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US investors look closer at ESG

Friday, October 01, 2021

Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:

US investors and particularly millennials are focusing on ESG more than any other investor group according to new data from global asset manager Schroders.

Schroders' Global Investor Study surveyed over 23,000 investors (including 1,500 in the U.S.) gauging their sentiment on key investment themes and outlooks, with a particular focus on their views on sustainability, climate change and ESG investing.

U.S. survey respondents believe investors and managers can play a part in solving the world's problems, specifically after the pandemic, which increased some investors' concern with environmental and social issues. Three in five (60%) said that investment managers and major shareholders should be responsible for mitigating climate change, compared with 53% of investors globally. This number climbs even higher among U.S. millennials (70%).

A similar percentage (63%) thought that investment managers and major shareholders should be responsible for mitigating social inequality (compared with 55% globally), while 67% thought they should be responsible for lessening poor corporate governance (compared to 61% globally).

"ESG is no longer a niche investment strategy and has firmly cemented its place in mainstream investing," said Sarah Bratton Hughes, Head of Sustainability, North America, at Schroders. "Individual investors are recognizing that sustainable investing will not only allow them to fund positive change in ......................

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