Transparency Index™

EXCLUDED Industry:

Summary of Methodology

Transparency Index™ methodology applies the exclusionary screening process to filter out industries that do not align with a positive impact on investment performance and the well-being of people.

Description of Industry

Confectionery industry is comprised of companies that produce chocolate, chewing gum, candy and other products made from cocoa. All confectionery categories are characterized by their significant use of sugar and are generally low in micronutrients.

Reason for Exclusion

  1. Confectionery industry failed three transparency factors: Terms and Conditions, Cost and Trust
  2. 1.5 Million child laborers in chocolate industry.
  3. Negatively impacts performance.

Harmful Impact

Investment in confectionery production and use have adverse impacts on human, societal and environmental well-being.

  • 1.5 Million Child Laborers in Chocolate Industry Many trafficked as slaves.1
  • Heart Disease Related Death 2x More Likely
    with a daily diet that includes 25% added sugar.2
  • Alzheimer’s Linked to Sugar
    Type 2 diabetes patients twice as likely to get Alzheimer’s.3
  • 23% Increased Risk of Anxiety and Depression
    in patients with high sugar intake.4
  • Confectionery Industry Economic Burden =1.3T5

Performance Impact

The Transparency Index 5-year cumulative dollarized return is more than 1.9 times higher than the S&P 500 Index and 2.7 times higher than the S&P 500 Confectionery Portfolio.

Transparency Index Performance Impact vs. S&P 500 - Confectionery Industry


  • The graph shows cumulative returns for the period from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2021
  • Starting value $10,000 hypothetical investment, assuming no withdrawal and no dividends
  • Past performance is not an indicator of future performance
  • View Annualized Returns*

*The Transparency 100 Index (the “Index”) commenced on June 16th, 2021 following the market close. All information presented prior to this date is back-tested. Back-tested performance is hypothetical performance, not actual performance. Back-tested performance is prepared by retrospectively applying the Index methodology to historical information with the benefit of hindsight.  Back-tested performance, therefore, does not reflect the results of actual trading.  Back-tested, as well as actual performance, are not indicative of future results.  The back-tested performance uses the same methodology that was in effect when the Index officially launched on June 16th, 2021. The back-tested performance shown in this presentation are unaudited, and do not reflect the investment of dividends or other earnings. The Index does not reflect the reinvestment of dividends.