Whether because of personal convictions, risk-reduction objectives, or a changing regulatory landscape, investors are increasingly considering the importance of integrating environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues into their investment guidelines. RAFI ESG is a family of strategies that combine various ESG investing themes with the benefits of our leading smart beta construct.
Combining ESG with Smart Beta
Traditionally, most ESG strategies have been actively managed. Identifying active managers that outperform net of fees, and having the discipline to stick with them, is difficult. In addition, many actively managed ESG strategies lack transparency or are inconsistent in their application of ESG themes to individual stocks. By relying on the RAFI™ Fundamental Index approach, RAFI ESG strategies retain the benefits of traditional passive investing: simple, rules-based, transparent, and low cost, while offering the potential for outperformance.