IIA ESG Global Survey Reports ESG’s Future in Global Investment Portfolios Rises

In partnership with The Index Industry Association (IIA) and its third annual ESG Global Survey of Asset Managers, we surveyed 300 CIOs, CFOs and portfolio managers from the UK, US, Germany and France to forecast the future for ESG investing and asset management and assess the current landscape. Survey questions addressed a broad range of topics concerning the future of ESG investing such as general investment outlook, market issues, data sufficiency and challenges, policy impact and emerging technologies.

The survey responses suggest that, despite significant economic volatility and political frictions, ESG’s future role in global investment portfolios continues to increase. Asset managers in France, Germany, the UK and US are ramping up their use of ESG factors. Majority of (81%) asset managers say ESG has become more (54%) or much more (28%) of a priority to their investment strategy over the past 12 months.

ESG investing remains on course to reach almost half of portfolios in two to three years’ time and to reach 63% in 10 years. That’s on par with last year’s expectations (64%) but a notable rise from two years ago (52%). Interestingly, ESG support is highest among asset managers in the US, where 88% say it has become more of a priority.

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