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  • May 20, 2022

ESG Survey: Adoption of Responsible Investing

Written by:
Steve Doire, CFA, CPA, CPCU

With the topic of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing in the headlines and on the minds of global investors, we wanted to get a better understanding of how institutional asset owners and managers view, adopt, and monitor ESG investing initiatives. We polled nearly 200 investors representing over $12 trillion in AUM to gain insights into their adoption and progress.

Our survey found widespread adoption of ESG investing is still evolving – just over half of our survey respondents said they had an ESG initiative and/or investment policy. Companies that don’t have an ESG initiative cited a lack of interest by management as the reason. Alternatively, for those that do, management and the board are commonly driving it, measuring it, and monitoring it.

Our survey also found the cost of ESG ratings from market data providers is an issue for many, and the market is fragmented, with over 12 providers cited. Getting that data homogenized and into systems and reports is a challenge with nearly half saying they do it in spreadsheets and a third recognizing they need to invest in systems that can better handle ESG data.

To learn more about the adoption and challenges of ESG investing, download our full survey report here.

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