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iShares US Tech Breakthrough Mltsctr ETF TECB Sustainability

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Sustainability Summary

iShares US Tech Breakthrough Mltsctr ETF has a number of attributes that may meet the expectations of sustainability-focused investors, despite some issues worthy of attention.

iShares US Tech Breakthrough Mltsctr ETF has an average Morningstar Sustainability Rating of 3 globes, indicating that the ESG risk of holdings in its portfolio is similar to that of its peers in the Technology Sector Equity category. Funds with 4 or 5 globes tend to hold securities that are less exposed to ESG risk. ESG risk provides investors with a signal that reflects to what degree their investments are exposed to risks related to material ESG issues, including climate change, biodiversity, product safety, community relations, data privacy and security, bribery and corruption, and corporate governance, that are not sufficiently managed. ESG risk differs from impact, which is about seeking positive environmental and social outcomes.

One key area of strength for iShares US Tech Breakthrough Mltsctr ETF is its low Morningstar Portfolio Carbon Risk Score of 2.71 and very low fossil fuel exposure over the past 12 months, which earns it the Morningstar Low Carbon Designation. Thus, the companies held in the portfolio are in general alignment with the transition to a low-carbon economy.

One potential issue for a sustainability-focused investor is that iShares US Tech Breakthrough Mltsctr ETF doesn’t have an ESG-focused mandate. A fund with an ESG-focused mandate would have a higher probability to drive positive ESG outcomes. The fund exhibits relatively high exposure (11.64%) to companies with high or severe controversies. Companies with controversies may be involved in incidents such as corruption, employee abuses, and environmental incidents that have a negative impact on stakeholders or the environment. Severe and high controversies can have significant financial repercussions, ranging from legal penalties to consumer boycotts. In addition, they can damage the reputation of both companies themselves and their shareholders.

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