The VETH ETF tracks the FTSE Australia 300 Choice Index and attempts to provide low-cost exposure to Australian shares, with an ethical filtering process to exclude shares of companies from particular industries and those which have demonstrated ‘severe controversies’.
The VETH ETF invests in Australian shares but will exclude shares of companies which do a “significant” amount of business involving fossil fuels, nuclear power, weapons, alcohol and tobacco, gambling, weapons, adult entertainment, as well as those with a record of ‘severe controversies’. The ETF also adds a diversification component which means it won’t invest 5% more or less than the ‘non-ethical’ version of the FTSE Australia 300 Index. In our opinion, this diversification filter attempts to ensure the VETH closely resembles a ‘normal’ or ‘non-ethical’ version of an Australian shares index ETF.
Investors could use the VETH ETF to get exposure to Australian shares, in a similar way to the Vanguard Australian Shares ETF (ASX: VAF), but with an ethical ‘overlay’ or ‘screen’ to avoid certain companies which might exhibit ‘unethical’ or ‘unsustainable’ tendendancies.
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