ESG Clarity Asia Awards: Fund shortlists revealed

The first ever ESG Clarity Awards will be held in London on 14 June

ESG Clarity can now reveal the funds that have made the shortlist for the inaugural ESG Clarity Asia Awards.

The shortlists for the pre-defined categories have been formed using ESG data exclusively supplied to ESG Clarity by MSCI ESG Research.

For funds to be eligible, the following criteria had to be met:

  • Funds must have 12 months of performance history as of the end of March 2022.
  • Funds must fall into standard universe coverage for MSCI ESG fund ratings, whereby at least 65% of the fund’s gross weight must come from covered securities.

More information on the MSCI fund ESG ratings methodology is available here.

The shortlists have been formed as below:

Regional ESG Equity-Active

State Street Pacific Ex-Japan ESG Screened Index Equity Fund
United Sustainable Asia Top-50 Fund
Schroder International Selection Fund Sustainable Asian Equity
Mirae Asset Global Discovery Fund – Sustainable Asia Pacific Equity Fund
abrdn Select Portfolio-abrdn All China Sustainable Equity Fund
Aberdeen Standard SICAV I – Asian Sustainable Development Equity Fund

Regional ESG Equity-Passive

UBS (Lux) Fund Solutions – MSCI Pacific Socially Responsible UCITS ETF
Haitong MSCI China A ESG ETF
Principal S&P Ethical Asia Pacific Dividend ETF
Harvest CSI 300 ESG Leaders Index ETF
UBS (Lux) Fund Solutions – MSCI China ESG Universal UCITS ETF
Lyxor MSCI China ESG Leaders Extra (DR) UCITS ETF

Regional ESG Equity-Passive

DWS Invest ESG Equity Income
UBS (Lux) Equity SICAV – Global Income Sustainable (USD)
RAM (Lux) Systematic Funds – Global Sustainable Income Equities
Stewart Investors Worldwide Leaders Sustainability Fund
Pictet-Quest Global Sustainable Equities
Schroder International Selection Fund Global Sustainable Growth
BlackRock Strategic Funds – Systematic ESG World Equity Fund
Neuberger Berman Systematic Global Sustainable Value Fund
Allianz Global Investors Fund – Allianz Global Sustainability
Mirova Global Sustainable Equity Fund
Lazard Global Sustainable Equity Fund
UBS (Lux) Equity Fund – Global Sustainable (USD)
abrdn Global Sustainable Equity Fund

Global ESG Equity-Passive

NN (L) Global Enhanced Index Sustainable Equity
Vanguard ESG Developed World All Cap Equity Index Fund
UBS (Irl) ETF plc – MSCI ACWI Socially Responsible UCITS ETF
Xtrackers MSCI World ESG UCITS ETF
UBS (IRL) ETF Plc – MSCI ACWI ESG Universal Low Carbon Select UCITS ETF
UBS (Lux) Fund Solutions – MSCI World Socially Responsible UCITS ETF
iShares Dow Jones Global Sustainability Screened UCITS ETF

Global ESG Fixed Inc-Active

JPMorgan Funds – Global Bond Opportunities Sustainable Fund
Fidelity Funds – Sustainable Strategic Bond Fund
UBS (Lux) Strategy SICAV – Fixed Income Sustainable (USD)
PIMCO GIS Global Bond ESG Fund
AXA World Funds – Global Sustainable Aggregate
Pictet – Global Sustainable Credit
Swisscanto (LU) Bond Fund – Swisscanto (LU) Bond Fund Responsible Global Corporate
BNP Paribas Funds Sustainable Global Corporate Bond
Dimensional Global Sustainability Fixed Income Fund
T. Rowe Price Funds SICAV – Responsible Global Investment Grade Corporate Bond Fund
T. Rowe Price Funds SICAV – Responsible Global Aggregate Bond Fund
Lazard Global Sustainable Fixed Income Fund

EM ESG Equity-Active

White Fleet OLZ Equity Emerging Market Optimized ESG
Credit Suisse Index Fund (Lux) – CSIF (Lux) Equity Emerging Markets Minimum Volatility ESG Blue
Stewart Investors Global Emerging Markets Sustainability Fund
Heptagon Fund ICAV – Driehaus Emerging Markets Sustainable Equity Fund
Pictet-Quest Emerging Sustainable Equities
DWS Invest ESG Emerging Markets Top Dividend
BMO Responsible Global Emerging Markets Equity Fund
Goldman Sachs Funds II – Goldman Sachs Multi-Manager Emerging Markets Equity Portfolio
Aberdeen Standard SICAV I – Emerging Markets Sustainable Development Equity Fund
GAM Sustainable Emerging Equity
JPMorgan Funds – Emerging Markets Sustainable Equity

Multi Asset

BlackRock Global Funds – ESG Multi-Asset Fund
BNP Paribas Funds Sustainable Multi-Asset Growth
AB SICAV I – Sustainable All Market Portfolio
Arabesque Q3.17 SICAV – Global ESG Momentum Flexible Allocation
UBS (Lux) Strategy Fund – Balanced Sustainable (EUR)
UBS (Lux) Strategy Fund – Growth Sustainable (USD)
Allianz Global Investors Fund – Allianz Global Dynamic Multi Asset Strategy 50
JSS Sustainable Multi Asset – Global Opportunities

Climate Focused Funds

Franklin Templeton Investment Funds – Templeton Global Climate Change Fund
CPR Invest Climate Action
Lombard Odier Funds – Climate Transition
Schroder International Selection Fund Global Climate Change Equity
HSBC Global Investment Funds – Global Equity Climate Change


M&G (Lux) Investment Funds 1 – M&G (Lux) Global Themes Fund
Pictet – Global Thematic Opportunities
Lazard Global Thematic Fund
Natixis International Funds (Lux) I – Thematics Meta Fund
BlackRock Global Funds – Circular Economy Fund
Pictet-Global Megatrend Selection
NN (L) Smart Connectivity
CPR Invest Global Disruptive Opportunities
Fidelity Funds – Global Demographics Fund

Congratulations to all those shortlisted! The shortlists for house and initiative-based awards will be announced in due course.

The next step is for our elite judging panel to apply a qualitative layer of analysis, based on their own research and review of the data, in order to identify the winners of each category.


Natalie Kenway

Natalie is editor in chief at MA Financial covering ESG Clarity, Portfolio Adviser and International Adviser. She was previously global head of ESG insight for ESG Clarity and has been an investment journalist...