Whitepaper - April 2020

DAX® 50 ESG – The New Standard in German ESG Investing

The DAX® 50 ESG Index is the flagship index for sustainable equity investments in Germany and the most recent addition to the DAX® index offerings. The DAX® 50 ESG tracks the performance of a diversified portfolio of 50 largest, most liquid eligible German market stocks screened for Global Standards Screening, involvement in controversial weapons, tobacco, thermal coal, nuclear power and military contracting.

This research paper takes a look at the rationale behind the index construction, reviews its methodology and analyses its performance to that of appropriate benchmarks. The analysis aims to assist investors in their pursuit of an appropriate benchmark for sustainable German equity investments, or to evaluate suitability for index-linked products.

Authors

Ladi Williams

Product Manager

Anand Venkataraman

Head of Section, Product Management