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STOXX wins multi-billion landmark deal with four German pension funds for sustainable, climate-friendly global index solutions

Release date: 24 Jun 2019 | STOXX

STOXX wins multi-billion landmark deal with four German pension funds for sustainable, climate-friendly global index solutions


Zug (June 24, 2019) – STOXX Ltd., the operator of Deutsche Boerse Group’s index business and a global provider of innovative and tradable index concepts, has won a request for proposal to license four low-carbon sustainability indices to the pension funds of four states in Germany: Baden-Wuerttemberg, Brandenburg, Hesse, and North Rhine-Westphalia. The deal entails over EUR 7 billion in replicating assets.

“Sustainability is our guiding principle, and we also apply that to our investments,” said Gisela Splett, Permanent Secretary for Finance in Baden-Wuerttemberg. “We invest our assets responsibly: profitably, safely and with due regard to sustainability aspects.”

“This mandate win is a landmark for STOXX, because we won the trust of four large public investors at the same time. It underscores STOXX’s leading position in the ESG and sustainability space. Responsible investing continues to grow, transforming the way the asset-management industry allocates capital and leaving a mark on our world. By providing the right tools to investors we help generate more power to drive change and to impact our societies,” said Holger Wohlenberg, Head of Deutsche Boerse’s Data & Index business.
 
“The four pension funds were specifically looking for sustainable low-carbon indices that help them control their exposure to sustainability and climate risks, while at the same time meeting their investment policies regarding safe and stable returns. We are proud that our sustainable STOXX solutions enable them to provide impulses for a low-carbon economy and to achieve the objectives of the Paris Climate Convention,” said Willem Keogh, STOXX’s Head of ESG, Thematic and Factor Solutions. 
 
STOXX partners with Sustainalytics on sustainability data and with CDP on CO2 emissions data. Sustainalytics provides classification and rating models; CDP’s climate-change research scoring methodology evaluates a company’s climate-related governance, strategy, risk and opportunities, targets and accountability. 
 
STOXX first entered the sustainability, climate and ESG space in 2001. Today, its offering includes a wide range of index solutions, covering benchmarks, blue chips, ESG leaders, low carbon, climate impact, ESG factors and ESG-X indices.

About STOXX Ltd.

STOXX Ltd. is a 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.

To provide market participants with optimal transparency, STOXX indices are classified into four categories. Regular “STOXX” indices include all standard, theme and strategy indices that are part of STOXX’s integrated index family and follow a strict rules-based methodology. The “iSTOXX” brand typically comprises less standardized index concepts that are not integrated in the STOXX Global index family, but are nevertheless strictly rules-based. While indices that are branded “STOXX” and “iSTOXX” are developed by STOXX for a broad range of market participants, the “STOXX Customized” brand covers indices that are specifically developed for clients and do not carry the STOXX brand in the index name. Under the Omnient brand, STOXX offers custom indices from its existing index universe.

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. Three of the top ETFs in Europe and approximately 25% of all assets under management are based on STOXX indices. STOXX Ltd. holds Europe's number one and the world's number two position in the derivatives segment.
STOXX is part of Deutsche Boerse Group, and also calculates, disseminates and markets the DAX indices.

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