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Sustainable investing key in mobilization of private capital towards addressing global challenges

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva:

Several financial institutions have been investing in sustainable solutions of late. For example, BofA and Wells Fargo each announced US$1 million commitments to water projects recently, according to TriplePundit.

The global sustainable investment market has grown substantially in both absolute and relative terms, according to The Global Sustainable Investment Review 2014, a report released last month. According to the report, global sustainable investing assets have risen 61%, from $13.3 trillion at the outset of 2012 to $21.4 trillion at the start of 2014. As a result, the assets employing sustainable investing strategies have risen from 21.5 percent to 30.2 percent of the professionally management assets across the regions covered (Europe, the United States, Canada, Australia, Asia (ex Japan) and Japan).

In a recent study called Sustainable Reality: Understanding the Performance of Sustainable Investment Strategies, global investment bank Morgan Stanley surveyed over 10,000 equity mutual funds and almost 3000 managed accounts over the last seven years, and found that investing in sustainability has usually met, a......................

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