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Sustainable Investing and ESG – Strategic Research Solutions

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Sustainable investing is an investment approach that considers environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria in selecting and managing investments. It is now moving away from a niche status to a mainstream consideration.

Key Takeaways:
  1. Global sustainable investing AuM more than doubled from 2012-18 to reach USD31tn
  2. Nevertheless, there is significant headroom for further growth, as sustainable investing assets account for only c.30% of all professionally managed assets globally
  3. ESG factors are clearly a key consideration in investing, both for asset managers and asset owners
  4. However, there are challenges in integrating sustainability into the investment research process given that ESG research is still in its infancy
  5. Investors are concerned that increased focus on ESG analysis would distract asset managers from their primary duty of return maximization