Exchange in Focus: Santiago Exchange Launch the S&P IPSA ESG Tilted Index

21 January 2021

S&P Dow Jones Indices (“S&P DJI”) and the Santiago Exchange, announced the debut of the S&P IPSA ESG Tilted Index, the latest in S&P DJI’s growing family of global ESG indices based on some of the world’s most highly-tracked regional and country-specific benchmarks. The index uses rules-based selection criteria based on relevant ESG principles to select and weight its constituents from the S&P IPSA, Chile’s headline stock index, measuring the performance of the largest and most liquid stocks listed on the Santiago Exchange. The objective is to give investors core exposure to the Chilean equities market while providing a significant boost in ESG score performance. “Last year, ESG undeniably asserted itself as an essential strategy for the mainstream investor as the COVID-19 pandemic and social justice issues put the importance and relevance of corporate sustainability data and principles firmly in the spotlight,” said Reid Steadman, Managing Director and Global Head of ESG Indices at S&P DJI. “We are thrilled to work with the Santiago Exchange to continue expanding our ESG strategy in Latin America with the launch of the S&P IPSA ESG Tilted Index. This new index will be a useful tool for investors looking to bring ESG principles into the core of their investment portfolios with the goal of attaining performance largely in line with the Chilean equity market.” “Sustainability is a strategic cornerstone for the Santiago Exchange and the basis for our mission to publicize, disseminate and promote ESG best practices. As capital market articulators, by launching this new index we seek to encourage companies to manage ESG factors with the highest standards, while providing tools for better investment decision-making in order to boost the sustainable development of the market, and to allow Chilean issuers to position themselves globally”, said José Antonio Martínez, CEO of the Santiago Exchange.

Part of a global trend

Over 40 markets world-wide are covered by sustainability-related indexes. To learn more, visit the SSE’s database of stock exchange sustainability activities. Currently, the database has data on 105 stock exchanges and tracks progress on key activities where exchanges are promoting sustainable business and investment practices. It is the largest data set of its kind and the data is freely accessible.   

About the SSE

​The SSE initiative is a UN Partnership Programme organised by UNCTAD, the UN Global Compact, UNEP FI and the PRI. The SSE’s mission is to provide a global platform for exploring how exchanges, in collaboration with investors, companies (issuers), regulators, policymakers and relevant international organizations, can enhance performance on ESG (environmental, social and corporate governance) issues and encourage sustainable investment, including the financing of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The SSE seeks to achieve this mission through an integrated programme of conducting evidence-based policy analysis, facilitating a network and forum for multi-stakeholder consensus-building, and providing technical assistance and advisory services.