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ESG label - independent awards for sustainable investment solutions

Sustainable investments, so-called ESG investments, are becoming increasingly important.  As the market for ESG funds is booming, it is difficult for investors to gain an overview and identify trustworthy investment products.

With their hallmarks of objective standards, credibility, and transparency, independent ESG labels provide clarity and, therefore, act as a compass for investors when they are choosing sustainable investment solutions.

For the third time, the Forum Nachhaltige Geldanlagen (FNG), a sustainable investment forum that operates in German-speaking countries, has awarded the FNG label to various mutual funds of MainFirst. Six funds meet the required FNG standards and scored additional points in the areas of institutional credibility, product standards, and selection and dialogue strategy. All funds now received two stars for a particularly rigorous and comprehensive sustainability strategy.

The quality standard for sustainable investments

The FNG label is the quality standard for sustainable investment funds in German-speaking countries. It was launched in 2015 after a three-year development process involving key stakeholders. The associated sustainability certification must be renewed annually.

The holistic methodology of the FNG label is based on a minimum standard. This includes transparency criteria and the consideration of labor & human rights, environmental protection and anti-corruption as summarized in the globally recognized UN Global Compact. In addition, all companies in the respective fund must be explicitly analyzed for sustainability criteria. Investments in nuclear power, coal mining, significant coal-based power generation, fracking, oil sands, weapons and armaments are taboo.

The FNG label goes far beyond a mere portfolio analysis and is holistic and meaningful. Elements such as reporting, the fund company as such, an external sustainability advisory board and issues of good corporate governance play an important role.

The auditor of the FNG label is the University of Hamburg and the Qualitätssicherungsgesellschaft Nachhaltiger Geldanlagen mbH (QNG) bears overall responsibility.

The FNG label

  • Ensures holistic quality
  • Ensures minimum standards
  • Checks externally and independently
  • Oriented in the search for credible sustainability investments
  • Promotes the dissemination and further development of sound sustainable investment approaches
  • Expands sales channels for fund providers

The advantages of the FNG label for investors

  • Ensuring the sustainability of the investment
  • Feel-good factor: Investment does not flow into excluded business areas and practices
  • Experienced quality control of the investment, certified by an independent third party and additionally monitored externally
  • Objective external assessment vs. own information of the fund provider
  • Comparability & less information effort

The FNG-certified MainFirst Fund

Six MainFirst funds have been awarded the FNG label, the quality standard for sustainable investment funds in the German-speaking financial markets. They meet the required FNG standards and are awarded one or two stars for additional quality.
All of the award-winning funds scored additional points in the areas of institutional credibility, product standards and for the selection and dialogue strategy.

 The following investment funds received the label with additional stars for a particularly rigorous and comprehensive sustainability strategy: 

Two stars:

The FNG Sustainability Profile 

The FNG Sustainability Profile provides an overview of the sustainability criteria used and other key data on the fund and serves as a guide for selecting sustainable retail funds. The FNG Sustainability Profile is based on the FNG-Matrix - a database for all information about sustainable mutual funds. The following MainFirst Fund FNG sustainability profiles (in German language) at a glance for you: