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The new generation of Sustainable Equity ETFs


The first UK sustainable ETF with a reduced carbon target
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As the topic of sustainability has become even more essential to the investment world, the demand for solutions that have positive impacts are rapidly growing. By combining our experience in passive investing with our socially responsible investing expertise, we have launched the HSBC Sustainable Equity ETFs, designed to take a step beyond traditional sustainable ETF solutions.

As the World’s Best Bank for Sustainable Finance1, we have collaborated with FTSE Russell to develop indices with an innovative 3-tilt approach which goes beyond typical market offering.

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Designed to offer cost-efficient investment solutions to our clients, our new range of sustainable ETFs integrates ESG, carbon emissions and fossil fuel reserves considerations, while focusing on closely tracking customised FTSE Russell indices.

HSBC Europe Sustainable Equity UCITS ETF
FTSE Developed Europe ESG Low Carbon Select Index                                                                                        
TER: 15bps

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HSBC Japan Sustainable Equity UCITS ETF
FTSE Japan ESG Low Carbon Select Index
TER: 18bps

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HSBC USA Sustainable Equity UCITS ETF
FTSE USA ESG Low Carbon Select Index
TER: 12bps

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HSBC Developed World Sustainable Equity UCITS ETF
FTSE Developed ESG Low Carbon Select Index
TER: 18bps

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HSBC Emerging Market Sustainable Equity UCITS ETF
FTSE Emerging ESG Low Carbon Select Index
TER: 18bps

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HSBC Asia Pacific ex Japan Sustainable Equity UCITS ETF
FTSE Asia Pacific ex Japan ESG Low Carbon Select Index
TER: 25bps

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HSBC UK Sustainable Equity UCITS ETF
FTSE UK ESG Low Carbon Select Index
TER: 12bps

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HSBC Sustainable Equity ETFs Webinar

Join us to hear more about our new generation of ETFs

Olga de Tapia

Olga de Tapia
Head of ETF Sales
HSBC Global Asset Management

Xavier Desmadryl

Xavier Desmadryl
Global Head of ESG Research
HSBC Global Asset Management

Thomas O’Malley

Thomas O’Malley
Global Head of Corporate Governance
HSBC Global Asset Management

Fong Yee Chan

Fong Yee Chan
Senior Product Manager, Sustainable Investment
FTSE Russell

1 July 2020

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IPE webinar on low-carbon transitions

Discussing scenario analysis and its implications for investors
27 May 2020

Investing for the transition

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20 May 2020

ESG and sustainable investing in the midst of Covid-19

ESG a valuable intangible asset
11 May 2020

ESG investing has moved to the mainstream

Stephanie Maier in FT Adviser's latest podcast on ESG
30 April 2020

The roads to a low-carbon transition

Our latest scenario analysis report
16 April 2020

Pushing for action: what businesses want from COP26

Summary of recent conference on COP26 priorities
16 March 2020

2020 Responsible Investment Review

Sustainable investing for our changing world
24 February 2020

HSBC “Walking the Talk” on Sustainability

Keynote speech at the recent Green Finance Summit in Oslo, Norway
27 January 2020

The development of sustainable investment within pension funds

06 December 2019


The new generation of Sustainable Equity ETFs


Investors’ desire to initiate change through sustainable investing continues to grow and long-run equity returns are increasingly driven by companies that effectively implement strong environmental, social and governance practices. These foundations are the driving force behind our new sustainable equity ETFs, which will provide investors with a core sustainable building block for their portfolios.
Xavier Desmadryl, Global Head of ESG Research, HSBC Asset Management

An innovative approach

An innovative triple tilting process – developed in collaboration with FTSE Russell – allows the indices to target:
bullet20% ESG improvement
bullet50% Carbon Intensity reduction
bullet50% Fossil Fuel reserves reduction


We are stewards of our clients’ money

Passive investing does not mean being a passive investor. One natural concern among the investors community when it comes to sustainable investing is shareholder engagement. HSBC Asset Management is an active steward of the assets managed on behalf of clients. As an early signatory of the PRI in 2006, we are committed to responsible investing and do so by driving positive behaviour and promoting high standards.

We believe that good corporate governance ensures that companies are managed in line with the long-term interests of their investors

Source: HSBC Asset Management as at 31 December 2020.

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1 Euromoney 2020 “World’s Best Bank for Sustainable Finance”
2 HSBC Asset Management, as at 31 December 2020.

Morningstar® Essentials Sustainability
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Risk Warning

Index-based Investing - The value of investments and any income from them can go down as well as up and investors may not get back the amount originally invested. Where overseas investments are held the rate of currency exchange may also cause the value of such investments to fluctuate.