How Asset Managers are Embracing ESG

Appetite for ESG investing is growing, but it's often still difficult for investors to determine exactly what a sustainable fund does. Could tighter regulation help?

Andy Pettit 24 July, 2020 | 10:35AM

ESG investing

As investor appetite grows for ESG options, fund firms are increasingly focusing on environmental, social and governance factors as part of their investment process. But the language funds use to describe their aims and approaches varies vastly, making it difficult for investors to determine exactly what a sustainable fund does. 

Introducing regulation could be one way to help make things clearer, but policymakers must avoid creating barriers which would stop innovation in ESG investing. So where do we stand with these efforts today, and what can regulators do to help?

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Andy Pettit  Director, Policy Research (EMEA), Morningstar

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