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WisdomTree US Earnings 500 ETF EPS Sustainability

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Sustainability Summary

WisdomTree US Earnings 500 Fund may not appeal to sustainability-conscious investors.

This fund has rather high exposure to ESG risk relative to its peers in the US Equity Large Cap Blend category, earning it the lowest Morningstar Sustainability Rating of 1 globe. Funds with 4 or 5 globes tend to hold securities that are less exposed to ESG risk. ESG risk measures the degree to which material environmental, social, and governance issues, such as climate change, biodiversity, human capital, as well as bribery and corruption, could affect valuations. ESG risk differs from impact, which is about driving positive environmental and social outcomes for society’s benefit.

One potential issue for a sustainability-focused investor is that WisdomTree US Earnings 500 Fund doesn’t have an ESG-focused mandate. Funds with an ESG-focused mandate are more likely to align with the expectations of an investor who cares about sustainability issues. Currently, the fund has 12.2% involvement in fossil fuels, surpassing 8.6% for the average peer in its category. Companies are considered involved in fossil fuels if they derive some revenue from thermal coal, oil, and gas. By prospectus, the fund aims to avoid, or limit its exposure to, companies associated with controversial weapons, tobacco, and and thermal coal. Yet this goal is far from achieved, as the fund exhibits 1.42%, 0.82%, and 1.0% exposure to controversial weapons, tobacco, and thermal coal, respectively. This compares with 1.55%, 0.42%, and 0.91% for its average peer in the US Equity Large Cap Blend category. The fund exhibits high exposure (13.15%) to companies with severe controversies. Controversies are incidents that have a negative impact on stakeholders or the environment, which create some degree of financial risk for the company. Examples of types of controversies include bribery and corruption scandals, workplace discrimination and environmental incidents. Severe and high controversies can have significant financial repercussions, ranging from legal penalties to consumer boycotts. Such controversies can also damage the reputation of both companies themselves and their shareholders.

WisdomTree US Earnings 500 Fund has an asset-weighted Carbon Risk Score of 9.1, indicating that its companies have low exposure to carbon-related risks. These are risks associated with the transition to a low-carbon economy such as increased regulation, changing consumer preferences, technological advancements, and stranded assets.

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