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Solactive launches ESG Big Data Europe Index, developed with ARC Responsible Investment based on OWL Analytics data

Solactive is pleased to announce the launch of the Solactive ARC ESG Big Data Europe Index, which was developed with ARC Responsible Investment earlier this year, and is designed to track the performance of European stocks with a high consensus Environmental, Governance, and Social (ESG) Score, based on data provided by OWL Analytics and Investment Research. Simultaneously, the Index includes high dividend stocks and displays a low-risk profile. HSBC has licensed the Index to manufacturing products for its markets clients.

“This project exemplifies Solactive’s flexibility in tailoring indices to meet clients’ needs,” explains Timo Pfeiffer, Head of Research at Solactive. He continues: “We are incorporating cutting-edge ESG metrics derived from a big data approach, thereby excluding non-compliant activities and sectors as well as polluting companies, which allows our clients to access the latest innovations in ESG.”

As a response to investors’ growing demand for incorporating ESG factors in their investment strategies, Solactive established the Solactive ESG Big Data Europe Index. The index strategy seeks to achieve lower volatility and lower drawdowns compared to its benchmark, the Solactive GBS Developed Markets Large & Mid Cap Index.

Xavier Ducros, Founding Partner at ARC Responsible Investment, commented: “The index allows investors to benefit from an innovative and smart ESG approach while reducing the overall risk of the portfolio, achieved thanks to various risk factors.”

OWL Analytics is an alternative data company that aggregates hundreds of sources of ESG data and research to create company scores and rankings based on a stronger foundation of data, optimized to increase objectivity. After the fundamental selection, Solactive applies financial screenings such as liquidity, dividend-yield, and risk filters to build the final index composition.

Benjamin Webster, CEO at OWL Analytics, said: “We are delighted to be part of this new generation ESG index by integrating our proprietary technology ESG strategy that reduces subjectivity in ESG scoring providing the best-of-the-best ESG consensus.”

Patrick Kondarjian, Head of Sales at HSBC, adds: “The Solactive ARC ESG Big Data Europe Index will provide HSBC with an innovative alternative product that we will be able to offer our clients who have a preference for consensus-based ESG scoring.”

The Solactive ARC ESG Big Data Europe Index is calculated as Gross Total Return, Net Total Return, and Price Return. The index is published in EUR, and its composition is adjusted quarterly.