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Interest grows in ESG among UK investors

ESG_green_investingAlmost half of UK investors (48%) expect to increase their environmental, social and governance (ESG) investments over the next three years.

That was the conclusion of research from online investment platform Charles Stanley Direct, which also found that one in six UK investors (17%) plan to increase their ESG investments significantly”.

The report also found that, among UK adults with an investment portfolio, 43% say they have exposure to either socially responsible investing (SRI) or ESG.

It also found that younger investors are much more likely to have SRI/ESG exposure. On average, 64% of those aged 44 and under, currently with an investment portfolio have exposure to this type of investment. This falls to 31% among those aged 45-54 and then further to 15% among those aged 55 and over have said the same.

But three in five (60%) self-identified ‘DIY investors’ admit they’re not aware of SRI or ESG investing.

Rob Morgan, investment analyst at Charles Stanley Direct said: “There continues to be a significant movement toward SRI among UK investors. But while awareness and appetite are increasing, more needs to be done to complete the shift from niche investing to the mainstream.” 

The research was carried out in January by Censuswide from a UK representative sample of 2,002 adults.

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