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

Metals & Minerals industry is comprised of companies involved in locating, excavating and processing metals and minerals such as aluminum, gold, silver, copper, iron, steel, lead and precious metals and minerals. Global reserves of metals and minerals are mined for profit and used in jewelry-making, industrial applications and investments.

Metals and Minerals industry, as defined by GICS sub-industry classification (Metals & Mining), includes Aluminum, Diversified Metals & Mining, Copper, Gold, Precious Metals & Minerals, Silver and Steel.

Reason for Exclusion

  1. Metals and Minerals industry failed two transparency factors: Terms and Conditions and Trust
  2. $2.9 billion economic burden associated with toxic mine cleanup.
  3. Negatively impacts performance.

Harmful Impact

Investment in Metals and Minerals production and use have adverse impacts on human and environmental well-being.
  • 1 Million Tons Toxic Mine Waste dumped into rivers, lakes and oceans annually1
  • Taxpayers Burdened with $2.9 Billion Toxic Mine Cleanup.2
  • Metal Mining Industry #1 U.S. Toxic Polluter.3

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 times higher than the S&P 500 Mining Industry Index.

Transparency Index Performance Impact vs. S&P 500 - Metals & Mining 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.