ESG: Credit investing with a conscience

Making investment decisions based on environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors isn't just a woolly-minded 'trendy' move designed to appease the hairshirt-wearing green lobby. It actually makes financial sense, as Caroline Harrison of ASSET4 explains


The growth in the number of signatories to the United Nations' Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) is an indication of the increasing importance of extra-financial issues for the investment community. The 500 signatories now account for over $18 trillion in AUM. But how much of those assets are invested in fixed income with a responsible investing focus?

Only $0.77 trillion of sovereign and quasi-sovereign bond investments, out of an estimated market total of $22.9 trillion, are invested

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