FTSE4Good Semi-Annual Review June 2015
– 30 new companies added to the index series
– USA has seven new companies; France has six
– Nine industrials companies added, making it sector with most new entrants
FTSE Russell, the global index provider, today announces changes following the June 2015 FTSE4Good Index Series and ESG ratings semi-annual review.
The June semi-annual review sees 30 new additions to the FTSE4Good Index Series. The largest number of additions at this review is from the USA, contributing 7 companies, followed by France with 6 companies. Representation of Asia Pacific countries continues to rise, with four Australian and two South Korean companies joining the index. More details are available on FTSE Russell’s website. The changes will be implemented at the close of business Friday, 19 June 2015 and take effect from the start of trading on Monday, 22 June 2015.
The FTSE4Good Series is designed to help investors integrate environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into their investment decisions. The indexes identify companies that better manage ESG risks and are used as a basis for tracker funds, structured products and as a performance benchmark. The ESG Ratings are used by investors who wish to incorporate ESG factors into their investment decision making processes, or as a framework for corporate engagement and stewardship.
As previously announced, the FTSE4Good Index Series is currently transitioning to a new ESG methodology, as FTSE Russell took ownership of the of the underlying research process last year. This new methodology underpins the FTSE ESG Ratings and forms the basis for determining inclusion in the FTSE4Good Index Series. Further details are available at www.ftserussell.com.
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Notes to editors:
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