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BlackRock has expanded its suite of sustainable ETFs with the introduction of the iShares MSCI EAFE ESG Select ETF (ESGD) and iShares MSCI EM ESG Select ETF (ESGE).

ESGD seeks to track the investment results of the MSCI EAFE ESG Select Index, providing access to large-and-mid-cap stocks in Europe, Asia and Australia that demonstrate positive environmental, social and governance (ESG) characteristics.
 
ESGE seeks to track the investment results of the MSCI EM ESG Select Index which includes large-and-mid-cap emerging market stocks that demonstrate the same positive ESG characteristics.
 
The iShares ESG ETFs seek to provide optimised exposure that targets risk and returns similar to a broad market index while aligning environmental, social and governance objectives – like low emissions, privacy/data security and ethical business practice.
 
MSCI ESG data covers over 8,000 issuers across more than 300,000 individual securities.
 
Deborah Winshel, managing director and global head of BlackRock Impact, says: “Clients have repeatedly asked us for solutions to optimise their portfolios for ESG considerations. With the launch of ESGD and ESGE, we introduce new tools that bring sustainable investing into the center of portfolio construction. The ability to optimise core holdings for ESG outcomes will enable more investors to incorporate their social values into their investment portfolios.”
 
With the launch of ESGD and ESGE, BlackRock’s suite of sustainable ETFs comprises seven funds, the largest range in the industry representing USD1.2bn in assets.
 
Martin Small, managing director and head of US iShares at BlackRock, says: “The launch of ESGD and ESGE further strengthens our suite of sustainable exchange traded funds, broadening the geographic possibilities for investors seeking to access equities through an ESG lens. We are seeing growing demand from investors who are looking to focus on positive ESG factors while seeking global equity market returns.”
 
Jana Haines, managing director and head of Americas Index Products for MSCI, says: “MSCI has been at the forefront of integrating ESG data into benchmarks. Our ESG research expertise supports the creation of an expanding family of ESG benchmarks. These benchmarks can provide insight for those institutional investors who believe ESG data can enhance investment decisions and for those who want to align their portfolios with their long term values. We are pleased to work with BlackRock to expand their range of iShares ESG ETFs.”

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