However, there are some misunderstandings that have impeded the growth of the ESG theme. For example, some of the more prevalent myths or misconceptions include integrating ESG criteria means sacrificing performance, ESG integration means only excluding controversial companies from portfolios, and for the average investor, large-cap equities are the only asset class available for investment. ESG investments are not confined by these myths.
To help investors better access the ESG investment theme, Nuveen’s Nushares has adopted an investment methodology that follows a four fundamental element ESG strategy, including ESG rating or captures an issuer’s performance on key ESG risks relative to peers; controversy score or an issuer’s exposure and response to event-driven controversies; controversial business involvement or issuer’s activity in industries that may cause significant social harm like tobacco; and low carbon criteria or the carbon intensity of an issuer based on involvement in certain industries.
Nushares ESG-focused ETFs
Nushares is also the only ETF sponsor offering ESG-focused ETFs across the domestic equity market by market cap and style, international equity and fixed income markets. The ESG ETF suite includes the NuShares ESG U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF (NYSEArca: NUBD), NuShares ESG Large-Cap Value ETF (BATS: NULV), NuShares ESG Large-Cap Growth ETF (BATS: NULG), NuShares ESG Mid-Cap Value ETF (BATS: NUMV), NuShares ESG Mid-Cap Growth ETF (BATS: NUMG), NuShares ESG Small-Cap ETF (BATS: NUSC), NuShares ESG International Developed Markets Equity ETF (BATS: NUDM) and NuShares ESG Emerging Markets Equity ETF (BATS: NUEM).
“The Nushares suite of ESG ETFs seek to increase ESG Score, decrease carbon footprint, provide return and risk profile of non-ESG parent benchmark over time,” Farris said.
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