Asia: ESG ETF growth accelerates in Asia

Exchange traded funds focused on environmental, social and governance themes have garnered only about 4 per cent of total Asia Pacific ETF assets, but their market share is growing fast.

Twenty-five ESG ETFs debuted in Asia Pacific in 2020, while 31 more listed in the first six months of last year, Cerulli Associates noted in a report.

The products attracted about $2bn in inflows both 2020 and 2019 against just $159.8m in 2016. Net flows in the first half of 2021 had already amounted to $1.7bn.

“Managers in key markets in the region are launching more ESG-themed ETFs to provide cost-efficient access to responsible investing products and to differentiate themselves amid stiff competition,” Cerulli noted in the report.

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