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Women will drive increasing investment into ESG funds globally over next decade

Women’s growing share of wealth and influence in the asset management industry will spur increasing investment into environmental, social and governance (ESG) funds worldwide over the next decade, according to iClima Earth, a London-based impact fintech business.

In December 2020, iClima Earth launched the world’s first ESG UCITS exchange traded fund (ETF) that provides exposure to companies offering products and services that enable CO2e avoidance solutions and quantify that impact. 

The iClima Climate Change ETF (ticker: CLMA) launched via the HANetf platform and is listed on the London Stock Exchange, Deutsche Boerse’s Xetra and Borsa Italiana.

The ETF tracks the iClima Global Decarbonisation Enablers Index which is up 95.39% over the last 12 months[1].  Past performance is no guarantee of future performance.  The index was built using a tiered approach, meaning there is no over-exposure to large cap companies and it provides a balanced exposure to the key climate change solutions

iClima says women are more concerned about ESG issues and they will play a key role in directing more investment into sustainable investments.

Academic research[2] found in Professor Mauro Guillen’s book, ‘2030 – How today’s biggest trends will collide and reshape the future of everything’, points to women accumulating wealth faster than men: for example, in America women now receive most undergraduate and graduate degrees, more than 40% of married mothers earn more than their husbands and about 70% of mothers work full time outside of the home.

Other research[3] also shows that more women than men are interested in sustainable investing, positive social impact investments and climate change.

Gabriela Herculano, CEO of the iClima Global Decarbonisation Enablers ETF commented: “We have never been so close to a scenario where women are co-ruling the world. Gender equality may not be the norm even by 2030, but as women control more wealth it is likely that they will steer the debate towards areas that concern them, such as education, healthcare and sustainability.

“Women are much more interested in making an impact with their investments and if they control half of the market for investments by 2030 it is highly likely that they will demand more ESG investment products.

“On the other hand, if more women are to be in investment management – ETFs and beyond – it is also likely that a lot of supply and innovation in sustainable financial products will be created and delivered by women.”

Exchange traded funds (ETFs) account for a substantial and growing share of ESG investments, seeing their largest ever inflows in 2020[4]. When you trade ETFs your capital is at risk.

iClima Earth points to the growing presence of female professionals in the ETF industry, as demonstrated by the growth in membership of “Women in ETF - WE”, a not-for-profit organisation founded by Deborah Fuhr in 2014 and now with over 5,600 members, as well as notable industry leaders such as Catherine Wood, Founder, CEO and CIO of Ark Investment Management.

The iClima Climate Change ETF has a TER of 0.65% and tracks the iClima Global Decarbonisation Enablers Index, developed by iClima Earth.  iClima Earth is a green fintech that creates investment products targeting companies that make impactful contributions to solving climate change. 

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