ESG Indices from SIX

ESG Indices from SIX

The New, Sustainable Benchmarks for the Swiss Capital Market

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Overview

Sustainable Investments Are More Than a Trend

The goal of SIX is to establish solid, sustainable and independent benchmarks for the Swiss bond and equity markets. Economic performance and prosperity should not come at the expense of future generations. However, there are no generally valid guidelines for what is meant by a sustainable company. In practice, therefore, sustainable investments are defined differently. Nevertheless, there are generally recognized sustainability criteria. The three letters “ESG” represent these criteria. They stand for “environment, social and governance.” These criteria are used to assess whether and how companies take into account ecological and social aspects as well as a sustainable type of corporate management.

In developing the indices, SIX has drawn on data from the independent Swiss sustainability rating agency Inrate. The ESG Impact Rating developed by Inrate measures the positive and negative impacts of companies on the environment and society.

How You Will Benefit

Index Methodology

The components of an index are selected from its respective universe. The same selection steps are applied to both stock and bond indices. The SBI acts as the universe for the bond indices and the SPI for the stock indices.

In order to select the appropriate ESG index, the relevant factors of the Inrate Metric  are briefly explained below:

  • Rating: The ESG impact rating ranges in twelve levels from D– to A+.
  • Critical sectors: Inrate collects sales figures for a large number of critical sectors
  • Findings of the Swiss Association for Responsible Investments are incorporated by SIX.

To be included in the index, the company must have an ESG impact rating of at least C+ and must generate less than 5 % of its sales in a critical sector. These critical sectors are adult entertainment, alcohol, armaments, betting, genetic engineering, nuclear energy, coal, oil sands and tobacco. Furthermore, an index candidate must not be on the exclusion list of the Swiss Association for Responsible Investments.

The Need for Sustainable Investments Is Increasing


 

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