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Institutional investors in Canada, U.S., and the U.K are warming to responsible investing, says a survey

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

The use of environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles by institutional investors in Canada, the US, and the UK is rising according to a new survey.

RBC Global Asset Management (RBC GAM)'s annual survey on responsible investing trends found that more than 70% use ESG principles as part of their investment approach and decision-making process.

The RBC GAM survey revealed that in key markets, institutional investors are shifting more of their assets to an ESG-based approach.

"These investors are adopting an ESG-based approach specifically because they view it as a way to enhance returns and mitigate risk," it said.

Regionally, the percentage of survey respondents who report using ESG principles "significantly" as opposed to "somewhat" rose slightly in the US (up about 3% from 2018), more significantly in Canada (up to over 5%) and especially rapidly in the UK (up 30%). This group of adopters is also more convinced of the tangible value that an ESG-based approach provides to their portfolios.

Mitigating risk and enhancing returns is now the number one reason institutional investors are incorporating this approach, with 53% of respondents citing it this year.

The 2019 survey polled nearly 800 institutional asset owners, intermediaries and investment consultants from around the globe between June 4 and July 24.

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