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US sustainable assets grew 42% to $17.1 bn last two years

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

Sustainable investing assets in the U.S. grew 42% in the last two years, reaching US$17.1 billion at the start of 2020, said a study.

According to the US SIF Foundation's biennial report, the amount represents a third of the $51.4 trillion professionally managed assets in the U.S., according to US SIF.

Two trillion of the $17.1 trillion in assets were involved in filing or co-filing shareholder resolutions on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues at publicly traded companies from 2018 to 2020.

Since 1995, when the US SIF Foundation first measured the size of the US sustainable investment universe at $639 billion, assets have increased more than 25-fold, a compound annual growth rate of 14%.

The report identified $16.6 trillion in US-domiciled assets at the beginning of 2020, held by 530 institutional investors, 384 money managers, and 1,204 community investment institutions practicing ESG incorporation.

In addition, 149 institutional investors and 56 investment managers controlling $1.98 trillion AUM led or co-led shareholder resolutions on ESG issues from 2018 through to the first half of 2020. Eliminating double counting for assets produces a net total of $17.1 trillion.

Of the US$16.6 trillion invested via ESG incorporation strategies, slightly more than US$12 trillion was invested on behalf of institutional investors, with the balance largely held for retail and high net worth investors.

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