Over half of institutional investors to have incorporated ESG

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  • 10 Apr 2019 12:00 AM
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SDGs Becoming a ‘New Compass’ for Sustainable Investing, Survey Finds

Over half of institutional investors to have incorporated environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) issues into their frameworks are using the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a guideline, a new survey by BNP Paribas has found. The survey found that the overall commitment to sustainable finance was growing, with 75 percent of asset owners and 62 percent of asset managers saying that 25 percent or more of their investments are currently held in funds which incorporate environmental and social issues. It discovered that a key driver in this uptake was alignment to the SDGs, which 65 percent of respondents claimed their investment framework was based on. Most of these investors said they, or funds they had invested through, have set SDG-related revenue targets for investee companies. This finding supports the UN Global Compact’s claim that companies which fail to track and communicate both positive and negative contributions to all 17 Global Goals could soon lose out on investment.

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