FTSE Russell launches FTSE 100 ESG index

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FTSE Russell’s ESG ratings and data model uses over 300 indicators across 14 themes, based on publicly available data, with eligible stocks given an ESG rating ranging from 0 to 5, with 5 being the highest rating.

Constituents are weighted based on their investable market capitalisation and will be reviewed quarterly, in line with the FTSE UK Index Series.

EMEA head of sales-equity derivatives solutions and cross asset distribution at HSBC Patrick Kondarjian said the firm’s decision to embrace the index as a benchmark was in response to growing demand among investors to incorporate ESG into their investment and stewardship approach.

He explained: “We have identified a clear need from investors in Europe for ESG benchmark indices, so it is exciting to be able to offer access to this product that delivers strong ESG scores in a straightforward and intuitive way to investors.”

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