Fri, Apr 29, 2016
A A A
Welcome Guest
Free Trial RSS
Get FREE trial access to our award winning publications
Industry Updates

Edhec: Environmental protection is considered an investment theme by 90% of investment management professionals

Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Opalesque Industry Update - In a new EDHEC-Risk Institute Publication, entitled “Adoption of Green Investing by Institutional Investors: A European Survey”, EDHEC-Risk review the concept of green investing and report the results of a European survey on investment management professionals.

One of the key results of the survey is that green investing is a significant movement in which survey respondents are heavily involved. In fact, nearly 90% of respondents consider environmental protection an investment theme and the same percentage plans to do more green investing in the future.

The results of our survey show that the most popular green theme is climate change: 81.5% of the respondents who take green investing into account are concerned with climate change. Other environmental themes such as water management, anti-pollution measures, and improvement of processes are also frequently taken into account by the majority of respondents.

We also find that investors define green investing in different ways. We focus first on the definitions and concept of sustainable development, and the results show that these may not be entirely clear for respondents. Another widely-used term for making extra-financial information an integral part of investment decision making is socially responsible investment (SRI). For a clear majority (61.9%), sustainable development and socially responsible investment are two identical concepts. Such disagreement on basic definitions may further compound the fundamental difficulty of using extra-financial information in the investment process.

Survey results show that the main obstacle to green investing is the lack of credible standards for defining and assessing green investments. 50% of respondents report that this is the biggest obstacle to their adopting green investing criteria.

The main conclusion to this survey is that before the green investment segment can sustain further growth, work towards a sound conceptual underpinning of the green investing approach will have to be done. Furthermore, investors should always have rigorous and well-defined investment processes and analyses, besides their good intentions to be responsible to the planet and to society.

(press release)


A copy of “Adoption of Green Investing by Institutional Investors: A European Survey” can be downloaded by pressing [Ctrl] and clicking on the following link: Adoption of Green Investing by Institutional Investors: A European Survey

This study will be featured at the Green Investing Conference, which will be held at the Nice Campus of EDHEC Business School on December 10th, 2010.

To receive an invitation to the Green Investing Conference, please contact Marie-Josée Tronchet, Tel.: + 33 (0)4 93 18 32 53 - E-mail: marie-josee.tronchet@edhec.edu www.edhec-risk.com

The conference programme can be accessed via the following link: Green Investing 2010

About EDHEC-Risk Institute
EDHEC-Risk Institute is part of EDHEC Business School, one of Europe’s leading business schools and a member of the select group of academic institutions worldwide to have earned the triple crown of international accreditations (AACSB, EQUIS, Association of MBAs). www.edhec-risk.com


Bg

What do you think?

   Use "anonymous" as my name    |   Alert me via email on new comments   |   
Today's Exclusives Today's Other Voices More Exclusives
Previous Opalesque Exclusives                                  
More Other Voices
Previous Other Voices                                               
Access Alternative Market Briefing


  • Top Forwarded
  • Top Tracked
  • Top Searched
  1. Hedge funds see $14.3bn outflows in Q1, CTAs and multi-strategy lead net inflows[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The hedge fund industry saw net outflows of investor capital in the first quarter of the year, totaling $14.3bn, data from Preqin showed. This continues from the $8.9bn overall net outflows that funds recorded in Q4

  2. Performance - Blackstone profits plunge 77% as performance fees dive, Hedge fund stars' fortunes hostage to market swings, Hedge fund manager goes from billionaire to millionaire in profits plunge, Hedge funds biggest losers in SunEdison's 'magic money machine'[more]

    Blackstone profits plunge 77% as performance fees dive From FT.com: Blackstone, the world’s biggest manager of alternative investments from private equity to real estate, suffered from sharply lower performance fees amid turbulent markets in the first three months of the year, even as it

  3. Third Point calls Q1 "catastrophic" for hedge funds[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The first quarter of this year was rocky for hedge funds based on aggregate performance from the industry, but now we are beginning to hear what the managers thought of it as quarterly letters make their way to investors. Dan Loeb, CEO of New York-based $17 bill

  4. Asia - Stabilization of China's capital outflows may hinge on Janet Yellen, Fink says China to do well this year as bubble threat postponed, Chinese hedge fund to invest in India’s infrastructure[more]

    Stabilization of China's capital outflows may hinge on Janet Yellen From Bloomberg.com: Whether China’s recent stabilization of its currency and capital outflows continues -- or downside pressure reignites -- may hinge in large part on Janet Yellen. If the Federal Reserve chair sticks to

  5. …And Finally - After all, judges are human too[more]

    From Newsoftheweird.com: In March, one District of Columbia government administrative law judge was charged with misdemeanor assault on another. Judge Sharon Goodie said she wanted to give Judge Joan Davenport some files, but Davenport, in her office, would not answer the door. Goodie said once the