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Sustainable products and services

The trading floor of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. The Group’s range of sustainable products helps investors to follow an investment strategy that includes sustainability criteria.

Deutsche Börse Group’s products and services offer investors, issuers and other market participants a marketplace as well as the infrastructure and the needed support to execute financial transactions or offer financial instruments. A comprehensive product portfolio in the area of sustainable investments has also emerged over the past few years. Deutsche Börse offers in particular a wide range of sustainability indices that investors can use as the basis for sustainable investment. STOXX, Deutsche Börse Group’s index arm, has been a signatory of the UN Principles of Responsible Investment (PRI) since 2012.

You can find a comprehensive description of Deutsche Börse’s sustainable index products in the sustainability portal.

ÖkoDAX

ÖkoDAX® aims to reflect the performance of the ten most liquid companies from the Renewable Energy subsector. Hence, ÖkoDAX is a selection index of Deutsche Börse. The companies are selected from the renewable energy sector based on their free-float market capitalisation and included in the index portfolio with equal weighting factors.

DAXglobal Alternative Energy

DAXglobal® Alternative Energy expands the DAXglobal index family by adding a growth indicator for the alternative energies sector. This sector-based index concept allows investors to tap into the high growth momentum in this sector at the global level for the first time. As an underlying for financial products, this index enables investors to participate in the growth of the alternative energies sector. Companies aiming to be included in the DAXglobal Alternative Energy Index must generate the majority of their revenue in one of the five alternative energy areas: natural gas, solar, wind, ethanol, geothermal power/hydro power/batteries.

STOXX ESG and STOXX ESG-X Benchmark indices

Asset owners are steadily stepping up their fiduciary role and are implementing environmental, social and governance (ESG) investment strategies. STOXX is addressing this demand by offering two approaches for ESG-compliant versions of STOXX flagship benchmarks that meet the standard responsible criteria of leading investors:

ESG-X

The STOXX ESG-X indices are ESG-screened versions of flagship STOXX global, regional, country, size and blue-chip benchmarks. They 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.

Companies are removed when Sustainalytics considers they meet at least one of the following:

  • Non-compliance with the United Nations Global Compact principles of human and labour rights, the environment and anti-corruption
  • Involvement in controversial weapons
  • Tobacco production
  • At least 25 per cent of their revenue comes from thermal coal extraction or exploration
  • At least 25 per cent of power output generation utilises thermal coal

In addition, a company is excluded from the index if Sustainalytics increases the ESG controversy risk rating to “Level 5” (fast exit rule).

Visit the STOXX website for a complete overview of all STOXX ESG-X indices. 

ESG

The EURO STOXX 50® ESG index is the ESG-integrated version of the key eurozone benchmark that combines exclusionary screens (as described above) and ESG integration criteria.

The EURO STOXX 50 ESG index excludes 10 per cent of the companies from the benchmark with the lowest ESG score. Each excluded company is replaced by the largest non-controversial company in the same ICB supersector with a higher ESG score.

The result is a more comprehensive ESG-integrated strategy with a risk-return profile close to that of the benchmark index.

Both concepts are suitable as underlying for mandates, passive funds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), structured products and listed derivatives with the ambition to increase liquidity and lower the cost of trading.

STOXX ESG Leaders index family

The STOXX® Global ESG Leaders Indices are based on research conducted on the criteria of social and environmental compatibility and corporate governance. Each category – environmental, social and governance (ESG) – has its own index in order to afford maximum transparency. Blue-chip indices are also offered for North America, Asia/Pacific, Europe and the euro zone.

STOXX Sustainability index family

The STOXX® Sustainability index families provide access to companies that are leaders in terms of ESG criteria. Indices are available for Europe (STOXX® Europe Sustainability) and the eurozone (EURO STOXX® Sustainability). Components are selected from the STOXX® Europe 600 indices according to their respective sustainability rating.

STOXX Low Carbon index families

The STOXX® Low Carbon index family is designed to enable investors to decarbonise their portfolios, i.e. limit the exposure of their portfolios to climate-related risks, such as stricter regulations and physical damage, while participating in the low-carbon economic growth. To cater to different approaches, STOXX developed fully tailored solutions based on broad index universes, with six sub-families offering varying degrees of carbon exposure.

The comprehensive STOXX Low Carbon index family is derived from STOXX’s broad and liquid STOXX® Global 1800 Index and its regional subsets (STOXX® Europe 600, STOXX® Asia/Pacific 600, STOXX® North America 600). These fully transparent and rules-based solutions include:

  • STOXX® Low Carbon indices
  • STOXX® Reported Low Carbon indices
  • STOXX® Industry Leader Low Carbon indices
  • STOXX® Low Carbon Footprint indices
  • STOXX® Global Climate Change Leaders index

STOXX Global ESG Impact index family

The STOXX® ESG Impact index family offers a broad market exposure that is tilted towards companies that score better with respect to a small set of environmental, social and governance KPIs. Companies are selected and weighted by the following KPIs: CDP emission/energy reduction target, percentage of women on the board, percentage of independent directors, policy against child labour, and golden parachute agreement. In addition coal miners, violators of United Nations Global Compact principles, and companies involved with controversial weapons are excluded. KPI standardisation by industry and country capping reduce unwanted systematic active exposures.

STOXX Climate index family

The STOXX® Global Climate Impact Ex Global Compact and Controversial Weapons and STOXX® Global Climate Impact Ex Global Compact Controversial Weapons & Tobacco indices select those companies that are seen as leading in terms of climate change. These companies qualify based on particular actions that mark them as leaders or provide evidence that they understand their climate impact and take measures to manage it.

The STOXX Climate Awareness Ex Global Compact Controversial Weapons and STOXX Climate Awareness Ex Global Compact Controversial Weapons & Tobacco indices additionally include companies that have looked at implications of climate change for and on their business and display a high contextual knowledge of environmental issues.

Eurex Exchange

In February 2019, Eurex opened a new chapter in sustainable investment with the launch of an environmental, social and government (ESG) segment based on the EURO STOXX 50® Low Carbon index, the STOXX® Europe Climate Impact Ex Global Compact, Controversial Weapons & Tobacco index and the STOXX® Europe 600 ESG-X index.

Eurex ESG derivatives on three STOXX® indices:

European Energy Exchange

European Energy Exchange (EEX) offers a broad range of energy and environmental products, thereby contributing to an efficient transition to a low-carbon and sustainable energy supply. EEX runs a regulated, transparent marketplace for emissions trading certificates, enabling market participants to meet their obligations regarding the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. With increasing flexibility and new products, EEX markets are opening up a growing market share for renewable energy in electricity trading. Among them are the new derivatives allowing market participants to hedge against increasing price peaks and weather risks.