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Lack of standard ESG reporting irks asset managers

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

A lack of standardized reporting frameworks and ESG data limitations are among the bigger challenges for money managers attempting to meet stricter ESG guidelines, particularly in carbon emissions, revealed a survey.

According to a survey by Russell Investments, 87% of the 236 global asset manager respondents report carbon emissions in their client reporting, the highest-percentage response.

Of those 236 participants, 184 offer equity strategies, 147 offer fixed income strategies, 77 offer private markets strategies, and 66 offer real assets strategies.

58% of the respondents are headquartered in the U.S., 16% are based in the United Kingdom and 9% are based in continental Europe, with the rest located in other regions. 28% of the respondents have assets under management (AUM) of less than $10 billion, while 33% of the participants have over $100 billion in AUM.

In focusing on climate-related reporting, Russell then asked those managers that report carbon-intensity measure for which asset class(es) is the calculation provided.

Since the start, a common problem with ESG investing has been the absence of a common definition of the terms: "environment," "society" and "governance." With greenwashing concerns weighing on minds, this is becoming a more urgent concern.

"Given that ESG considerations cover a wide range of topics, we asked survey participants to select the single largest ESG issue they tend to hear from their client b......................

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