Inc||Passively managed||49.9||23||ESG and climate-related considerations determined on the basis of (1) financially material ESG issues, (2) how a company is managing its ESG risks relative to peers, (3) corporate governance considerations and (4) an assessment of a company’s ability to mitigate the risk of transition to a lower carbon economy. In addition, certain companies are excluded from consideration, for example tobacco and weapons, to mention just a few.|
|FlexShares® ESG & Climate US Large Cap Core Index Fund||Passively managed||2.5||9||Same as above.|
|FlexShares® ESG & Climate Developed Markets ex-US Core Index Fund||Passively managed||5||12||Same as above.|
|FlexShares® ESG & Climate Investment Grade Corporate Core Index Fund||Actively managed||49.2||12||Same as above.|
|Global X Solar ETF Global X Management Company LLC.||Passively managed||2.3||50||Thematic investing combined with an exclusionary approach pursuant to which any existing or potential constituent is excluded if it does not meet the labor, human rights, environmental, and anti-corruption standards as defined by the United Nations Global Compact Principles.|
|Global X Wind Energy ETF Global X Management Company LLC.||Passively managed||2.5||50||Same as above.|
|Hartford Sustainable Income ETF Hartford Funds Management Company, LLC./Wellington Management.||Actively managed||12.4||54||Seeks to invest in companies that demonstrate a commitment to sustainable practices. These issuers include: (1) issuers that can have a positive social and/or environmental impact; (2) issuers that are leaders or demonstrating improvement in environmental, social and/or governance characteristics, and/or (3) issuers that the manager engages with on ESG characteristics in order to improve ESG disclosure and best practices. A corporate issuer’s carbon exposure is also evaluated.|
|Janus Henderson Sustainable & Impact Core Bond ETF Janus Capital Management LLC||Actively managed||49.6||39||Same as above.|
|Janus Henderson Net Zero Transition Resources ETF||Actively managed||47.7||60||Same as above.|
|Janus Henderson International Sustainable Equity ETF||Actively managed||46.7||60||Same as above.|
|Janus Henderson U.S. Sustainable Equity ETF||Actively managed||47.8||55||Same as above.|
|Nuveen ESG Dividend ETF Nuveen Fund Advisors, LLC/ Teachers Advisors, LLC||Passively managed||4.9||25||ESG integration combined with certain exclusions, including alcohol production, tobacco production, nuclear power, gambling, and weapons and firearm production. Also excluded are companies that exceed certain carbon-based ownership and emissions thresholds.|
|ProShares S&P Kensho Cleantech ETF ProShare Advisors||Passively managed||4.1||58||Thematic investing.|
|VanEck HIP Sustainable Muni ETF Van Eck Associates Corp.||Actively managed||12.4||24||Four-fold qualification approach that ranking issuers that support or advance sustainable development as well as promote positive social and environmental outcomes based on their alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 9, 11 and 12, ESG considerations and response to climate threat and resilience. Issuers must support at least one qualified opportunity zone within their region.|
Notes of Explanation: ^ This is an abbreviated description of the fund’s sustainable investing approach. For additional information, refer to the fund’s prospectus. Investment manager name is only listed once. ER=Expense ratio. TNA Source: Morningstar Direct, otherwise, fund documents and information compiled by Sustainable Research and Analysis.
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