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Transforming World

Explore themes related to the issues, trends, and opportunities reshaping the world today.
Ageing
Big Data
Bottom Billions
Climate Change
Cybersecurity
Ecommerce
Education
Energy Efficiency
Energy Storage
eSports
Future Food
Future Human
Future Mobility
Future Work
Hydrogen
Millenials + Gen Z
Obesity & Wellness
Pandemics
Post-COVID World
Public Infrastructure
Robots
Safety
Sharing Economy
Smart Cities
Space
Total Reality
Waste
Water

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Sustainable Development Goals

Explore themes addressing global challenges to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. Powered by MSCI.
No Poverty
Zero Hunger
Good Health and Well-Being
Quality Education
Gender Equality
Clean Water and Sanitation
Affordable & Clean Energy
Decent Work and Economic Growth
Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
Reduced Inequalities
Sustainable Cities and Communities
Responsible Consumption and Production
Climate Action
Life Below Water
Life on Land
Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions
Partnerships

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ESG Leaders in Communication Services
ESG Leaders in Consumer Discretionary
ESG Leaders in Consumer Staples
ESG Leaders in Energy
ESG Leaders in Financials
ESG Leaders in Healthcare
ESG Leaders in Industrials
ESG Leaders in Materials
ESG Leaders in Real Estate
ESG Leaders in Information Technology
ESG Leaders in Utilities

Environmental leaders

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Biodiversity & Land�Use
Carbon Emissions
Climate Change Vulnerability
Electronic Waste
Financing Environmental Impact
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Opportunities in Green Building
Opportunities in Renewable Energy
Packaging Materials & Waste
Product Carbon Footprint
Raw Material Sourcing
Toxic Emissions & Waste
Water Stress

Social leaders

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Access to Communications
Access to Financing
Access to Healthcare
Chemical Safety
Community Relations
Controversial Sourcing
Consumer Financial Protection
Health & Safety
Human Capital Development
Insuring Health & Demographic Risk
Labor Management
Opportunities In Nutrition & Health
Privacy & Data Security
Product Safety & Quality
Responsible Investment
Supply Chain Labor Standards

Governance leaders

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Corporate Behavior
Tax Transparency
Corporate Governance

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Transforming World

Align your portfolio with a transforming world

Transforming World uses proprietary research from BofA securities to help you find investment ideas related to issues, trends and opportunities reshaping the world around us.
Explore themes like:
  • Ecommerce
  • Millennial and Gen Z
  • Big Data
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