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VictoryShares Dividend Accelerator ETF VSDA Sustainability

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Sustainability Summary

VictoryShares Dividend Accelerator ETF may not appeal to sustainability-conscious investors.

The ESG risk of VictoryShares Dividend Accelerator ETF's holdings is comparable to its peers in the US Equity Large Cap Value category, thus earning an average Morningstar Sustainability Rating of 3 globes. Funds in the same category rated 4 or 5 globes tend to hold securities 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.

VictoryShares Dividend Accelerator ETF has an asset-weighted Carbon Risk Score of 9.8, 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.

One potential issue for a sustainability-focused investor is that VictoryShares Dividend Accelerator ETF doesn’t have an ESG-focused mandate. Funds with an ESG-focused mandate would have a higher probability to drive positive ESG outcomes.

Currently, the fund has 7.4% involvement in fossil fuels, which is roughly in line with 8.8% 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 has a modest level of exposure (4.28%) 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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