ESG investing could encourage more saving

Green_investmentsInvestors increasingly want investments made on their behalf to reflect their own personal values, according to a report on trends in environmental, social and governance (ESG) based investing.

The report, which surveyed over 10,000 investment professionals and investors in 22 countries, concluded that ethically sound investment practices could entice many people to save more than they do at present.

The report, published today by Natixis Global Asset Management, found that ESG values are becoming standard practice by professional investors looking for market-beating performance and risk management.

In addition, the report also found that better measurement and reporting on both financial and non-financial performance is expected to accelerate the adoption of ESG investment values.

Dave Goodsell, executive director of the Durable Portfolio Construction Research Centre at Natixis Global Asset Management, said: “More than eight in ten (84%) millennials in the US say they would save more for retirement if their plan offered an ESG option.

“We see a real desire to ensure that their money does social good.”

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