Sustainable Equities:
Building a Better World

Invest in the world’s biggest companies with a focus on sustainability.

A Fresh Approach

After 40 years of putting financial returns first, the world is at a moment of great change. Investors are prioritizing not only financial returns but also clean environmental practices and social responsibility. They want to make the world a better place, to fight the climate crisis and to tackle social deprivation. Moreover, they aim to do so without sacrificing investment returns.

The VanEck Vectors Sustainable World Equal Weight UCITS ETF is a straightforward way to take part. Invest in the world’s biggest companies, excluding those that do not live by the United Nations’ principles for responsible corporate behavior and are screened by strict sustainability criteria defined by our independent research partner VigeoEiris.

Sustainable equities have a history of generating strong returns

Solactive Sustainable World Total Return Index

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  1 Month 3 Months YTD 1 Year 3 Years 5 Years Since Inception
Solactive Sustainable World Total Return Index -0.82% 2.68% -4.94% 1.04% 19.54% 48.04% 107.96%

Source: VanEck, Data as of 30 September 2020. Investors cannot invest directly in the Index. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Fund performance is not equal to index performance. For important information on the Index, please refer to the bottom of this page.

What are the United Nations’ Guidelines for Responsible Companies?

Twenty years ago, the UN issued a call to companies for a better world. Since then, more than 12,000 companies from over 160 companies have signed up. Our ETF only invests in companies that meet the UN Global Compact’s Principles on human rights, labor, the environment and anti-corruption. For more insight into these principles see below:

  • Principle 1: Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and
  • Principle 2: Make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.

Source: UN Global Compact.

Exclusions by our Sustainable ETF

VanEck has engineered a rigorous screening process that goes beyond other ETFs. Using intelligence from sustainability research provider, Vigeo Eiris, we exclude companies that don’t meet our high standards. For instance, our Sustainable ETF does not invest in companies that make chemicals of concern, or those that compromise animal welfare. For the full list of exclusions see below:

Committed to Quality

When building our ETFs, we prioritize reducing risks. The VanEck Vectors Sustainable World Equal Weight UCITS ETF is no exception, seeking to minimize avoidable equity market and ETF construction risks in the following three ways:

It’s an unavoidable fact that equity market indices are dominated by the biggest companies, which may inherently also be the most highly valued. Today’s tech stocks are the perfect illustration. By creating an equally-weighted index, we reduce the exposure to the biggest companies. Reducing the danger of sudden falls in value in this context.

VanEck Vectors Sustainable World Equal Weight UCITS ETF

ISIN: NL0010408704


  • Global diversification across 250 stocks
  • Extensive sustainability screening
  • 0.2% annual expense ratio
  • Equal weighted
Risk indication: 6 out of 7

Main Risk Factors

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The value of an investment can be affected by exchange rate fluctuations. The price of the euro can rise against another currency in which an investment is denominated.

For more information on risks, please see the “Risk Factors” section of the relevant Fund’s prospectus, available on www.vaneck.com.

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