Theodoor Gilissen Bankiers N.V. in the Netherlands has launched the first passively-managedDutch equity fund based on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI). The Dutch assetmanager, which is focused on high net worth individuals and institutional clients, has set up theSustainable World Index Fund to track the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index ex Alcohol,Gambling, Tobacco, Armaments & Firearms (DJSI World ex All).
While asset managers in the Netherlands already offer a variety of active sustainability funds, we realized that there was no similar Dutch offering for passive sustainability-driven investments.With the Sustainable World Index Fund, we aim to fill this gap and to apply our index-tracking capabilities to this new and increasingly important investment style. We believe that the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes offer us the most rigorous and professional benchmarks to meet our clients demand in this area, says Rik Wolters, director of Theodoor Gilissen Bankiers N.V.With Theodoor Gilissen we have signed up our second licensee in the Netherlands and have increased the total number of sold DJSI licenses to 42. We are delighted that Gilissen chose our benchmarks for this new offering and we are looking forward to supporting their move into this growing market segment., says Alexander Barkawi, Managing Director of SAM Indexes.