Sustainable Funds' Record-Breaking Year

Increased interest in environmental, social and governance issues meant an exceptional year for ESG funds in 2020. Can they keep the momentum in the year ahead?

Hortense Bioy, CFA 8 February, 2021 | 11:02AM

Fund flows

2020 was an exceptional year for ESG funds. Driven by increased interest in environmental, social, and governance issues, European sustainable funds broke new records in terms of inflows, assets and product development.

During 2020, sustainable open-end and ETFs available to European investors attracted net inflows of €233 billion. This was almost double the figure for 2019. In the fourth quarter alone, sustainable funds pulled close to €100 billion in net new money, taking 45% of overall European funds flows.

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Hortense Bioy, CFA

Hortense Bioy, CFA  is global head of sustainability research at Morningstar

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