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iShares launches sustainable ETFs on NYSE Euronext

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iShares has listed two sustainable equity ETFs on the Amsterdam market of NYSE Euronext. The launch of the new products is in response to demand for funds which invest according to environmental, social and governance criteria.

The new launched iShares ETFs are: iShares Dow Jones Global Sustainability Screened; and iShares Dow Jones Europe Sustainability Screened.
 
The ETFs allow investors cost efficient and liquid access to European and Global companies which operate in a sustainable manner. The ETFs aim to track the performance of the Dow Jones Sustainability Europe Index and the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. There is an element of negative screening, choosing to exclude companies with involvement in alcohol, tobacco, gambling, armaments & firearms and adult entertainment.
 
Roel Thijssen, managing director of BlackRock and head of iShares Benelux, says: ‘’I am excited to introduce the first Dutch ETFs based on sustainable criteria. As a market leader we have taken our responsibility to be the first in the market to respond to the increasing demand of sustainable financial products in The Netherlands. I am proud our innovation power gives Dutch investors the opportunity to invest in sustainable companies in Europe and on a global level.’’
 
Pedro Fernandes (pictured), European Head of ETPs at NYSE Euronext, says: “We’re pleased to welcome these ETFs to our Amsterdam market. These ETFs give clients new opportunities to invest in sustainable companies through a leading regulated market offering superior technology, market model and liquidity. With the growing demand for these products the new iShares ETFs are a welcome way to meet the investors’ needs”.

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