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ESG: International & Emerging Market Stocks

The following ETFs (exchange-traded funds) offer a variety of ESG styles and approaches for the global and international stock market. They include global stocks, international total market, international developed markets, and emerging markets.

Note: These are not recommendations, just investment ideas for further research.

Global (both US and international)

Fund Ticker Expense Holdings Inception
FlexShares STOXX Global ESG Impact ESGG 0.42% 743 7/13/16
  Follows an index designed to provide global exposure to companies that exhibit several specific environmental, social, and corporate governance attributes.
Impact Shares Sustainable Development Goals Global Equity SDGA 0.75% 144 9/24/18
  Tracks an index of global large and mid-cap stocks that rank highly for societal development and ESG metrics according to investment criteria developed by the UN Capital Development Fund.
iShares MSCI Global Impact SDG 0.49% 153 4/20/16
  Seeks to track the investment results of an index composed of positive impact companies that derive a majority of their revenue from products and services that address at least one of the world's major social and environmental challenges as identified by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

International Total Market (both international and emerging markets)

Fund Ticker Expense Holdings Inception
Vanguard ESG International Stock VSGX 0.17% 4422 9/18/18
  Offers an ESG slant on the global ex-US equity market, and includes large-, mid-, and small-cap stocks.
Xtrackers MSCI ACWI ex USA ESG Leaders Equity ACSG 0.16% 881 12/4/18
  Provides exposure to global ex-US large- and mid-cap stocks with higher ESG scores.

International Developed Markets

Fund Ticker Expense Holdings Inception
IQ Candriam ESG International Equity IQSI 0.15% 574 12/16/19
  Tracks an index that is designed to deliver exposure to foreign developed equity securities of companies meeting certain ESG criteria.
iShares ESG Advanced MSCI EAFE DMXF 0.12% 533 6/16/20
  Offers exposure to large- and mid-cap stocks in Europe, Australia, Asia and the Far East with leading environmental, social, and governance (ESG) practices.
iShares ESG MSCI EAFE ESGD 0.20% 505 6/28/16
  Aims to increase exposure to developed market international companies with strong ESG traits, while maintaining a market-like portfolio.
Nuveen ESG International Developed Markets Equity NUDM 0.40% 331 6/6/17
  Tracks an index of companies from developed countries, excluding the US and Canada, that align with various environmental, social, and governance principles.
WisdomTree International ESG RESD 0.15% 298 11/3/16
  Utilizes a quantitative model to select stocks in developed markets outside of the US and Canada, screened for multi-factors such as quality, value, momentum, correlation and ESG characteristics.
Xtrackers MSCI EAFE ESG Leaders Equity EASG 0.14% 450 9/5/18
  An ESG-focused fund of large- and mid-cap stocks from developed economies outside of the US.

Emerging Markets

Fund Ticker Expense Holdings Inception
Alpha Architect Freedom 100 Emerging Markets FRDM 0.49% 107 5/22/19
  Tracks a principles-selected (theme of “life and liberty”), market-cap weighted index of emerging markets stocks.
iShares ESG Aware MSCI Emerging Markets ESGE 0.25% 375 6/28/16
  Tracks an index of emerging market companies that have been selected and weighted for positive environmental, social, and governance characteristics.
iShares ESG MSCI Emerging Markets Leaders LDEM 0.16% 495 2/5/20
  Obtain exposure to large- and mid-cap emerging market stocks with leading environmental, social, and governance practices within their industry.
Nuveen ESG Emerging Markets Equity NUEM 0.45% 426 6/6/17
  Aims to invest in the most socially responsible companies while still providing reasonably market-like exposure to emerging-market stocks.
WisdomTree Emerging Markets ESG RESE 0.32% 303 4/7/16
  Provides exposure to emerging market stocks selected by multi-factors (quality, value, momentum, correlation) and ESG criteria.
Xtrackers MSCI Emerging Markets ESG Leaders Equity EMSG 0.20% 471 12/4/18
  Provides exposure to large- and mid-cap emerging market stocks with higher ESG scores.

In addition to the ETFs, there are also numerous ESG mutual funds that focus on international and emerging markets.