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BetaShares Global Sustainability Leaders ETF

Fund Manager: Betashares
Inception Date: Jan 09, 2017

When we first wrote about ethical ETFs, the options available to investors were fairly limited, with a range of ETFs that had screeners excluding tobacco and weapons manufacturers the only options available. Perfect if weapons and big tobacco are where your ethical boundaries lie, but not much good for those wanting to invest ethically in Australian markets, where no weapons or tobacco producers even exist within the broader S&P ASX 200 index. Betashares changed the game early last year with ... [More]

Ethical investing comes of age

AFR - May 20, 2017

Green is the new black in investing as billions of dollars pour into ethical funds and a rush of financial products with environment and social themes targets mainstream investors. Ethical fund assets grew 62 per cent in 2015 to $52 billion, shows the latest Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA) Benchmark Report. The sector has doubled in two years as responsible investing redefines the investment landscape. "There's been a massive awakening in ethical investing," says RIAA CEO Simon O'Connor. "Investors have realised they can invest in a way that helps rather than harms the planet, without sacrificing returns. We are rapidly heading towards a 'tipping point'."   [More]

One of the biggest investment themes in the US in recent times has been “impact investing”. In Australia it is clear investors are also looking to ‘‘do some good with money’’. But one of the first issues encountered in this area is scepticism: what does impact investing mean exactly? Put simply, impact investing is an investment approach that intentionally seeks to create both financial return and positive social or environmental impact that is actively measured. For advisers working with Australian clients, opportunities in this area might include the ability to co-invest with the Australian Clean Energy Finance Corporation or the opportunity to invest in a Social Impact Bond. [More]

The most recent ETF to be launched and the first of 2017 is a new globally focused fund offered by Betashares, the Global Sustainability Leaders ETF (ETHI) has a focus on companies which are ‘climate change leaders’ and are not ‘engaged in activities deemed inconsistent with responsible investment considerations’. In other words it is has an ethical and environmental sustainability focus. We had a look at Ethical ETFs a few months back. Until now there were 7 ETFs ... [More]

There's a small but growing number of "ethical" exchange traded funds (ETFs) listed on the Australian sharemarket that invest in a basket of shares that replicate an ethical index. They go by a variety of names – ethical, responsible investment and sustainable leaders. [More]

Investors on the hunt for sustainable options

Money Management - Jan 17, 2017

The BetaShares Global Sustainability Leaders ETF is opening access to a portfolio of sustainable companies to target a growing number of investors who are increasingly looking for ethical investment options.  BetaShares managing director, Alex Vynokur, said that investors were keen for their money to make a positive impact.  "[This] is a simple, cost-effective and transparent option that allows Australians to invest in line with their ethical beliefs," he said.  "Australians are increasingly using ethical investment options as they realise the impact their money can have on promoting positive environmental and social outcomes."  [More]

Specialist exchange traded fund (ETF) provider, BetaShares, has launched an ETF that gives investors access to a portfolio of the world's leading sustainable and ethical companies in one investment. The Global Sustainability Leaders ETF invests in approximately 100 large global stocks from developed market countries (excluding Australia) that are climate change leaders. [More]

Update 7/02/2018 - We've updated this post with Betashares new Australian Sustainability Leaders ETF (FAIR) which was recently launched. Update 8/03/2017 - We've updated this post with Betashares new Global Sustainability Leaders ETF (ETHI) which was recently launched. You may have read Fairfax Media’s somewhat sensational article on the weekend about Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull being invested in big Tobacco companies, even after publicly declaring Tobacco as the sin ... [More]

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