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US Vegan Climate ETF VEGN Sustainability

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US Vegan Climate ETF has a number of positive attributes that a sustainability-focused investor may find appealing.

This strategy holds securities with low exposure to ESG risk relative to those of its peers in the Morningstar US Equity Large Cap Growth category, earning it the highest Morningstar Sustainability Rating of 5 globes. 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.

US Vegan Climate ETF holds itself out to be a sustainable or ESG-focused investment. In other words, ESG concerns are central to the investment process of this strategy. A fund with an ESG-focused mandate would have a higher probability to drive positive ESG outcomes. One key area of strength for US Vegan Climate ETF is its low Morningstar Portfolio Carbon Risk Score of 3.54 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.

Us Vegan Climate Etf shows 26.0% involvement in carbon solutions. This percentage is high in absolute terms and surpasses the 15.3% average involvement of its peers in the Large Growth category. Carbon solutions include products and services related to renewable energy, energy efficiency, green buildings, green transportation, and so on.

The fund has significant exposure (12.83%) to companies with high or severe controversies. Companies with controversies may be involved in incidents such as corruption, employee abuses, environmental incidents, and corporate scandals that pose some degree of business risks to the company. 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.

By prospectus, the fund aims to avoid, or limit its exposure to, companies associated with controversial weapons, tobacco, and and small arms. The fund mostly fulfills this goal; however, it does exhibit 0.19% exposure to companies involved in small arms. This compares with 0.44% for its average peer in the US Equity Large Cap Growth category.

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