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iShares ESG 1-5 Year USD Corp Bd ETF SUSB Sustainability

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iShares ESG 1-5 Year USD Corp Bd ETF has several promising attributes that may appeal to sustainability-focused investors.

This fund has relatively low exposure to ESG risk compared with its peers in the US Fixed Income category, earning it the second highest Morningstar Sustainability Rating of 4 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.

Based on its latest prospectus, sustainability or ESG factors are a focus in the investment process of iShares ESG 1-5 Year USD Corp Bd ETF. Funds with ESG-focused mandates are more likely to deliver positive sustainability outcomes. iShares ESG 1-5 Year USD Corp Bd ETF has an asset-weighted Carbon Risk Score of 7.8, 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.

By prospectus, the fund aims to avoid, or limit its exposure to, companies associated with controversial weapons, tobacco, thermal coal, and and small arms. Yet this goal is far from achieved, as the fund exhibits 0.78%, 0.24%, and 0.63% exposure to controversial weapons, thermal coal, and small arms, respectively. This compares with 0.71%, 1.64%, and 0.29% for its average peer in the US Fixed Income category.

Currently, the fund has 7.7% involvement in fossil fuels, which is roughly in line with 8.7% for its average category peer. Companies are considered involved in fossil fuels if they derive some revenue from thermal coal, oil, and gas. The fund's 5.8% involvement in carbon solutions is roughly in line with the 4.5% average involvement of its peers in the Short-term Bond category. Carbon solutions include products and services related to renewable energy, energy efficiency, green buildings, green transportation, and so on. The fund has a modest level of exposure (6.79%) to companies with high or severe controversies. Companies with controversies are involved in incidents such as corruption, employee abuses, and 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. In addition, they controversies can damage the reputation of both companies themselves and their shareholders.

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