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Institutions say that 2020 had influenced their thinking on diversity, equity, and inclusion

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

According to Aon survey of institutional investors, while 42% of the respondents stated that the events of 2020 had not changed their thinking or approach to diverse asset manager investing, the majority (58% reported that the events of last year did make them more attuned to issues around diversity and inclusion in their portfolios.

11% of those investors polled felt more pressure from stakeholders to invest with diverse managers, said the survey of institutional investors, including public and corporate pensions, endowments, foundations, defined contribution plans, healthcare organizations, and other asset owners.

The survey also revealed increased pressure from boards and beneficiaries to address diversity in their portfolio. 18% reported that constituents, boards, and beneficiaries are now asking for statistics on diversity within their portfolio.

12% felt more pressure to engage with majority-owned (not owned by women or minorities) firms about diversity statistics, programs, and other diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) issues.

Meanwhile, 13% responded they felt more pressure to engage or had increased engagement with diverse investment firms.

According to the survey, 7% of those polled reported that they had launched a formal diverse investment manager policy/program in response to the events of 2020. Notably, those respondents came from a range of investor types, including corporate pensions and endowments......................

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