RBC GAM survey: Appetite for ESG accelerates during pandemic

Investors in the US still sceptical

28% of institutional investors said Covid-19 has made them place more importance on ESG considerations

28% of institutional investors said Covid-19 has made them place more importance on ESG considerations

New research from RBC Global Asset Management shows that three out of four (75%) institutional investors now incorporate ESG principles into their investment process, up from 70% last year.

An increasing number of institutional investors believe ESG integrated portfolios are likely to perform as well or better than non-ESG integrated portfolios compared to 2019, going up from 90% to 97.5% in Canada, from 92% to 96% in Europe and from 78% to 93% in Asia. LGIM commits to more stringent standards in annual Climate Impact Pledge However, while most markets are embracing ESG, investors in the US appear more sceptical. Only 74% of US respondents believe ESG integrated portfolios perform as well or better, down from 78% in 2019, while a quarter believe they perform worse. ...

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