Socially responsible ETFs

There are 114 ETFs that invest in what they consider to be socially responsible companies. Everybody's idea of a socially responsible company is different, so these ETFs are using a wide variety of approaches. Many of these ETFs use the term "ESG" to refer to the concept of selecting companies using "environmental, social and governance characteristics".

Asset AllocationUS4
Global EquityDeveloped markets1
Global EquityDeveloped markets ex-US9
Global EquityEmerging markets8
Global EquityGlobal5
Global EquityGlobal ex-US3
Global Equity Single country1
Global EquitySingle industry1
Global Fixed IncomeEmerging markets1
US Equity Broad market9
US EquitySocially responsible57
US Fixed Income Broad market4
US Fixed Income Corporate bonds11

The number of socially responsible ETFs continues to grow, as shown by this table:

Year of InceptionCount

Note that there were actually even more ETFs launched then this table shows, as we are only displaying the launch dates of ETFs still active in our database. There were more ETFs that were launched during these years that have since been closed down by their sponsor.

More and more ETFs are being launched that combine socially responsible investing with other investment factors:

Number of Factors UsedCount

Here are the socially responsible ETFs, if you want to read some examples of the approaches taken by these ETFs:

SymbolDescriptionInception DateCategoryActions
SUSAiShares MSCI USA ESG Select ETF01/24/2005US EquityAnalyze
DSIiShares KLD 400 Social Index Fund ETF11/14/2006US EquityAnalyze
RESPWisdomTree U.S. ESG ETF02/23/2007US EquityAnalyze
VIDIVident International Equity ETF10/29/2013Global EquityAnalyze
WILBarclays Women in Leadership ETN07/10/2014US EquityAnalyze
RODIBarclays Return on Disability ETN09/15/2014US EquityAnalyze
CRBNiShares MSCI ACWI Low Carbon Target ETF12/08/2014Global EquityAnalyze
ETHOEtho Climate Leadership US ETF11/19/2015US EquityAnalyze
SPYXSPDR S&P 500 Fossil Fuel Free ETF11/30/2015US EquityAnalyze
SHESPDR SSGA Gender Diversity Index ETF03/07/2016US EquityAnalyze
RESEWisdomTree Emerging Markets ESG ETF04/07/2016Global EquityAnalyze
CATHGlobal X S&P 500 Catholic Values ETF04/18/2016US EquityAnalyze
ESGSColumbia Sustainable U.S. Equity Income ETF06/13/2016US EquityAnalyze
ESGDiShares MSCI EAFE ESG Optimized ETF06/28/2016Global EquityAnalyze
ESGEiShares MSCI EM ESG Optimized ETF06/28/2016Global EquityAnalyze
KRMAGlobal X Conscious Companies ETF07/11/2016US EquityAnalyze
ESGFlexShares STOXX US ESG Impact ETF07/13/2016US EquityAnalyze
ESGGFlexShares STOXX Global ESG Impact ETF07/13/2016Global EquityAnalyze
RESDWisdomTree International ESG ETF11/03/2016Global EquityAnalyze
ESGUiShares MSCI USA ESG Optimized ETF12/01/2016US EquityAnalyze
NULGNuShares ESG Large-Cap Growth ETF12/13/2016US EquityAnalyze
NULVNuShares ESG Large-Cap Value ETF12/13/2016US EquityAnalyze
NUMGNuShares ESG Mid-Cap Growth ETF12/13/2016US EquityAnalyze
NUMVNuShares ESG Mid-Cap Value ETF12/13/2016US EquityAnalyze
NUSCNuShares ESG Small-Cap ETF12/13/2016US EquityAnalyze
BLESInspire Global Hope Large Cap ETF02/28/2017Global EquityAnalyze
ISMDInspire Small/Mid Cap Impact ETF02/28/2017US EquityAnalyze
LRGEClearBridge Large Cap Growth ESG ETF05/20/2017US EquityAnalyze
YLDEClearBridge Dividend Strategy ESG ETF05/20/2017US EquityAnalyze
NUDMNuShares ESG International Developed Markets Equity ETF06/06/2017Global EquityAnalyze
NUEMNuShares ESG Emerging Markets Equity ETF06/06/2017Global EquityAnalyze
SUSBiShares ESG 1-5 Year USD Corporate Bond ETF07/11/2017US Fixed Income Analyze
MXDUNationwide Maximum Diversification US Core Equity ETF09/15/2017US EquityAnalyze
NUBDNuShares ESG U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF09/29/2017US Fixed IncomeAnalyze
CHGXChange Finance Diversified Impact U.S. Large Cap Fossil Fuel Free ETF10/09/2017US EquityAnalyze
BIBLInspire 100 ETF10/25/2017US EquityAnalyze
ESMLiShares MSCI USA Small-Cap ESG Optimized ETF04/10/2018US EquityAnalyze
JUSTGoldman Sachs JUST U.S. Large Cap Equity ETF06/07/2018US EquityAnalyze
NACPImpact Shares NAACP Minority Empowerment ETF07/12/2018US EquityAnalyze
EASGXtrackers MSCI EAFE ESG Leaders Equity ETF09/05/2018Global EquityAnalyze
SDGAImpact Shares Sustainable Development Goals Global Equity ETF09/20/2018Global EquityAnalyze
USSGXtrackers MSCI USA ESG Leaders Equity ETF03/07/2019US EquityAnalyze
TPHDTimothy Plan High Dividend Stock ETF05/01/2019US EquityAnalyze
SUSLiShares ESG MSCI USA Leaders ETF05/09/2019US EquityAnalyze
ECLNFirst Trust EIP Carbon Impact ETF08/20/2019US Equity Analyze
NUHYNuveen ESG High Yield Corporate Bond ETF09/26/2019US Fixed IncomeAnalyze
WWJDInspire International ESG ETF10/01/2019Global EquityAnalyze
TPIFTimothy Plan International ETF12/02/2019Global EquityAnalyze
TPSCTimothy Plan US Small Cap Core ETF12/02/2019US Equity Analyze
IQSIIQ Candriam ESG International Equity ETF12/17/2019Global EquityAnalyze
IQSUIQ Candriam ESG US Equity ETF12/17/2019US EquityAnalyze
SPUSSP Funds S&P 500 Sharia Industry Exclusions ETF12/18/2019US EquityAnalyze
RAFEPIMCO RAFI ESG U.S. ETF12/19/2019US EquityAnalyze
LDEMiShares ESG MSCI EM Leaders ETF02/07/2020Global EquityAnalyze
ECOZTrueMark ESG Active Opportunities ETF03/02/2020US EquityAnalyze
ESCRXtrackers Bloomberg Barclays US Investment Grade Corporate ESG ETF05/12/2020US Fixed Income Analyze
ESEBXtrackers J.P. Morgan ESG Emerging Markets Sovereign ETF05/12/2020Global Fixed IncomeAnalyze
ESHYXtrackers J.P. Morgan ESG USD High Yield Corporate Bond ETF05/12/2020US Fixed IncomeAnalyze
DMXFiShares ESG Advanced MSCI EAFE ETF06/18/2020Global EquityAnalyze
EAOAiShares ESG Aware Aggressive Allocation ETF06/18/2020Asset AllocationAnalyze
EAOKiShares ESG Aware Conservative Allocation ETF06/18/2020Asset AllocationAnalyze
EAOMiShares ESG Aware Moderate Allocation ETF06/18/2020Asset AllocationAnalyze
EAORiShares ESG Aware Growth Allocation ETF06/18/2020Asset AllocationAnalyze
USXFiShares ESG Advanced MSCI USA ETF06/18/2020US EquityAnalyze
CEFAGlobal X S&P Catholic Values Developed ex-U.S. ETF06/24/2020Global EquityAnalyze
EUSBiShares ESG Advanced Total USD Bond Market ETF06/25/2020US Fixed Income Analyze
ESGAAmerican Century Sustainable Equity ETF07/15/2020US EquityAnalyze
EFIVSPDR S&P 500 ESG ETF07/28/2020US EquityAnalyze
KESGKraneShares MSCI China ESG Leaders Index ETF07/29/2020Global Equity Analyze
HYXFiShares ESG Advanced High Yield Corporate Bond ETF09/15/2020US Fixed IncomeAnalyze
VCEBVanguard ESG U.S. Corporate Bond ETF09/24/2020US Fixed Income Analyze
XJHiShares ESG Screened S&P Mid-Cap ETF09/24/2020US EquityAnalyze
XJRiShares ESG Screened S&P Small-Cap ETF09/24/2020US Equity Analyze
XVViShares ESG Screened S&P 500 ETF09/24/2020US EquityAnalyze
EMXFiShares ESG Advanced MSCI EM ETF10/08/2020Global EquityAnalyze
RBNDSPDR Bloomberg SASB Corporate Bond ESG Select ETF11/10/2020US Fixed Income Analyze
JCTRJPMorgan Carbon Transition U.S. Equity ETF12/10/2020US Equity Analyze
AVDGAVDR US LargeCap ESG ETF12/30/2020US EquityAnalyze
LOPPGabelli Love Our Planet & People ETF02/01/2021US EquityAnalyze
HKNDHumankind US Stock ETF02/24/2021US EquityAnalyze
MIDEXtrackers S&P MidCap 400 ESG ETF02/24/2021US EquityAnalyze
SMLEXtrackers S&P SmallCap 600 ESG ETF02/24/2021US Equity Analyze
ERTHInvesco MSCI Sustainable Future ETF03/25/2021Global EquityAnalyze
LCTDBlackRock World ex U.S. Carbon Transition Readiness ETF04/08/2021Global EquityAnalyze
LCTUBlackRock U.S. Carbon Transition Readiness ETF04/08/2021US Equity Analyze
PLDRPutnam Sustainable Leaders ETF05/26/2021US Equity Analyze
JUSAJPMorgan ActiveBuilders U.S. Large Cap Equity ETF07/08/2021US Equity Analyze
KOCGFIS Knights of Columbus Global Belief ETF07/14/2021US EquityAnalyze
TPHETimothy Plan High Dividend Stock Enhanced ETF07/29/2021US EquityAnalyze
NWLGNuveen Winslow Large-Cap Growth ESG ETF08/05/2021US EquityAnalyze
EMCRXtrackers Emerging Markets Carbon Reduction and Climate Improvers ETF08/18/2021Global EquityAnalyze
JIBJanus Henderson Sustainable & Impact Core Bond ETF09/09/2021US Fixed IncomeAnalyze
SCRDJanus Henderson Sustainable Corporate Bond ETF09/09/2021US Fixed Income Analyze
SSPXJanus Henderson U.S. Sustainable Equity ETF09/09/2021US EquityAnalyze
SXUSJanus Henderson International Sustainable Equity ETF09/09/2021Global EquityAnalyze
FEIGFlexShares ESG & Climate Investment Grade Corporate Core Index ETF09/21/2021US Fixed Income Analyze
NUDVNuveen ESG Dividend ETF09/29/2021US EquityAnalyze
UBNDVictoryShares ESG Core Plus Bond ETF10/04/2021US Fixed IncomeAnalyze
UCRDVictoryShares ESG Corporate Bond ETF10/04/2021US Fixed Income Analyze
QQJGInvesco ESG NASDAQ Next Gen 100 ETF10/27/2021US EquityAnalyze
ESMViShares ESG MSCI USA Min Vol Factor ETF11/03/2021US EquityAnalyze
ELQDiShares ESG Advanced Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETF11/10/2021US Fixed Income Analyze
OALCOneAscent Large Cap Core ETF11/16/2021US EquityAnalyze
RSPEInvesco ESG S&P 500 Equal Weight ETF11/17/2021US EquityAnalyze
CTRUARK Transparency ETF12/08/2021US EquityAnalyze
RITAETFB Green SRI REITs ETF12/09/2021Global EquityAnalyze
BKESBNY Mellon Sustainable Global Emerging Markets ETF12/15/2021Global EquityAnalyze
BKISBNY Mellon Sustainable International Equity ETF12/15/2021Global EquityAnalyze
BKUSBNY Mellon Sustainable US Equity ETF12/15/2021US EquityAnalyze
GPALGoldman Sachs ActiveBeta Paris-Aligned Climate U.S. Large Cap Equity ETF12/15/2021US EquityAnalyze
VDNIV-Shares US Leadership Diversity ETF12/21/2021US EquityAnalyze
ESIXSPDR S&P SmallCap 600 ESG ETF01/11/2022US EquityAnalyze
REMGSPDR Bloomberg SASB Emerging Markets ESG Select ETF01/11/2022Global EquityAnalyze
PRAYFIS Biblically Responsible Risk Managed ETF02/08/2022US EquityAnalyze


The goal of these socially responsible ETFs is not necessarily to outperform the market. The largely "unwritten" rule seems to be that these ETFs wish to invest responsibly, without taking too much of a performance hit. You can compare the results of these ETFs compared to SPY using our tool ETF returns since inception.

All data is a live query from our database. The wording was last updated: 05/15/2017.

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