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Survey reveals the growing application of ESG among alternative asset classes

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

Growing application of ESG among alternative asset classes, including infrastructure (41% of investors), private equity/debt (38%), and real estate (37%), said a BNP Paribas survey.

The ESG Global Survey 2021 of 356 asset owners, official institutions, and asset managers, shows that ESG integration is maturing, with a growing number of investors allocating more than 75% of their portfolio to ESG and know-how increasingly embedded throughout organizations. However, institutional investors are at different stages of readiness for net-zero.

More investors integrating ESG in at least 75% of their portfolio, the survey said. 22% of respondents integrate ESG into at least 75% of their portfolios. In BNP Paribas's 2019 survey, not one respondent envisaged this would be the case by 2021. Despite this, 66% of investors currently incorporate ESG into less than half of their portfolios.

According to the survey, 37% of respondents have made a public commitment to align all or part of their portfolio with a 2050 net-zero target, 36% have taken initial public steps but have not started reallocating capital, and 27% have made no such commitment.

Almost half of the institutional investors (45% vs 23% in 2019) say their ESG capabilities are embedded throughout the organization and no longer the preserve of specialist teams, it said.

Meanwhile, 56% of institutional investors use negative screening and more than a third (38%) now use thematic i......................

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