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Survey: Institutional asset owners are aggressively embracing ESG

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

Institutional asset owners are making significant ESG allocations and planning to do even more, according to a CFA Society New York survey conducted at the recent ESG and Climate Asset Owner Summit.

More than 200 asset owners, including pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, insurance companies, family offices, endowments, and development finance institutions with more than $15 trillion in combined assets attended the gathering in late September.

Institutional asset owners are aggressively embracing ESG, with 45% reporting that ESG is fully or significantly integrated across their portfolios and 39% planning to more formally integrate ESG into their investment processes.

"Asset owners have a tremendous amount of power and influence when it comes to shaping the future direction of the global capital markets," said Daniel Dagen, CFA, CEO of CFANY. "As the world's sustainability challenges become more severe and urgent, these asset owners are sending a clear message to the financial services industry: ESG and sustainability must become the new normal."

"The twin cousins of finance and capitalism must evolve to meet the needs of today's world," said Hiro Mizuno, Executive Managing Director and CIO of Japan's Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF), the world's largest pension fund.

Asset owners are integrating ESG across their portfolios

Nearly a quarter (21%) of asset owners surveyed said that ESG is fully integrat......................

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