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