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iShares MSCI Taiwan ETF USD Acc ITWAX Sustainability

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Sustainability Analysis

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Sustainability Summary

iShares MSCI Taiwan ETF has a number of positive attributes that a sustainability-focused investor may find appealing.

This fund lands in the 10% of strategies with the lowest ESG risk in the Greater China Equity category, earning it the highest Morningstar Sustainability Rating of 5 globes. 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 MSCI Taiwan ETF is its low Morningstar Portfolio Carbon Risk Score of 6.14 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. The fund has no exposure to high or 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.

iShares MSCI Taiwan ETF is not classified by its manager as either an Article 8 or Article 9 fund under the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation. Article 8 and Article 9 funds promote environmental or sustainable characteristics or have a sustainable investment strategy, respectively, and hence would have a higher probability to drive positive ESG outcomes.

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