ESG ETF Overview

MSCI ESG Research LLC evaluates companies with regard to their risks and opportunities around environmental issues, social and impact investing, and good governance practices. MSCI coverage includes more than 11,800 issuers of equities and bonds, across more than 400,000 individual securities, leveraging their research to create ESG scores and metrics for approximately 24,000 ETFs and mutual funds. is proud to offer MSCI ESG ratings to help our users better understand and measure the sustainability characteristics of the total ETF portfolio, and rank or screen ETFs based on a diverse set of ESG exposure categories.

Currently, these are the highest ESG-rated U.S.-traded ETFs.

With 50 ETFs traded on the U.S. markets, ESG ETFs have total assets under management of $107.67B. The average expense ratio is 0.41%. ESG ETFs can be found in the following asset classes:

  • Fixed Income
  • Equity

The largest ESG ETF is the Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund XLF with $43.01B in assets. In the last trailing year, the best-performing ESG ETF was IAI at 50.23%. The most recent ETF launched in the ESG space was the BNY Mellon Ultra Short Income ETF BKUI on 08/09/21.

Top ETF Performers

SMH VanEck Semiconductor ETF 13.81%
AQWA Global X Clean Water ETF 2.48%
PHO Invesco Water Resources ETF 1.88%
SRVR Pacer Benchmark Data & Infrastructure Real Estate SCTR ETF 1.03%
HEWC iShares Currency Hedged MSCI Canada ETF 0.75%

Bottom ETF Performers

EUFN iShares MSCI Europe Financials ETF -7.65%
EWA iShares MSCI Australia ETF -6.46%
FLAU Franklin FTSE Australia ETF -6.33%
EPP iShares MSCI Pacific ex-Japan ETF -5.72%
EDEN iShares MSCI Denmark ETF -5.59%

Top Creations

XLF Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund 1.45K
SMH VanEck Semiconductor ETF 452.07
FLOT iShares Floating Rate Bond ETF 370.45
FLGB Franklin FTSE United Kingdom ETF 278.31
EWC iShares MSCI Canada ETF 212.04

Top Redemptions

EWU iShares MSCI United Kingdom ETF -433.42
IXG iShares Global Financials ETF -335.30
IBND SPDR Bloomberg International Corporate Bond ETF -14.12
CUT Invesco MSCI Global Timber ETF -5.48
EWA iShares MSCI Australia ETF -4.00

AUM Winners

FPFD Fidelity Preferred Securities & Income ETF 96.25%
GSFP Goldman Sachs Future Planet Equity ETF 45.03%
DMXF iShares ESG Advanced MSCI EAFE ETF 15.26%
BKUI BNY Mellon Ultra Short Income ETF 8.98%
PIO Invesco Global Water ETF 8.68%

AUM Losers

EFNL iShares MSCI Finland ETF -13.06%
EUFN iShares MSCI Europe Financials ETF -9.57%
FLAU Franklin FTSE Australia ETF -7.66%
EWC iShares MSCI Canada ETF -7.54%
EWU iShares MSCI United Kingdom ETF -7.40%

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