FlexShares Exchange Traded Funds understands that financial markets and asset classes are dynamic and evolve over time. To help investors adapt to changing market conditions, FlexShares leverages investment expertise and research across disciplines – equity, fixed income, passive, active – to offer new, insight-led solutions. FlexShares ETFs span 31 U.S. funds and $20.2 billion in assets under management as of December 30, 2021.
ESG and Climate Suite
In September 2021, FlexShares ETFs from Northern Trust Asset Management (NTAM) launched a new suite of four ESG ETFs with a unique focus on addressing climate change. The climate suite, which includes two equity and two fixed-income ETFs, seeks to help investors improve their portfolios’ overall ESG score and reduce their carbon risk, while maintaining core equity and fixed-income exposure. The funds utilize a combination of Northern Trust’s proprietary ESG Vector Score, which identifies sustainability leaders and laggards in each sector, and a carbon risk analysis from Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), which analyzes each company’s current carbon emissions, efforts to reduce its carbon footprint, and risk relative to others in its industry. This combination allows investors to hedge ESG-related risks and capitalize on sustainable opportunities.