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Institutional sustainable investments up nearly 150% in 4 years

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

The number of institutional investors reporting sustainable and impact-related investments has grown 146% since 2016, said a survey.

According to the Cambridge Associates biannual client survey, more than half (61%) of 2020 respondents were actively engaged in sustainable, impact, or ESG investing, a 25 percentage-point uptick from the 36% reported just two years ago.

Climate change and resource efficiency were the most common focus, followed by social equity and inclusion. More than a third of institutions engaging in sustainable and impact investing consider racial and/or gender equity in investment decision-making, and another third anticipate doing so in the future, found the survey.

Regionally, the U.K. and Europe led the way, with the implementation of sustainable and impact investing growing 250% over the last two years, compared to 22% growth in the U.S., according to the survey.

"The rapid adoption of strategies that include environmental, social, and governance considerations reflects a growing consensus in line with our belief that these factors are material to long-term investment outcomes," said Liqian Ma, Head of Sustainable and Impact Investing Research.

"Cambridge Associates partners with our clients to build resilient portfolios that seek to integrate all material risks and opportunities in the investment process. At the same time, we customize and align each portfolio to each institution's financial and imp......................

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