996% increase in Hargreaves Lansdown passive ESG fund flows

Active still makes up 73% of ESG flows

Kathleen Gallagher
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Flows up so far this year
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Flows up so far this year

Flows into passive ESG funds is skyrocketing so far in 2021, up 996% this year compared to the same period in 2020, and leading to an overall increase in ESG flows despite the decrease in money into active responsible funds.

Figures from Hargreaves Lansdown show that net flows into responsible funds were up 17% in 2021 for the period to 21 September compared to the same period last year. Active ESG funds continue to be favoured over passive options making up 73% of net flows into the platform so far this year. However, this proportion is falling slightly as net flows into active ESG funds is down 7% so far in 2021 compared to the previous year, while flows into passive are up 966% by comparison. Two passive funds sit within HL's most popular ESG funds for 2021 - Vanguard ESG Developed World All Cap Equ...

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