Big Gap Between ESG Investing Supply and Demand

A global survey by the Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing has revealed a wide gap between asset owner expectations and asset manager delivery on sustainable investment products. Based on responses from more than 300 large institutions, Morgan Stanley found a 49-percentage point gap between demand for and supply of ESG performance disclosures. The survey also said that almost three quarters of asset owners wanted managers to have dedicated ESG teams and resources while only four in ten supplied this. Four in five asset owners wanted their managers to provide carbon footprint data, but only 63% of asset managers surveyed currently offer this information. Looking forward, Morgan Stanley found growing demand for net zero targets, with 40% of European asset owners saying they would require this of third-party managers with in the next two years.

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