Dimensional Announces Plans to Offer Four Sustainability ETFs

Austin, TX—April 7, 2022—Dimensional Fund Advisors, a global leader in systematic investing, continued expanding its exchange-traded funds (ETF) suite by filing a preliminary registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for four new sustainability-focused ETFs. The new funds are designed to pursue lower emissions exposure within portfolios that invest in US, developed international, and emerging market equities as well as global fixed income markets.

“Dimensional is dedicated to providing financial professionals with high-quality solutions to meet investors’ needs and align with their values, including growing interest in sustainability,” said Co-CEO Dave Butler. “The new ETFs build on Dimensional’s experience in managing sustainability strategies in mutual funds and separate accounts over the past decade.”

The ETFs included in today’s filing are:

• Dimensional US Sustainability Core 1 ETF
• Dimensional International Sustainability Core 1 ETF
• Dimensional Emerging Markets Sustainability Core 1 ETF
• Dimensional Global Sustainability Fixed Income ETF

Dimensional’s sustainability strategies, the first of which launched in 2008, offer a patented approach to applying environmental and other sustainability criteria within a robust investment framework. Drawing upon the firm’s work with leading scientists and experience integrating research and data within investment processes, Dimensional’s new strategies are designed to target measurable sustainability goals while seeking broad diversification, efficient cost management, and higher expected returns.

When listed, the four new funds will join a growing lineup of Dimensional ETFs, currently totaling 20 funds with approximately $48 billion in assets under management, further solidifying Dimensional as the largest active ETF issuer by AUM globally.1 Dimensional goes beyond indexing by using a flexible approach to systematically pursue higher expected returns in broadly diversified, low-cost investment solutions across asset classes and vehicle type. For equities, drivers of higher expected returns include size, relative price, and profitability. For fixed income, term and credit premiums largely drive relative performance.

“Our teams have conducted extensive research into ESG considerations and developed a measurable approach to systematically integrating sustainability data into our portfolios,” said Co-CEO and Chief Investment Officer Gerard O’Reilly. “Our approach applies what we believe is the best available data to help investors incorporate their sustainability values in portfolios without sacrificing sound investment principles.”    

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Dimensional is a leading global investment firm that has been translating academic research into practical investment solutions since 1981. Guided by a strong belief in markets, we help investors pursue higher expected returns through a systematic investment process that integrates research insights with advanced portfolio design, management, and trading, while balancing tradeoffs that can impact returns. Dimensional is headquartered in Austin, Texas, and has 14 global offices across North America, Europe, and Asia. As of December 31, 2021, Dimensional manages $679 billion for investors worldwide. For more information, please visit


1Data provided by Morningstar and Dimensional. Includes active global exchange-traded funds AUM as of 03/31/2022. Fund of funds excluded.


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