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We offer the leading 401(k) climate impact platform.1
The average 401(k) has 33x more emissions than the company itself. The AtmoSphere helps sustainability teams measure the financed emissions from 401(k)s, report those emissions, and learn how to work with benefits teams to reduce those emissions.Learn more
We run the first climate-friendly fund made for 401(k)s.2
The Sphere 500 Climate Fund (SPFFX) invests in the biggest 500 US companies, minus fossil fuel companies. We vote our shares for climate action. We designed this fund to check all the boxes fiduciaries look for in a 401(k) offering.Learn more
Believe it or not,
of Americans with 401(k)s are invested in fossil fuels.3
is invested in fossil fuels just through 401(k)s.
How is this possible?
of Americans are worried about climate change.
didn’t know they’re investing in fossil fuels through their 401(k).
are not happy their 401(k) is invested in fossil fuels when they find out.
401(k) investments in fossil fuels
Amounts invested in fossil fuels via company 401(k)s
Together we are changing this.
For the first time, there’s a company that’s entirely focused on helping you improve your 401(k) climate impact.
It can be hard to get a climate-friendly investment option onto a 401(k) plan. The AtmoSphere platform helps sustainability teams understand how to reduce 401(k) emissions without having to change providers, and the Sphere 500 Climate Fund (SPFFX) is a climate-friendly fund option that can be added to any existing retirement plan.
We created the Sphere 500 fund to offer a simple and transparent approach to sustainability that checks all the boxes that benefits teams look for when qualifying an investment fund for a 401(k) or 403(b) retirement savings plan.
We don't invest in fossil fuels
The first step in addressing climate change is to send a message to fossil fuel companies loud and clear: no more business as usual. It’s time for the status quo to change.
We do dramatically reduce emissions.
The Sphere 500 Climate Fund has lower emissions than the S&P 500, because it excludes fossil fuel companies and other major contributors to global emissions.
We do vote your shares for the planet.
Did you know that mutual funds vote on company shareholder proposals on your behalf? Most funds automatically vote however the board recommends. SPFFX votes for the planet.
“As a company focused on helping stop climate change, Voltus needed this solution. I was excited when so many on my team signed up and even happier when they told me how easy the process was.”
“A climate-friendly 401(k) option shows me my company actually cares about my views and the planet.”
“Companies around the world are making bold climate commitments. Adding Sphere is a no-brainer part of any climate plan.”
A strategy with a proven track record
Data shows that the approach of excluding fossil fuel companies—most of which are found in the S&P 500 Energy sector—can offer greater returns. With Sphere, you get a fund that aligns your values with your pocketbook.
S&P 500 Ex-Energy Total Return (Bloomberg: SPXXEGT)*
S&P 500 Total Return Index (Bloomberg: SPXT)
10 Year Cumulative Returns
* SPXT and SPXXEG compared as the growth of $10,000 from 3/28/13 through 3/31/23 per Bloomberg terminal. Past performance is no guarantee future results. Annualized returns are 12.24% for SPXT and 12.96% for SPXXEG respectively.
A fund that checks the boxes
Environmentally-friendly funds often are priced at a premium. SPFFX is priced 8.5x lower than most climate-friendly funds, and is more in line with standard index funds. This pricing is intended to make it appropriate for 401(k) plans.
Expense ratio comparison
Sphere 500 Climate Fund (SPFFX)
A typical climate-friendly fundSource
Simple to start
SPFFX is designed to be added to existing 401(k) plans, so you don't have to switch providers to offer a climate-friendly choice.
The top 500 minus fossil fuels
SPFFX is the top 500 US companies by market capitalization, minus 86 companies. The independent non-profit As You Sow creates the list of fossil fuel, utility, and other companies that is excluded from the Sphere 500 Fossil-Free Index.Learn more