Amundi ETF expands its ESG range with two equity exposures

Thursday 07 April 2022

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Paris/London – 7 April 2022 – Amundi, Europe’s largest asset manager, and the leading European ETF provider1, confirms its commitment to provide investors with an increasingly larger suite of ESG products. As such, Amundi transitioned two of its core equity ETFs (on CAC 40 and STOXX Europe 600) into equivalent ESG exposures. This initiative is part of the Societal Project of Crédit Agricole Group and its commitment to the climate.

                                                                                 
Effective 21st March 2022, the Amundi CAC 40 UCITS ETF DR became the Amundi CAC 40 ESG UCITS ETF DR. The ETF tracks the CAC 40 ESG index and allows investors to benefit from exposure to the 40 leading stocks on the French market which demonstrate strong Environmental, Social and Governance practices taken from the CAC Large 60 index, through a strict negative screening and a best-in-class selection approach2. This ETF has a reduced weighted carbon footprint, and its improved “green-to-brown” ratio supports the transition towards more low-carbon investments. With €1.2 billion in assets under management, this is the largest ETF available in the market on this exposure3.

On the same date, the Amundi Stoxx Europe 600 UCITS ETF became the Amundi Stoxx Europe 600 ESG UCITS ETF DR. This ETF tracks the STOXX Europe 600 ESG Broad Market index and allows investors to benefit from an exposure to developed European countries’ stocks by selecting 80% of the stocks with the highest ESG score taken from the STOXX Europe 600 index. Issuers involved in controversial business practices are excluded4.

Both ETFs are now classified under article 8 of the EU’s SFDR regulation5.

                               

Investors are increasingly looking for more options in order to reorient their portfolio towards responsible investments. These changes in our product range reflect our commitment to accelerating the ESG transition.

                                                                                                                  Arnaud Llinas, Head of ETF, Indexing & Smart Beta at Amundi

           

                                                                       

1. Source: Amundi, as at 31/12/2021.
2. Sector exclusions include controversial weapons, civilian firearms, thermal coal mining, coal fueled power generation, Tar sand and oil and tobacco. Further details on the investment policy are available on the index provider website: www.euronext.com
3. Source: Amundi ETF, Indexing & Smart Beta, Bloomberg, as at 28/03/2022.
 Issuers involved in controversial weapons, tobacco, thermal coal or military contracting are excluded. Further details on the investment policy are available on the index provider website: www.stoxx.com.
4. SFDR: “Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation” – 2019/2088/EU. European Union regulation that requires, amongst other things, the classification of financial products according to their ESG intensity. A fund is referred to as “Article 8” if it promotes ESG characteristics in tandem with other financial objectives, or “Article 9” when it has a sustainable investment objective. Any fund that does not comply with the two previous categories is an “Article 6” fund.


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