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Global X to add ESG lens to food innovation ETF following index changes

Solactive will add an ESG screen to the index

Theo Andrew

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Global X is set to add an ESG screen to its agricultural technology and food innovation ETF following changes by index provider Solactive.    

Effective 3 November, the group said the changes mean Global X AgTech & Food Innovation UCITS ETF (KROP) will become a more “ESG-friendly product to all users”.

Launched in February 2022, KROP currently tracks the Solactive AgTech and Food Innovation v2 index.

The index will see an ESG screen added by data provider Minerva and will exclude companies not aligned with the United Nation’s Global Compact Principles.

In addition, companies involved in the development or maintenance of controversial weapons such as mines, chemical weapons and cluster munitions will also be screened out of the index.

Companies that make over 10% of revenues from thermal coal or over 5% from oil and gas will also be excluded.

Other sector exclusions include palm oil, prisons, adult entertainment, cannabis and tobacco, alcohol and gambling.

KROP is yet to see significant demand from investors after amassing just $1.5m assets under management (AUM) since launch.

In July, the ETF issuer launched the Global X S&P 500 Covered Call UCITS ETF (XYLU), the second in the range after it unveiled the Global X Nasdaq 100 Covered Call UCITS ETF (QYKD) in November last year.

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