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Most institutional investors now consider ESG criteria when making alternative investments

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:

A majority of asset owners and institutional investors, or 57%, actively consider ESG (environmental, social and governance) criteria when making alternative investment allocations, according to a survey by LGT Capital Partners and Mercer.

The survey of 97 institutional investors in 22 countries also found that most believe ESG improves risk-adjusted returns and is an important aspect of risk and reputation management. Titled "Global Insights on ESG in Alternative Investing," the research focuses on why and how institutional investors incorporate ESG considerations in alternative asset classes.

"CIOs, heads of asset classes and portfolio managers of large and small institutions from 22 countries clearly recognize the positive effects of ESG integration on risk-adjusted returns. This shows that ESG analysis has moved beyond ethical concerns and has firmly found its place as a risk and investment management topic. Given the high rate of recent adoption of ESG and broad interest in the topic, we can safely assume that ESG integration will continue its rapid expansion," said Tycho Sneyers, managing partner and chairman of LGT Capital Partners ESG Committee.

The study found that more than three-quarters of respondents (76%) incorporate ESG criteria when investing in alternative asset......................

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