State Street Global Advisors added to the growing number of environmental, social and governance-focused exchange-traded products with Tuesday’s trading of the SPDR S&P 500 ESG ETF.
How does the new fund differs from the popular SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust — which has over $285 billion of assets and trades as SPY?
First, it excludes S&P 500 companies “involved in tobacco or controversial weapons or [with] a relatively low United Nations Global Compact Score or S&P Dow Jones Indices ESG Score,” Brie Williams, head of Practice Management at State Street Global Advisors, told ThinkAdvisor Wednesday.
Also, State Street ranks companies by their S&P DJI ESG Score within each industry group for inclusion in the new fund.
Information technology accounts for about 28% of the new ETF’s portfolio, with top holdings including Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google parent Alphabet. SPY’s IT holdings represent about 27% of its current portfolio.