Almost half of top investors have gone public with their ESG strategyBoard Agenda has penned an article based on the SquareWell ‘The Playing Field’ Report highlighting the gap between commitment from asset managers and reality. 04 October 2019
Investors are increasing their pressure on companies over environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, though their actual investment strategies may trail behind their publicly stated good intentions.
Edouard Dubois, SquareWell Partner, comment in the article that there has been a “significant shift” among investors in recent years. Asset managers are starting to build portfolios, numerous academic studies have supported the idea that responsible investment is good for risk management while not causing a loss in performance, and regulators have been pushing for change.
As for the total allocation assigned to sustainable assets, Dubois says though there is a mismatch, the trend is a good one. Sustainable assets may stand at just $30.7trn last year, but that’s a big lift on 2014 when the figure was $18.3trn. “A clear sign that things are changing,” says Dubois.
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