Largest institutions most likely to consider climate change, resource scarcity and social responsibility in their investment strategies, according to new data from PwC’s Investor Resource Institute
NEW YORK, May 22, 2014 – Sustainability issues are increasingly relevant to investors as they seek to integrate environmental and corporate responsibility factors in both current and future investment practices. New research released today by PwC US examines the influence sustainability issues have on investment decision-making, primarily among large institutions that provide considerable capital to finance growth for companies.
“The purpose of this survey was to gain a deeper understanding of whether sustainability issues are affecting the decisions being made by investors,” said Kayla Gillan, Leader of PwC’s Investor Resource Institute. “Our research sought to gain insight from investors about how they are incorporating issues of climate change, resource scarcity, extreme weather events and evolving corporate responsibility expectations into their investment decisions and strategies. We found significant evidence that an effect is occurring today—and that it is likely to increase in coming years,” Gillan added.
In today’s release, PwC identifies the types and sizes of institutional investors who are integrating these issues into their investment strategies or practices, and more specifically, how they are doing so. A diverse range of institutional investors responded, representing more than $7.6 trillion in total assets under management (AUM), broken down as follows: asset managers (45%), pension funds (33%), mutual funds (7%), hedge funds (5%) and a variety of other organizations (10%).
Key survey findings include:
PwC’s Investor Resource Institute seeks to add value to investors’ decision-making processes by sharing PwC’s insights and educational materials regarding markets, industries, and corporate governance. For more information or to download the complete report visit: http://www.pwc.com/en_US/us/pwc-investor-resource-institute/publications/sustainability-goes-mainstream-investor-views.jhtml.
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