Alternative Investments/ESG: Vanguard Unveils ESG Corporate Bond ETFs In Europe
The two ETFs offer exposure to euro and US dollar-denominated bonds.
Vanguard, the fund manager with assets of over $8 trillion under management, has launched two ESG-tilted, corporate bond ETFs denominated in EUR and USD respectively, for European investors. The funds are listed on the London Stock Exchange, Deutsche Boerse, Borsa Italiana, SIX Swiss and Euronext Amsterdam bourses. (ETF Stream)
The Vanguard ESG EUR Corporate Bond UCITS ETF and the Vanguard ESG USD Corporate Bond UCITS ETF
The new ETFs offer ESG-minded investors exposure to euro and US dollar-denominated corporate bonds, and track the respective Bloomberg MSCI Corporate Float-Adjusted Liquid Bond Screened index.
The ETFs feature ongoing charges figures (OCFs) of 0.11% for unhedged share classes and 0.16% for hedged share classes.
The ETFs will not invest in companies engaged in non-renewable energy including nuclear power and fossil fuels, vice products including adult entertainment, gambling, alcohol and tobacco products and controversial weapons. Issuers that do not meet the standards of the United Nations Global Compact Principles would also be excluded.
Fong Yee Chan, head of ESG strategy, UK and Europe, at Vanguard, said: “We take a straightforward approach to ESG that enables investors to create portfolios that incorporate their ESG preferences and gives them the best chance for investment success.”
“Today’s launches provide additional building blocks for investors seeking to construct broadly diversified, balanced portfolios, at a low cost, in a way that aligns with their preferences,” he added.
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