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Franklin Templeton unveils SDG-linked sustainable food and health ETFs

The group’s SFDR Article 8 ETF range now stands at 10

Theo Andrew


Franklin Templeton has expanded its range of thematic ETFs with the launch of Sustainable Development Goal-linked (SDG) food and health and wellness ETFs.

The Franklin Future of Food UCITS ETF (FOFD) and the Franklin Future of Health and Wellness UCITS ETF (FOHW) will list on the Deutsche Boerse and the London Stock Exchange later this week and the Borsa Italiana on 18 July.

The ETFs have a total expense ratio (TER) of 0.30%.

FOFD will track the Solactive Sustainable Food index, providing exposure to companies utilising technology to create efficient food supply practices and those that are demonstrating innovation to create a sustainable food ecosystem.

It will invest in industries including smart farming, agriculture machinery and healthy food among others and must be deemed to be contributing to six of the UN’s SDGs by the Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS).

Meanwhile, FOHW tracks the Solactive Sustainable Health and Wellness index and provides exposure to innovation in the healthcare industry via companies in care, healthcare and wellness provision.

This includes companies including genomics, medical imaging, e-healthcare and mind and body, which are recognised by the ISS to be contributing to SDG 3, Good Health and Wellbeing.

The ETFs are labelled Article 8 under the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR).

Caroline Baron (pictured), head of ETF distribution, EMEA, Franklin Templeton, said: “These two new sustainable ETFs offer access to secular growth stories and by investing in innovative companies and potential disruptors have the potential to outperform traditional indices.”

Dina Ting, head of global index portfolio management, Franklin Templeton, added: “These new Article 8 ETFs take a multi-dimensional investment approach to stock selection in that they leverage long-term societal shifts resulting from macroeconomic, geopolitical and technological developments.”

The products are the latest thematic SDG-linked ETFs to be launched since DWS unveiled a seven-strong range in January.

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