Amundi has expanded its ESG ETF range with the listing of two additional Emerging Market ESG ETF building blocks on the London Stock Exchange. Both ETFs have been developed and launched in collaboration with the global asset manager AllianceBernstein.
The Amundi MSCI Emerging ex-China ESG Leaders Select UCITS ETF DR and the Amundi MSCI China ESG Leaders Select UCITS ETF DR provide exposure to broad Emerging Markets ex-China and Chinese equities, respectively.
The firm writes that in line with investor demand, these new ETFs incorporate ESG criteria and are classified as Article 8 under SFDR regulation. They both:
• Apply exclusion filters on companies involved in controversial activities including tobacco, weapons and thermal coal;
• Implement a best-in-class approach by selecting the top 50 per cent of companies in each sector by ESG score
With a competitive OGC of 0.35 per cent, these complementary ETFs represent an important extension to the Amundi range of ESG ETFs, offering investors cost-effective and sustainable exposure to broad emerging markets and China.
Amundi has a long history of working with clients to develop solutions to meet their needs. For AllianceBernstein, ESG is integrated in over USD456 billion of assets managed. Partnering with Amundi to add core emerging market equity ESG exposures was an important step in responding to the growing demand for more sustainable investment solutions.
David Hutchins, Portfolio Manager of Multi Asset Solutions at AllianceBernstein, says: “Integrating consistent ESG considerations into all of our investments within our multi-asset portfolios, including our target date funds widely used by UK DC plans, is fundamentally important to the way we and our clients think. In addition, we no longer think that China should be considered as an emerging market and a more sophisticated approach is needed to the world’s second largest economy which increasingly shares little in common with the emerging markets it is often bucketed with. We are proud to be partnering with Amundi for this venture and look forward to working with the team there.”
Gaëtan Delculée, Global Head of ETF, Indexing & Smart Beta Sales, Amundi, says: “We are delighted with our partnership with AllianceBernstein, which illustrates our commitment to providing ongoing dialogue with clients and responding to their individual needs. As a dedicated partner and responsible investing leader, we believe it is incumbent upon us to guide and support our clients throughout their ESG journey.”