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JP Morgan has launched JP Morgan Ethos Investments, a sustainable investments platform offering a comprehensive suite of tools for institutions and distributors looking to create tailored Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) products.
The new platform aims to offer the industry’s most diverse range of fully-customisable products for clients looking to deploy capital in ESG-focused investments.
“We have seen first-hand the rapid rise in demand for ESG based products, as clients realise that the returns can be just as rewarding as with traditional products,” says Tim Throsby, Global Head of Equities at JP Morgan. “In what has previously been a fragmented market, this platform is designed to allow clients to choose from a wide range of benchmark indices and bespoke portfolios across asset classes. We expect it to open up a whole new investment base for companies that demonstrate strong ESG credentials, and bring opportunities for investors.”
Through JP Morgan’s extensive partnerships with specialist index providers and asset managers, investors can receive exposure to assets selected for their ESG performance. Investors can elect between passive indices, actively managed funds and bespoke portfolios, across equity, credit and fixed income. JP Morgan will also include green and social bonds issued by highly rated supranational and corporate entities in the platform to combine principal protection and equity-linked upside potential.
The JP Morgan Ethos Investments platform was designed to combine financial performance with clients’ sustainability priorities, and those clients will also benefit from the full scale of JP Morgan’s global presence and ability to customise investments to suit particular needs. At launch, JP Morgan is partnering with index provider S&P Dow Jones Indices on a new range of indices.
“We are proud to be a part of the JP Morgan Ethos Investments platform by providing a range of new climate change and ESG indices to it, starting with the upcoming launch of the S&P Europe 350 Climate Change LVHD Index,” says Alex Matturri, CEO of S&P Dow Jones Indices. “As a leading index provider, we have a wealth of knowledge and experience when it comes to creating innovative climate change and ESG indices. We are excited to be working with JP Morgan to develop the new range of indices which will bring greater benchmarking and measurement tools to investors through the JP Morgan Ethos Investments platform.”
JP Morgan is one of the largest underwriters of green bonds globally, and products offered on the platform will build on its historical cooperation with the World Bank in the green and sustainable bond market.
“The World Bank (IBRD) issues bonds to finance development activities that achieve a positive social impact in its membesaysr countries,” said Heike Reichelt, Head of Investor Relations and New Products, World Bank. “JP Morgan’s new sustainable investments platform is a welcome addition to expanding opportunities for investors who are looking to do well financially, while supporting investments that have a positive impact. It will also help deepen our collaboration with JP Morgan in offering the World Bank’s bonds for sustainable development to investors.”
“This year marks an important milestone for the international community with the agreement of the Global Goals that chart a new course for development over the next 15 years. Achieving these ambitious goals will require increased partnership between the public and private sector.”
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