Broad market ESG ETFs for a sustainable core

  • Access to traditional core exposures with a stronger focus on the companies with the strongest environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors characteristics.
  • Our ESG Enhanced range of ETFs offer the same screens as our ESG Screened range and also include a screen for companies with severe controversies.
  • Targeting a limited tracking error to traditional benchmarks, iShares MSCI ESG Enhanced ETFs could offer a good substitute in model portfolios.
  • Each fund targets a 30% carbon reduction compared to its traditional exposure counterpart.


Capital at risk. The value of investments and the income from them can fall as well as rise and are not guaranteed. The investor may not get back the amount originally invested.

Unless otherwise stated, all information is sourced from MSCI and is correct as at 31 December 2018.

Why take an enhanced approach?


Enhanced ESG score

Reweights securities to
maximise ESG score


Target tracking error

Designed for your core:
Developed Markets: 50bps
Emerging Markets: 100bps


Carbon & GHG intensity reduction

30% carbon & greenhouse
gas (GHG) intensity (sales)

1 Weighted Average Carbon Emissions Intensity measured by metric tons of carbon emissions emitted per million dollars of revenue.

How does the optimisation process work?

The MSCI ESG Enhanced Focus Index range is designed to maximise exposure to companies with positive ESG characteristics while reducing a fund’s carbon intensity and maintaining a similar risk and return profile to traditional broad benchmarks.

Explore the steps below to understand the methodology of how the indices are constructed.

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MSCI Parent Index

MSCI Enhanced ESG Focus Index



Just like the iShares range of ESG Screened ETFs, the ESG Enhanced Focus index range excludes companies which have high potential for negative social and/or environmental impact:



The optimisation process aims to maximise exposure to positive ESG scores and simultaneously reduce carbon emissions intensity and potential emissions using the following constrains:

This material is not intended to be relied upon as a forecast, research or investment advice, and is not a recommendation, offer or solicitation to buy or sell any financial instrument or product or to adopt any investment strategy.