Socially Responsible ETF Overview

Socially responsible ETFs invest in the equity of companies that consider financial returns as well as social good. The term 'socially responsible' is used broadly to cover principles such as company ethics, environmental friendliness and human rights.

With 120 ETFs traded in the U.S. markets, Socially Responsible ETFs gather total assets under management of $58.60B. The average expense ratio is 0.38%. Socially Responsible ETFs can be found in the following asset classes:

  • Fixed Income
  • Equity
  • Commodities
  • Asset Allocation

The largest Socially Responsible ETF is the iShares ESG Aware MSCI USA ETF ESGU with $11.92B in assets. In the last trailing year, the best performing Socially Responsible ETF was the TAN at 171.98%. The most-recent ETF launched in the Socially Responsible space was the SPDR Bloomberg SASB Corporate Bond ESG Select ETF RBND in 11/09/20.

Top ETF Performers

PBW Invesco WilderHill Clean Energy ETF 19.25%
QCLN First Trust NASDAQ Clean Edge Green Energy Index Fund 15.86%
KGRN KraneShares MSCI China Environment Index ETF 13.27%
ISMD Inspire Small/Mid Cap Impact ETF 13.22%
FRDM Freedom 100 Emerging Market ETF 12.85%

Bottom ETF Performers

VETS Pacer Military Times Best Employers ETF -0.32%
DEMZ DEMZ Political Contributions ETF --
CTEC Global X CleanTech ETF --
RBND SPDR Bloomberg SASB Corporate Bond ESG Select ETF --
EMNT PIMCO Enhanced Short Maturity Active ESG ETF 0.09%

Top Creations

ESGU iShares ESG Aware MSCI USA ETF 1.96K
ESGE iShares ESG Aware MSCI EM ETF 924.53
XSOE WisdomTree Emerging Markets ex-State-Owned Enterprises Fund 433.17
ICLN iShares Global Clean Energy ETF 348.68
QCLN First Trust NASDAQ Clean Edge Green Energy Index Fund 176.69

Top Redemptions

ESML iShares ESG Aware MSCI USA Small-Cap ETF -27.05
RISN Inspire Tactical Balanced ESG ETF -20.04
IQSI IQ Candriam ESG International Equity ETF -4.72
RESE WisdomTree Emerging Markets ESG Fund -3.22
BLES Inspire Global Hope ETF -2.74

AUM Winners

CTEC Global X CleanTech ETF 1,118.67%
KGRN KraneShares MSCI China Environment Index ETF 189.40%
NACP Impact Shares NAACP Minority Empowerment ETF 85.00%
KESG KraneShares MSCI China ESG Leaders Index ETF 62.70%
KRBN KFA Global Carbon ETF 59.40%

AUM Losers

EMNT PIMCO Enhanced Short Maturity Active ESG ETF -0.01%
GUDB Sage ESG Intermediate Credit ETF 0.38%
RISN Inspire Tactical Balanced ESG ETF 1.04%
ESCR Xtrackers Bloomberg Barclays US Investment Grade Corporate ESG ETF 1.36%
VCEB Vanguard ESG U.S. Corporate Bond ETF 1.42%

Podcasts

ETF Prime Podcast: The Case For Int’l ETFs

Plus, the pros and cons of China exposure in emerging market ETFs.

Daily ETF Watch

Alt Energy ETF Debuts With Active Approach

Guinness Atkinson adds a sustainable energy ETF to its lineup.

Podcasts

ETF Prime Podcast: Behind The ETF Curtain

Prospects for a bitcoin ETF, and dissecting ESG and nontransparent ETFs.

ETF.com Analysis

ESG ETFs Of All Shapes & Sizes

The environmental, social and governance space is growing and expected to get bigger with a Biden administration.

Daily ETF Watch

State Street Adds ESG Bond ETF

New fund joins a growing part of the ESG space. 

Features and News

Stock & Bond ETFs Surge After Election

Markets react to the tight race.

 

Podcasts

ETF Prime Podcast: What's Fueling Volatility

The key basics of the Cboe Volatility Index and volatility-related exchange-traded products.

ETF Report

ETF Explainer: QCLN

A look at a high-flying clean energy fund.

Daily ETF Watch

New ETFs Tackle Tech Disruption

Global X, known for thematic ETFs, adds new twist to this popular growth story.