Exchange-traded fund
Vanguard Emerging Markets Stock Index Fund
Ticker VWO
Fund manager
Vanguard
Deforestation grade: Fund is invested in deforestation-risk agricultural commodity producer/traders, above the threshold of 0.5% and below 1.5%. Assigned a grade of D.
How we track deforestation-risk investments
D
5.09%
INVESTED IN DEFORESTATION-RISK COMPANIES
producers
AGRIBUSINESS
deforestation-risk producers and traders of palm oil, paper/pulp, rubber, timber, cattle, and soy
banks
BANKS AND LENDERS
that finance deforestation-risk agribusiness producers via lending and underwriting
consumers
MAJOR CONSUMER BRANDS
that use deforestation-risk agribusiness commodities in products
85
holdings flagged
5.09%
of assets flagged
This fund contains
 $5.26 BILLION invested 
in holdings flagged for deforestation risk
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producers
Commodity producers
41 holdings
1.32% of assets
$1.36 BILLION invested
banks
Banks and lenders
17 holdings
2.27% of assets
$2.34 BILLION invested
consumers
Major consumer brands
35 holdings
1.79% of assets
$1.85 BILLION invested
Commodity producers
Commodity producers
41 HOLDINGS
Companies that produce and trade palm oil, paper/pulp, rubber, timber, cattle, and soy, and have a past record or a significant risk of contributing to deforestation, land grabbing, and human rights abuses. Investing in any of these companies assigns a fund a grade of C if total producer exposure is below the threshold of 0.5%; a grade of D if below 1.5%; and a grade of F if above 1.5%.
41 HOLDINGS
  • % of portfolio
    $ invested
  • 1. Ptt PCL
    Palm oil producer
    0.22%0.22% of portfolio
    $229.43M$229.43M invested
    Palm oil producer
  • 2. JBS SA
    Soy producerCattle producerPaper/pulp producer
    0.15%0.15% of portfolio
    $152.75M$152.75M invested
    Soy producerCattle producerPaper/pulp producer
  • 3. PT Astra International Tbk
    Palm oil producer
    0.14%0.14% of portfolio
    $143.57M$143.57M invested
    Palm oil producer
  • 4. Suzano SA
    Timber producerPaper/pulp producer
    0.11%0.11% of portfolio
    $115.57M$115.57M invested
    Timber producerPaper/pulp producer
  • 5. Sime Darby Plantation Bhd
    Rubber producerPalm oil producer
    0.06%0.06% of portfolio
    $58.05M$58.05M invested
    Rubber producerPalm oil producer
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Banks and lenders
Banks and lenders
17 HOLDINGS
Financial institutions directly and indirectly involved in underwriting and lending to deforestation-risk producers and traders. Investing in any of these companies assigns a fund a grade of B (assuming there are no investments in producers).
17 HOLDINGS
  • % of portfolio
    $ invested
  • 1. Industrial And Commercial Bank Of China Ltd Class H
    0.65%0.65% of portfolio
    $677.38M$677.38M invested
  • 2. Bank Of China Ltd Class H
    0.42%0.42% of portfolio
    $432.52M$432.52M invested
  • 3. PT Bank Rakyat Indonesia (Persero) Tbk Class B
    0.28%0.28% of portfolio
    $291.97M$291.97M invested
  • 4. Public Bank Bhd
    0.21%0.21% of portfolio
    $217.76M$217.76M invested
  • 5. Malayan Banking Bhd
    0.2%0.2% of portfolio
    $208.05M$208.05M invested
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Major consumer brands
Major consumer brands
35 HOLDINGS
Consumer goods retailers that source palm oil, paper/pulp, rubber, timber, cattle, and soy from deforestation-risk producers and traders and sell it to consumers worldwide. Investing in any of these companies assigns a fund a grade of B (assuming there are no investments in producers).
35 HOLDINGS
  • % of portfolio
    $ invested
  • 1. Hindustan Unilever Ltd
    Palm oil major consumer brand
    0.37%0.37% of portfolio
    $379.19M$379.19M invested
    Palm oil major consumer brand
  • 2. Li Ning Co Ltd
    Cattle major consumer brandPaper/pulp major consumer brand
    0.24%0.24% of portfolio
    $250.74M$250.74M invested
    Cattle major consumer brandPaper/pulp major consumer brand
  • 3. China Mengniu Dairy Co Ltd
    Soy major consumer brandPaper/pulp major consumer brandPalm oil major consumer brand
    0.22%0.22% of portfolio
    $223.14M$223.14M invested
    Soy major consumer brandPaper/pulp major consumer brandPalm oil major consumer brand
  • 4. Uni-President Enterprises Corp
    Soy major consumer brandPaper/pulp major consumer brandPalm oil major consumer brand
    0.15%0.15% of portfolio
    $157.27M$157.27M invested
    Soy major consumer brandPaper/pulp major consumer brandPalm oil major consumer brand
  • 5. JBS SA
    Soy major consumer brandCattle major consumer brand
    0.15%0.15% of portfolio
    $152.75M$152.75M invested
    Soy major consumer brandCattle major consumer brand
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DATA AS OF 5/31/22
Financial performance
Performance data provided byMorningstarFind more financial data on VWO at Morningstar.com
Current fund
VWO
Vanguard Emerging Markets Stock Index Fund
Family
Vanguard
Category
Diversified Emerging Mkts
vs.
Benchmark
ACWX
iShares MSCI ACWI ex U.S. ETF
Family
iShares from BlackRock
Category
Foreign Large Blend
Fund comparison settings
Investment timeline
Performance as of: 6/30/22
1 year
3 years
5 years
10 years
Benchmark
Suggested: MSCI ACWI Ex USA
ACWX - iShares MSCI ACWI ex U.S. ETF
Fund comparison results
Compared to the benchmark, this fund has:
Lower 10-yr returns 
-1.47% less in annualized returns
Less invested in commodity producers 
0.16% less invested
Less invested in banks and lenders 
2.17% less invested
Less invested in major consumer brands 
6.8% less invested
Current fund
VWO
Vanguard Emerging Markets Stock Index Fund
Family
Vanguard
Category
Diversified Emerging Mkts
vs.
Benchmark
ACWX
iShares MSCI ACWI ex U.S. ETF
Family
iShares from BlackRock
Category
Foreign Large Blend
Fund comparison settings
Investment timeline
Performance as of: 6/30/22
1 year
3 years
5 years
10 years
Benchmark
Suggested: MSCI ACWI Ex USA
ACWX - iShares MSCI ACWI ex U.S. ETF
Fund comparison results
Compared to the benchmark, this fund has:
Lower 10-yr returns 
-1.47% less in annualized returns
Less invested in commodity producers 
0.16% less invested
Less invested in banks and lenders 
2.17% less invested
Less invested in major consumer brands 
6.8% less invested
Current fund
VWO
Vanguard Emerging Markets Stock Index Fund
Family
Vanguard
Category
Diversified Emerging Mkts
vs.
Benchmark
ACWX
iShares MSCI ACWI ex U.S. ETF
Family
iShares from BlackRock
Category
Foreign Large Blend
Fund comparison settings
Investment timeline
Performance as of: 6/30/22
1 year
3 years
5 years
10 years
Benchmark
Suggested: MSCI ACWI Ex USA
ACWX - iShares MSCI ACWI ex U.S. ETF
Fund comparison results
Compared to the benchmark, this fund has:
Lower 10-yr returns 
-1.47% less in annualized returns
Less invested in commodity producers 
0.16% less invested
Less invested in banks and lenders 
2.17% less invested
Less invested in major consumer brands 
6.8% less invested
Month-end trailing returns  
Annualized returns
Deforestation analysis
1-yr
3-yr
5-yr
10-yr
Commodity producers
This fund
VWO - Vanguard Emerging Markets Stock Index Fund
-21.05%
2.1%
3.15%
3.26%
1.32% 
Benchmark
ACWX - iShares MSCI ACWI ex U.S. ETF
-19.21%
1.28%
2.46%
4.74%
1.48% 
Fund compared to benchmark
 
-1.84%
0.82%
0.69%
-1.47%
0.16%  lower
Find more financial data on VWO at Morningstar.com
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