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STOXX Europe 600 ESG-X Index licensed to Kairos Partners

Release date: 14 Nov 2019 | STOXX

STOXX Europe 600 ESG-X Index licensed to Kairos Partners

Zug (Nov. 14, 2019) – Qontigo’s global index provider STOXX Ltd. has licensed the STOXX Europe 600 ESG-X Index to Kairos Partners SGR to serve as an underlying for an actively managed fund.

The STOXX Europe 600 ESG-X index includes a product involvement screening for controversial weapons, tobacco and thermal coal as well as a norm-based screening that follows the United Nations Global Compact principles of human and labor rights, the environment, business ethics and anti-corruption. STOXX cooperates with the ESG data provider Sustainalytics for the screening.

“Sustainable investing has become mainstream. In the market, there is strong demand for ESG versions of benchmarks, with a focus on liquidity and lower cost of trading. The STOXX Europe 600 ESG-X is a simple way of incorporating ESG criteria into the portfolio. This index is easy to implement and has a very similar risk-return profile, compared to the STOXX Europe 600 benchmark,” said Willem Keogh, Head of ESG, Thematic and Factor Indices at Qontigo.

“Our fund will invest in mid- and large-cap European stocks and will be actively managed in reference to the STOXX Europe 600 ESG-X index. It is one of the first long-short ESG funds available on the market with an investment approach based on fundamental analysis: it’s an innovative product for investors looking to integrate environmental, social and governance criteria into their portfolios. Kairos wants to promote, grow and support the market for sustainable investment products in Europe,” said Riccardo Valeri, Senior Portfolio Manager at Kairos Partners SGR.

STOXX provides ESG-screened versions of nearly 50 benchmarks that meet the standard responsible-investing criteria of leading asset owners. The suite offers ESG-X versions of global, regional and emerging markets benchmarks, including ESG-X versions of the EURO STOXX 50® and the STOXX® Europe 600. The ESG-X indices incorporate standard norm- and product-based exclusions that aim to limit market and reputational risks while keeping a low tracking error and a similar risk-return profile to the respective benchmark.

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Qontigo is a financial intelligence innovator and a leader in the modernization of investment management, from risk to return. The combination of the company’s world-class indices and best-of-breed analytics, with its technological expertise and customer-driven innovation enables its clients to achieve competitive advantage in a rapidly changing marketplace. Qontigo’s global client base includes the world’s largest financial products issuers, capital owners and asset managers. Created in 2019 through the combination of STOXX, DAX and Axioma, Qontigo is part of Deutsche Börse Group, headquartered in Eschborn with key locations in New York, Zug and London.


STOXX Ltd. is Qontigo’s global index provider, currently calculating a global, comprehensive index family of over 10,000 strictly rules-based and transparent indices. Best known for the leading European equity indices EURO STOXX 50, STOXX Europe 50 and STOXX Europe 600, STOXX Ltd. maintains and calculates the STOXX Global index family which consists of total market, broad and blue-chip indices for the regions Americas, Europe, Asia/Pacific and sub-regions Latin America and BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) as well as global markets.
STOXX indices are licensed to more than 600 companies around the world as underlyings for Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), futures and options, structured products and passively managed investment funds.
Qontigo’s index provider STOXX is part of Deutsche Börse Group, and the administrator of the DAX indices under the European Benchmark Regulation.

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