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How does gender matter for today’s investing?
Gender Equality ETF, an impactful part of ESG investing
A long-term analysis reveals that gender-diversity within companies may have positive implications for their performance. For example, since 2012, the Solactive Equileap Global Gender Equality 100 Leaders Index, explicitly designed to track the leading companies from a sustainability and gender-diversity point of view, has outperformed MSCI World by 72 basis points per annum.
Moreover, as shown by McKinsey in 2015, companies in the bottom quartile for both gender and ethnic or cultural diversity were almost 30% less likely to achieve above-average profitability. Another independent study by the Peterson Institute (2016) has found a significant positive correlation between the presence of women on corporate boards and executive committees, and a company’s performance across key financial metrics.
Further analysis suggests several reasons for this. Achieving gender balance at all levels of an organization heightens a company's collective intelligence1 and its ability to effectively navigate a wide spectrum of complex situations. Competitiveness also depends on the ability to recruit and retain a diverse workforce in order to be able to meet the needs of a broad client base. A high degree of gender diversity is indicative of a well-run organization with the necessary policies in place that allow it to attract the right talent and create the conditions for higher productivity.
These findings suggest that the gender-diversity within companies may constitute a competitive advantage. Investors can now directly capture the potential of gender balance with the UBS Gender Equality ETF, tracking the Solactive Equileap Global Gender Equality 100 Leaders Index. The index includes the top 100 companies chosen on the basis of 19 gender criteria. It also filters according to liquidity and ESG criteria and ensures a geographical balance.
1Gender Aware, UBS Asset Management, 2019.
April 2021: UBS MSCI Climate Paris Aligned ETFs: the journey to a 1.5° C economy
Climate change has become a key priority for both investors and regulators. To meet the needs of investors seeking to address climate change risks and opportunities, UBS ETF has launched a suite of Paris-Aligned ETFs. These funds not only meet, but exceed the minimum standards for EU Paris-Aligned Benchmarks; they are aligned with the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures and are classified as Article 9(3) funds under the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation.
February 2021: UBS MSCI SRI ETFs - now greener and cleaner
Climate change remains a key priority within the sphere of socially responsible investing (SRI). As of December 2020, our SRI ETFs are tracking new MSCI Low Carbon Select Indexes that incorporate new features which consider the impact on climate change. Enhancements to the methodology include a ‘’highest emitter exclusion filter’ and a new climate change based screen to reduce the carbon footprint of a portfolio versus its parent index. In addition to that, the MSCI Low Carbon Select Indexes have historically exhibited stronger risk-adjusted returns when compared to both the parent benchmark and our previous SRI benchmark.