VanEck sustainable ETFs added to AustralianSuper platform
Sydney, 31 March 2021 – Australia’s biggest superannuation fund AustralianSuper has added two sustainable ETFs from VanEck to its Member Direct platform, along with one of its flagship ETFs, allowing 2.2 million super members to invest in its true-to-label sustainable products.
Arian Neiron, VanEck's CEO & Managing Director - Asia Pacific, said: “We are proud to announce that Australia’s biggest super fund has approved three new VanEck ETFs: the VanEck Vectors MSCI International Sustainable Equity ETF (ESGI), VanEck Vectors MSCI Australian Sustainable Equity ETF (GRNV) and VanEck Vectors MSCI World ex Australia Quality ETF (QUAL).
“Both superannuation and retail investors want to invest in products which have a positive impact and are socially responsible. Both ESGI and GRNV leverage MSCI’s leading Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) research capabilities to ensure only the inclusion of high ESG performers. ESGI screens for fossil fuels and socially responsible investments (SRI), combined with ESG leadership and low carbon impact. GRNV is a true-to-label Australian sustainable equity ETF encompassing both values-based and ESG investing.
“Both products have enjoyed robust inflows as investors globally move towards value-based investing. Climate change, various social awakenings driving systemic changes and the COVID-19 pandemic have focused investors’ minds on ESG factors and more companies are being challenged for substandard behaviour and poor management of ESG factors, which ESGI and GRNV avoid,” Neiron said.
“VanEck’s unique relationship with MSCI, the world’s largest provider of ESG indices across both equities and fixed income, allows us to offer these low-cost and high performing sustainable investments to Australian investors,” said Neiron.
Reflecting that, both ESGI and GRNV are certified as 'Responsible Investments' by the Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA) according to the strict standards under the Responsible Investment Certification Program.
These three ETFs join VanEck Vectors Australian Equal Weight ETF (MVW) and VanEck Vectors FTSE Global Infrastructure (Hedged) ETF (IFRA) on AustralianSuper’s Member Direct platform.
VanEck is one of the world’s largest issuers of ETFs (Exchange Traded Funds), managing in excess of $50 billion globally for individual and institutional investors. Founded in New York in 1955, VanEck is a pioneer in international investing and in gold funds, launching the first gold equities fund and the first gold ETF in the US.
In Australia, VanEck is one of the fastest growing ETF providers in the country and a leader in ‘smart beta’ investment strategies. We have 28 ETFs on ASX that focus on delivering superior performance through beyond-the-usual approaches and providing access to asset classes typically unavailable to Australian investors.
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VanEck Vectors MSCI International Sustainable Equity ETF (ESGI),VanEck Vectors MSCI Australian Sustainable Equity ETF (GRNV), and VanEck Vectors MSCI World ex Australia Quality ETF (QUAL) are issued by VanEck Investments Limited ACN 146 596 116 AFSL 416755 (‘VanEck’). This is general advice only, not personal financial advice. It does not take into account any person’s individual objectives, financial situation or needs. Read the PDS and speak with a financial adviser to determine if a fund is appropriate for your circumstances. The PDS is available here. An investment in ESGI or QUAL carries risks associated with: financial markets generally, individual company management, industry sectors, ASX trading time differences, foreign currency, country or sector concentration, political, regulatory and tax risks, fund operations and tracking an index. An investment in GRNV carries risks associated with: financial markets generally, individual company management, industry sectors, fund operations and tracking an index. See the PDS’s for details. No member of the VanEck group of companies guarantees the repayment of capital, the payment of income, performance, or any particular rate of return from any fund.