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Asset Management One selects FTSE Blossom Japan index for ESG ETF

 

  • ESG ETF listed on Tokyo Stock Exchange tracks FTSE Blossom Japan Index
  • Asset Management One’s first ETF tracking a FTSE Russell index
  • FTSE Blossom Japan Index constructed using FTSE Russell’s ESG Ratings data model

 

FTSE Russell, the global index and data provider, announces the licencing of the FTSE Blossom Japan Index to Asset Management One (AM-One). The ‘One ETF ESG’ (ticker: 1498) was listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange today and is the first AM-One ETF to track a FTSE Russell index. AM-One is a leading global asset manager with around JPY33 trillion in indexed assets under management*.

ESG is becoming an increasingly popular and important investment theme in Japan. Responding to this trend, AM-One will offer an investment opportunity to both retail and institutional investors through its ETF.

The FTSE Blossom Japan Index is constructed using FTSE Russell’s ESG Ratings data model, which draws on existing international ESG standards, including the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The inclusion thresholds are aligned with the globally established FTSE4Good Index Series. The index can be used to assist in the integration of ESG considerations into a diversified strategy. The index does not deviate significantly from the index characteristics of its traditional market capitalization weighted benchmark. To minimize industry bias, the index has been designed using an industry-neutral weighting approach to match the industry weights in the underlying FTSE Japan Index.

Evan Ong, Managing Director, Asia ETP and listed derivatives strategy and business development, FTSE Russell, said:

“We are delighted that Asset Management One has selected a FTSE Russell index for this new ESG ETF, which supports demand from investors in Japan to capture ESG investment opportunities. This is the second ESG ETF tracking a FTSE Russell index specifically for the Japanese market. FTSE Russell’s ESG data and indexes are increasingly being used by asset owners and pension funds around the world as we see growing interest in the integration of ESG considerations into passive investments.”

The FTSE Blossom Japan Index is part of FTSE Russell’s extensive sustainable investment index and data offering which includes the launch of the ESG Ratings data model, Green Revenues data model and new smart sustainability indexes following the launch of the FTSE All-World ex CW Climate Balanced Factor Indexes. FTSE Russell’s ESG Ratings data model provides underlying environmental, social and governance data on more than 4,100 companies across more than 300 indicators.

Further information can be found online at the FTSE Blossom Japan Index page and through our Global Sustainable Investment Centre.

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Ed Clark
Lucie Holloway +44 (0)20 7797 1222

newsroom@lseg.com

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Notes to editors

*http://www.am-one.co.jp/english/

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