MOAT goes ESG
18 December 2021
The VanEck Morningstar US Wide Moat UCITS ETF began tracking Morningstar US Sustainable Moat Focus Index after the market close on 17 December 2021. The fund was renamed VanEck Morningstar US Sustainable Wide Moat UCITS ETF to reflect the updated investment strategy. As a result of the change, investors in the ETF receive a more sustainable exposure, while maintaining the benefits of the existing investing approach, based on buying relatively attractively priced shares of companies possessing long-term competitive advantages.
VanEck is striving to improve its sustainable footprint by increasingly focusing on products following sustainable investment strategies. VanEck Morningstar US Wide Moat UCITS ETF had not directly incorporated any Sustainability considerations. Conversely, the new underlying index of the ETF will introduce product involvement screens related to controversial weapons, civilian firearms and thermal coal, as well as companies deriving majority of the revenues from Tobacco. It will also screen companies involved in severe controversies during the last three years and those with elevated levels of ESG- and Carbon-related risks, according to Sustainalytics.
What will change in the investment process?
In addition to selection parameters incorporated in the incumbent index to select attractively valued companies with long-term competitive advantages, the Morningstar US Sustainability Moat Focus Index only includes stocks with the following attributes:
- Product Involvement
- No involvement in production of controversial weapons
- No involvement in civilian firearms production
- No involvement in Thermal Coal extraction or power generation
- Not more than 50% of revenue derived from Tobacco Production and Distribution
- Sustainalytics ESG Scores
- ESG Risk rating not High or Severe
- Carbon Risk rating not High or Severe
- Controversy rating of “Severe” not reached at any point in time during the last 3 years
- Momentum Screen
- Not in the worst 20% of yearly performers among eligible securities
Additionally, the index selection targets a Sustainalytics ESG Risk score equivalent to top 32.5% in the respective Morningstar Fund universe by means of iterative selection process that will replace the worst ESG performers until the target score is reached. The rebalancing frequency of the sub-portfolios will change from Semi-Annual to Annual . For further information about the change, please consult the Q&A we published on 24 November 2021. Investors should always consider risks before investing.
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