Attitudes towards ESG investing hit a turning point for the better

Retail sales doubled since Q1 2020

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Jayna Rana of QuotedData
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Jayna Rana of QuotedData

The onus on ESG investing has grown significantly in recent years as investors have become more curious about what they are buying and more self-aware when it comes to doing their bit to make the world a better place.

Over the past 18 months in particular, perhaps a result of the pandemic which saw the rise of the ‘lockdown investor' and heightened concerns for the environment, responsible funds have gained some serious traction.  The Investment Association recorded £2.6bn worth of net retail sales among open-ended responsible investing funds in the first quarter of 2021, double the £1.3bn figure recorded in Q1 2020. This has since shot up to £4.1bn for the period between April and June this year.   This trend is also reflected in the growing number of ESG products available, be that through the la...

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