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.

ETF.com 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 in the U.S. markets, ESG ETFs gather total assets under management of $40.37B. The average expense ratio is 0.39%. ESG ETFs can be found in the following asset classes:

  • Equity

The largest ESG ETF is the Vanguard FTSE Europe ETF VGK with $15.38B in assets. In the last trailing year, the best performing ESG ETF was the NULG at 36.34%. The most-recent ETF launched in the ESG space was the Xtrackers MSCI ACWI ex U.S.A. ESG Leaders Equity ETF ACSG in 12/06/18.

Top ETF Performers

JXI iShares Global Utilities ETF 7.83%
NULG Nuveen ESG Large-Cap Growth ETF 7.02%
TBLU Tortoise Global Water ESG Fund 5.87%
FAN First Trust Global Wind Energy ETF 5.75%
PHO Invesco Water Resources ETF 5.09%

Bottom ETF Performers

EIRL iShares MSCI Ireland ETF -3.28%
ZGBR SPDR Solactive United Kingdom ETF -2.78%
EWU iShares MSCI United Kingdom ETF -2.72%
FLGB Franklin FTSE United Kingdom ETF -2.51%
EWO iShares MSCI Austria ETF -2.20%

Top Creations

VGK Vanguard FTSE Europe ETF 520.90
ESGD iShares ESG MSCI EAFE ETF 144.98
IEUR iShares Core MSCI Europe ETF 134.20
EWU iShares MSCI United Kingdom ETF 94.17
IQLT iShares Edge MSCI Intl Quality Factor ETF 58.48

Top Redemptions

DBEU Xtrackers MSCI Europe Hedged Equity ETF -226.62
EWL iShares MSCI Switzerland ETF -92.42
JXI iShares Global Utilities ETF -18.35
SUSA iShares MSCI USA ESG Select ETF -6.97
EWN iShares MSCI Netherlands ETF -6.79

AUM Winners

FLGB Franklin FTSE United Kingdom ETF 156.68%
FLEE Franklin FTSE Europe ETF 36.09%
NULG Nuveen ESG Large-Cap Growth ETF 33.07%
YLCO Global X YieldCo & Renewable Energy Income ETF 31.31%
FAN First Trust Global Wind Energy ETF 19.51%

AUM Losers

DBEU Xtrackers MSCI Europe Hedged Equity ETF -17.10%
PGAL Global X MSCI Portugal ETF -15.95%
ENZL iShares MSCI New Zealand ETF -11.61%
EIRL iShares MSCI Ireland ETF -6.33%
EWL iShares MSCI Switzerland ETF -3.03%

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Join Cinthia Murphy and Lara Crigger of ETF.com in an exciting, interactive webinar covering the hot topics in ESG.

February 18, 2020

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