China Fails to Pass ESG Test

Emerging Markets SRI ETFs are underweight China and Russia, but overweight in South Africa, South Korea and Taiwan, relative to the MSCI Emerging Markets Index

Monika Dutt 3 May, 2017 | 3:21PM

Emerging-markets ESG filters help investors to align their asset allocation with their values, but they also create large unintended country bets.

The UBS MSCI Emerging Markets SRI ETF (UC79) and the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets SRI ETF (SUSM) provide exposure to emerging-markets firms that have a limited negative impact on the environment; promote diversity and have good relationships with key stakeholders, including employees; and strong corporate governance systems. They also exclude companies in certain lines of business such as tobacco, alcohol, and gambling.

This means that Emerging Markets SRI ETFs are underweight in their exposure to China and Russia, but overweight in South Africa, South Korea and Taiwan, relative to the MSCI Emerging Markets Index. The largest deviation is in China, which comprises more than a quarter of the MSCI Emerging Markets Index, but only represents 3%-4% of the total weight in each SRI portfolio.

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Securities Mentioned in Article

Security NamePriceChange (%)Morningstar
Rating
iShares MSCI EM SRI ETF USD Acc6.54 USD0.87
UBS ETF MSCI Emerging Mkts SRI USD A dis GBP997.13 GBX0.47

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Monika Dutt  is a Passive Strategies Research Analyst for Morningstar Europe

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