The Jantzi Social Index (JSI) was launched in January 2000 in partnership with Dow Jones Indexes. It is a socially screened, market capitalization-weighted common stock index modeled on the S&P/TSX 60 consisting of 50 Canadian companies that pass broad set of ESG criteria. The JSI has begun to generate the first definitive data on the effects of social screening on financial performance in Canada.
Sustainalytics developed a thorough ratings framework for the JSI that calls for an in-depth examination of a company’s (historical) performance in social areas such as aboriginal relations, community involvement, corporate governance, employee relations, the environment and human rights. The JSI excludes companies that have significant involvement in nuclear power, tobacco and weapons-related contracting. For more information, please see the methodology.
In 2001, Meritas Mutual Funds launched the Social Index Fund, an RRSP eligible mutual fund that invests in common shares of companies that comprise the JSI. The fund’s holdings of each company match the sector and industry weights, as well as the relative market capitalizations, of the JSI. Please see Meritas Mutual Funds for more information.
In 2007, iShares launched the first socially responsible Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) in Canada, the iShares Jantzi Social Index Fund (XEN). XEN is designed for socially responsible investors to help attain diversification in their portfolios.