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Asset Managers Fortify ESG Efforts

Research from UK-based pensions consultancy Isio has identified 50 asset managers with an established ESG policy, with half of 120 funds under their management having ESG objectives in place. In its inaugural annual Sustainable Investment Survey, Isio assessed the state of ESG integration across various asset classes to provide insights into firm and fund-level practices, exploring positive developments as well as areas for improvement in asset managers’ ESG commitments, investment approaches, risk management and reporting. Isio found that 98% of surveyed asset managers had a dedicated sustainable investment team supporting ESG risk management and stewardship, while 75% had set firm-level net zero commitments. Additionally, 65% of firms were signatories of the UK Stewardship Code, while 63% were part of the Net Zero Asset Managers initiative. “Sustainable investing is dynamic and has evolved significantly over recent years, especially when it comes to good practice across different asset classes,” said Cadi Thomas, Head of Sustainable Investment at Isio. We’ve seen industry-wide improvements in climate-related reporting but continue to see a lag in social and nature-related reporting across all asset classes. It is however encouraging to see investors increasingly engage with environmental and social frameworks, such as the Taskforce on Social Factors and the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures.

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