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Assets in socially responsible investment strategies climb 34% to $30.7tn

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:

Socially responsible investing has grown by 34 percent to $30.7 trillion over the past two years, according to the latest report from the Global Sustainable Investment Alliance (GSIA). The Global Sustainable Investment Review is a biannual report that tracks asset flows into SRI strategies worldwide. The report shows that SRI focused assets under management have increased in all regions of the world, indicating that investors at all levels are including SRI principles in more of their investment decisions than ever before.

Japan saw the biggest growth with SRI assets quadrupling from 2016 to 2018, growing from just 3 percent of total professionally managed assets in the country to 18 percent. This growth has made Japan the third largest center for sustainable investing after Europe and the United States. The jump reflects changes to the country's corporate governance code, which encourages incorporation of ESG factors.

Notably, the United States is the second largest SRI region. The US has typically lagged Europe and Canada when it comes to socially responsible investing, but the jump highlights the renewed focus on SRI strategies in recent years. Total US-domiciled assets under management using sustainable strategies grew from $8.7 trillion at the start of 2016 to $12.0 trillion at the start of 2018, an increase of 38 percent.

Europe remains the top region for SRI investing with total assets of €12.3 trillion ($14.1 tr......................

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