Vanguard Australia has announced plans to launch a suite of ethical international ETFs next month. Vanguard Ethically Conscious International Shares Index Fund and Vanguard Ethically Conscious Global Aggregate Bond Index Fund will offer investors access to broadly diversified international equities and international fixed income exposures. Vanguard Australia head of product and marketing Evan Reedman said the company was committed to diversifying its investors’ portfolios while maintaining low cost.
“We understand that some investors want products that allow them to achieve their investment objectives while also investing in line with their values. We are pleased to be offering ESG equities and fixed income funds that meet this need while maintaining the hallmarks of Vanguard funds, low cost and broad diversification,” he said. The new suite of funds adds to the existing ESG offering of Vanguard Australia, the Vanguard International Shares Select Exclusions Index Fund that was launched in 2016. “We have been offering screened ESG products internationally for almost 20 years and are excited to be able to provide more choice for Australian investors while leveraging our global scale and investment management expertise,” Mr Reedman said.
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