In yet another sign of the growing interest in social responsible investing, Betterment is expanding its socially responsible investment offerings and putting them on equal footing with its core portfolio when investors open an account.
The expanded offerings are available to Betterment’s retail customers as well as Betterment for Advisors customers and Betterment for Business users, who are participants in the firm’s 401(k) service.
Betterment has added a Climate Impact and a Social Impact portfolio, and enhanced its existing SRI offering by adding more expansive environmental, social and governance coverage. It’s known as the Broad Impact portfolio. Each of the three new portfolios consists of multiple equity and bond ETFs — primarily from BlackRock’s iShares but also from Vanguard and JPMorgan. Sector SPDR ETFs from State Street Global Advisors are included in the new Climate Impact and Social Impact portfolios.
“We are listening to our customers,” says Boris Khentov, senior vice president, operations and legal counsel at Betterment, noting that users are demanding investments that are aligned with their values. “We asked customers which values are most important to them, and climate change and social justice were at the top of their list.”