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FTSE launches gender diversity indices

Written by Anton Murray Consulting on . Posted in Market Commentary, News


FTSE Russell has launched the FTSE All-Share Women on Boards Leadership Index and its Russell 1000 Women on Boards Leadership Index, according to a statement. These indices are the first two in a series that aims to provide investors with exposure to companies that demonstrate leadership in diversity. “This is achieved by adopting a factor-based approach, tilting stocks to overweight or underweight depending on their gender diversity at board level and social impact score,” the statement said.

The constituent weightings of the FTSE All-Share Women on Boards Leadership Index are adjusted according to the ratio of female board members against the total number of board members, while the Russell 1000 Women on Boards Leadership Index is based on the ‘Social Pillar’ score calculated by the FTSE Russell ESG ratings model. FTSE Russell developed the series in response to growing investors’ demand for ESG considerations to be integrated into passive investments, according to the statement. FTSE Russell chief executive Mark Makepeace said the series demonstrated the global benchmark provider’s commitment to promoting “strong stewardship practices and market standards”.

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