As the regulatory journey for financial Environment, Social, Governance (ESG) product requirements become more and more complicated, so does the language used to describe them

Source: Dun And Bradstreet, Data as of July 19, 2022

Before reaching for the ESG dictionary and guide, investors should start with the basic principles of WHY they are investing in the ESG space. Holding true to core investment principles and goals, such as positive impact allocation, investment risk reduction, performance growth, can be a better approach before applying regulatory requirements. Back fitting your investment goals after fitting into a regulatory framework, can lead to misalignment with your goals and poor execution of a product idea.

At MarketVector Indexes, we start with the investment thesis, and help clients understand if their investment thesis meets an ESG goal. We go beyond the acronyms, to explain concepts and ideas without jargon. Our latest ESG update, provides a look behind indexing the Circular Economy, and how it the  index supports sustainability in production of goods, recycling of goods and materials, and water purification and treatment, meeting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals on Responsible Consumption and Production, and Clean Water and Sanitation.


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About the Author:

Joy Yang is Head of Product Management and Marketing at MarketVector IndexesTM. She is responsible for managing MarketVector IndexesTM products and services to accelerate innovation in financial index design and adoption. Joy brings more than 25 years of investment experience to MarketVector IndexesTM, having led teams delivering index and quantitative-active investment solutions at Arabesque Asset Management, Dimensional Fund Advisors, Vanguard, Aberdeen Standard Investments, AXA Rosenberg, and Blackrock. Joy has an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Cooper Union’s Albert Nerken School of Engineering.


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