Varma launches ESG fund in Japan

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Varma launches ESG fund in Japan

We wanted an ESG investment that takes sustainability into account in the Japanese market. This is a systematic continuation of our ESG investments tailored to the US, European and emerging markets. Timo Sallinen, Varma's Head of Listed Securities, said that the number of exchange-traded ESG funds in Japan is not very high.

The fund invests in around 100 large and mid-sized Japanese companies selected according to strict sustainability criteria, with the liquidity of the shares also taken into account. Among the investors are the pharmaceutical company Takeda, the world's leading manufacturer of heat pumps, Daikin Industries, the conglomerate Hitachi, Toyota and the video game company Nintendo.

The investors selected for the fund are low emission industries whose growth prospects we believe in the long run. The companies that operate the most responsibly were selected within each industry. Sallinen says that the industry whose future prospects we believe in is technology.

One of the largest asset management companies in Japan, Nomura is managed by the fund managed by Nomura.

One of the largest asset management firms in Japan, Nomura Asset Management, has about EUR 467 billion in assets under management, according to the ETF NEXT FUNDS Solactive Japan ESG Core Index. The fund's index was tailored by Solactive to Varma's preferences.

The fund does not aim to track the broad Japanese market, as it does not cover all industries or companies in the broad indices. The tailored fund provides more active risk to us than a traditional broad market benchmark ETF, says Sallinen.