ETFGI reports assets invested in ESG, ETFs and ETPs listed globally have increased 84% year to date to a record US$371 billion at the end of November 2021

LONDON — December 17, 2021 — ETFGI, a leading independent research and consultancy firm covering trends in the global ETFs/ETPs ecosystem, reported today that the assets invested in Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) ETFs and ETPs listed globally reach a record US$371 billion at the end of November. ESG products gathered net inflows of US$16.63 billion during November, bringing year-to-date net inflows to US$146.84 billion which is much higher than the US$68.59 billion gathered at this point last year. Total assets invested in ESG ETFs and ETPs increased by 2.3% from US$362 billion at the end of October 2021 to US$371 billion, according to ETFGI’s November 2021 ETF and ETP ESG industry landscape insights report, an annual paid-for research subscription service.  (All dollar values in USD unless otherwise noted.)


  • Assets of $371 billion invested in ETFs and ETPs listed globally at the end of November are the highest on record. 
  • Record YTD 2021 net inflows of $146.84 Bn beating the prior record of $68.59 Bn gathered in YTD 2020. 
  • $146.84 Bn YTD net inflows are $59.98 Bn over full year 2020 record net inflows $86.86 Bn.  
  • $165.11 billion in net inflows gathered in the past 12 months. 
  • Assets increased 84.3% YTD in 2021, going from US$201 billion at end of 2020, to US$371 billion. 
  • 35th month of consecutive net inflows. 
  • Equity ETFs and ETPs listed globally gathered a record $111.40 Bn in YTD net inflows 2021. 

“Due to the growing threat of a new COVID variant Omicron, the S&P 500 declined 0.69% in November, however, the index is up 23.18% year to date. Developed markets, excluding the US, experienced a fall of 4.94% in November. Israel (down 1.03%) and the US (down 1.47%) experienced the smallest losses among the developed markets in November, while Luxembourg suffered the biggest loss of 16.90%. Emerging markets declined 3.53% during November. United Arab Emirates (up 8.15%) and Chile (up 5.51%) gained the most, whilst Turkey (down 13.72%) and Poland (down 11.95%) witnessed the largest declines.” According to Deborah Fuhr, managing partner, founder and owner of ETFGI. 

Global ESG ETF and ETP asset growth as at end of November 2021

The Global ESG ETF/ETP category had 872 products, with 2,468 listings, assets of $371 Bn, from 177 providers listed on 40 exchanges in 32 countries. 

Since the launch of the first ESG ETF/ETP in 2002, the iShares MSCI USA ESG Select ETF, the number and diversity of products have increased steadily. During November, 33 new ESG ETFs/ETPs were launched.

Substantial inflows can be attributed to the top 20 ETFs/ETPs by net new assets, which collectively gathered $6.85 Bn in November. iShares Trust iShares ESG Aware MSCI USA ETF (ESGU US) gathered $807 Mn the largest individual net inflow.

Top 20 ESG ETFs/ETPs by net new assets November 2021

NameTickerAssets(US$ Mn)Nov-21NNA(US$ Mn)YTD-21NNA(US$ Mn)Nov-21
iShares Trust iShares ESG Aware MSCI USA ETFESGU US24,123.287,469.83806.52
Mirae Asset TIGER China Electric Vehicle Solactive ETF371460 KS2,565.361,925.49635.58
iShares MSCI USA ESG Select ETFSUSA US4,497.901,541.41466.44
UBS Irl ETF Plc – MSCI ACWI ESG Universal Low Carbon Select UCITS ETFAWESG SW481.16491.62442.40
Lyxor Net Zero 2050 S&P Eurozone Climate PAB (DR) UCITS ETF – AccEPAB FP1,519.441,147.16434.05
UBS Lux Fund Solutions – Sustainable Development Bank Bonds UCITS ETF – Acc – AccMDBA GY734.16531.75337.75
Invesco Nasdaq-100 ESG UCITS ETF – AccNESP LN6.76645.31334.99
CSIF IE MSCI USA Small Cap ESG Leaders Blue UCITS ETF – AccUSSMC SW609.96424.31333.47
iShares ESG MSCI EAFE ETFESGD US7,064.302,950.45316.48
iShares MSCI USA SRI UCITS ETF – AccSUAS LN8,289.411,979.36285.09
iShares MSCI EM SRI UCITS ETF – AccSUES LN3,075.891,491.27258.14
Huatai-PineBridge CSI Photovoltaic Industry ETF515790 CH2,429.88333.90234.95
Amundi MSCI Emerging Ex China Esg Leaders Select UCITS ETF Dr – AccEMXG LN219.73231.27231.27
CTBC TIP Customized Taiwan Green Energy and Electric Vehicles ETF00896 TT209.81223.09213.06
iShares MSCI World SRI UCITS ETF – EUR – AccSUSW LN4,662.711,614.24210.55
UBS Lux Fund Solutions – MSCI Japan Socially Responsible UCITS ETF (JPY) A-disFRCJ GY816.33283.77208.28
Vanguard ESG International Stock ETFVSGX US2,956.931,362.88205.56
UBS Lux Fund Solutions – MSCI Emerging Markets Socially Responsible UCITS ETF (USD) A-disMSRUSA SW1,311.04627.53201.25
Vanguard ESG US Stock ETFESGV US6,022.492,112.08186.90

Confusion persists around what constitutes an ESG fund. According to PRI, a UN-supported initiative which seeks to understand the investment implications of ESG issues, 56% of adopters believe there is a lack of clarity in ESG definitions. ETFGI’s classification system attempts to provide greater precision, with ETFs/ETPs listed globally organised into categories, including core ESG products and theme-based groups, such as Clean/Alternative Energies and Gender Diversity. Please contact if you would like to discuss the cost to subscribe to any of ETFGI’s research or consulting services.

Announcing the dates for the 2022 ETFGI Global ETFs Insights Summits!

ETFGI, a leading independent research and consultancy firm covering trends in the global ETFs and ETPs ecosystem is excited to announce the dates have been set and registrations are open for our 2022 ETFGI Global ETFs Insights Summits!  

Over the past 10 years ETFGI has hosted a number of webinars and events. Our summits have evolved and expanded to provide in-depth discussion on the trends Investment Management and ETFs industry. The 6 annual events cover the global ETF landscape in terms of geography, asset classes, the types of ETFs, the growing categories of investors and the regulatory initiatives that are driving product development and product use and selection.

The events are designed as educational events for financial advisors and traders, portfolio managers, CIOs at buyside institutional investor to examine how ETFs are being traded, selected, and used and hear about the most current regulatory, index, active, product and trading developments impacting investors.

Exciting line up of speakers in fireside chats and panel discussions on timely and relevant topics with sponsor booths and virtual networking!

Free registration and CPD educational credits are offered to buy side institutional investors and financial advisors. The sessions are recorded so sessions can be watched later or watched again at your convenience.

2022 Virtual Events Schedule:

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Published on December 17, 2021

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