Index Concepts

JUST Capital’s index concepts, based on our corporate performance data and proprietary rankings analysis, showcase the market performance and stakeholder impacts of varying ESG-related subsets and themes. If you are interested in learning more – including how to partner on one of the concepts featured – please complete this form and we’ll get in touch.

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Workers

When it comes to a company's workforce, JUST Capital measures whether a company (1) pays a fair, living wage, (2) protects worker health and safety, (3) provides benefits and work-life balance, (4) cultivates a diverse, and inclusive workplace, and (5) invests in workforce training.

Workers Concepts

Worker Leaders

According to the American public, workers represent the top priority for companies today, and our Top Quintile of Workers index concept helps investors support companies that are leading on the "S" of ESG, particularly for their workers. In 2022, we've seen signals from the SEC about new rules, complemented by market-specific voting guidelines from "big three" investors BlackRock, State Street and Vanguard. It is clear that human capital has moved from a niche concept to being recognized as a prime source of driving business value. JUST Capital has been a leader in tracking corporate performance on core human capital and worker-related issues. Our dataset covers five key Worker Issues encompassing 66 data points, including pay equity analysis, workforce diversity data, paid time off, paid parental leave, estimated percentage of workers making a living wage, CEO-to-median worker pay, and more. All five of our worker issues are among the top 10 priorities of the public and account for 40% of a company's score in our Rankings of America's Most JUST Companies.

Year-to-Date Returns
As Of Worker Leaders Russell 1000
05-20-2022 -11.42% -18.48%

Performance

Worker Leaders   Russell 1000

Sector Active Exposures vs. the Russell 1000

Worker Leaders

Career Development Leaders

The Top Quintile of Career Development index concept helps investors support companies that are leading on career development and workforce training. Americans identified career development as one of the top 10 issues companies should prioritize, and we track corporate performance on three data points: Average Hours of Training or Career Development Per Employee, Career Opportunities Rating, and Tuition Reimbursement. The Workforce Training & Career Development Issue accounts for 3.9%% of a company's score in our Rankings of America's Most JUST Companies.

Year-to-Date Returns
As Of Career Development Leaders Russell 1000
05-20-2022 -11.33% -18.48%

Performance

Career Development Leaders   Russell 1000

Sector Active Exposures vs. the Russell 1000

Career Development Leaders

Wage Leaders

The Top Quintile of Wages index concept helps investors support companies that are leading on addressing income inequality, particularly in regards to worker wages. "Pays a fair, living wage" has consistently remained the single most important issue in JUST Capital's annual survey research, and for decades, there has been a rapidly widening gulf between our nation's highest and lowest earners, evidenced in part by the growing discrepancy between CEO and median worker pay. Research shows that investing in wages not only supports workers, but also business outcomes such as productivity, innovation, customer satisfaction, and employee turnover and engagement. Our dataset covers five key Wage Metrics encompassing 11 data points, including CEO Compensation, Median Worker Pay, Fair Pay Score by Industry and Job Level, Estimated Percent of Workers Earning a Living Wage, and more. The "Pays a Fair, Living Wage" Issue accounts for 15.5% of a company's score in our Rankings of America's Most JUST Companies.

Year-to-Date Returns
As Of Wage Leaders Russell 1000
05-20-2022 -17.03% -18.48%

Performance

Wage Leaders   Russell 1000

Sector Active Exposures vs. the Russell 1000

Wage Leaders

DEI Leaders

The COVID-19 pandemic and national reckoning with racial injustice have thrust into sharp relief the results of centuries of economic inequality and systemic racism. While the pandemic and its accompanying economic devastation have affected so many, people of color and low-income communities have been hit exceptionally hard. Over 100 million people in America - that is one in three - are living in economic insecurity every day, many of whom are people of color. Such widespread economic insecurity is unsustainable and threatens the stability of our markets. According to JUST Capital's survey research, the American public agrees that cultivating a diverse, inclusive workplace is the fourth most important priority for companies today. As JUST Capital collects data on workforce demographics, pay equity, board diversity, and DEI policies, our unique datasets can be leveraged to create investable indexes constructed from top-quintile companies in the Russell 1000 that have greater racial & ethnic diversity and gender diversity, empowering investors to align their investment portfolios with companies that prioritize equity for all. Partnering with JUST Capital to launch a unique investment product geared toward incentivizing DEI also bolsters our programmatic work, including the CEO Blueprint for Racial Equity and the Corporate Racial Equity Tracker, driving further influence around these important issues.

Year-to-Date Returns
As Of DEI Leaders Russell 1000
05-20-2022 -14.51% -18.48%

Performance

DEI Leaders   Russell 1000

Sector Active Exposures vs. the Russell 1000

DEI Leaders

DEI & Career Development Leaders

According to JUST Capital's survey research, the American public agrees that cultivating a diverse, inclusive workplace and investing in workforce training are the fourth and tenth most important priorities for companies today, respectively. As JUST Capital collects data on workforce demographics, board diversity, pay equity, tuition reimbursement, internal hiring rates, and more, our unique datasets can be leveraged to create investable indexes constructed from top-quintile companies in the Russell 1000 that have greater racial & ethnic diversity, gender diversity, and workforce investment. We aim to empower investors to align their investment portfolios with companies that prioritize workforce equity and career opportunity for all. Partnering with JUST Capital to launch a unique investment product geared toward incentivizing DEI and Career Development also bolsters our programmatic work and research, including the CEO Blueprint for Racial Equity and the Corporate Racial Equity Tracker, driving further influence around these important issues.

Year-to-Date Returns
As Of DEI & Career Development Leaders Russell 1000
05-20-2022 -12.64% -18.48%

Performance

DEI & Career Development Leaders   Russell 1000

Sector Active Exposures vs. the Russell 1000

DEI & Career Development Leaders

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