Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors are increasing drivers of this phenomenon, though they are not reflected in the balance sheet. Investors are banking on future returns through this new sustainable model.
The GSIA says that such assets under management have grown by 15 percent in two years. Using a broad definition of sustainable investment, the GSIA includes wholesale and institutional assets in its definition, aside from funds with a specific sustainability mandate.
The report also includes investments that assess ESG issues, even if the funds don't have an explicit sustainability focus.
Sustainable investment is a major force shaping global capital markets, others seeking to raise capital in those global markets.
Across the United States, Canada, Japan, Australasia and Europe, sustainable assets under management have grown 15 percent in two years. As markets across the world reset expectations of sustainable investment, there is now an emphasis on moving the industry towards best standards of practice.
This is playing out in various ways in different markets, including tightening regulatory frameworks and industry standards, and consumer expectations rising. For example, the European Union Sustainable Finance Action Plan has responsible investment embedded in legislation. This has re-shaped the way
Across the United States and Europe, industry drivers have been the main reason for increasing sustainable investment.
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