U.S. Lagging in ESG Investing

October 11, 2017

Investors are less interested in environmental- and social-focused companies, a new study found.

By April Hall

Investments in companies focused on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues by portfolio managers and research analysts in the Americas lags other regions around the world.

A recently released study by CFA Institute, a global association of investment professionals, found that in 2017, 73% of managers and analysts globally said they consider ESG when allocating funds, the same percentage as 2015, the last time the study was done.

In the Americas, however, 32% of the respondents said they do not consider any of the issues in their investment research. Of those, 49% said they do not consider it because clients don’t request that type of information and some 67% said they would consider ESG if clients did request it.

The study, conducted in May, used the survey responses of more than 1,500 CFA Institute members who are portfolio managers and investment analysts.

Here are additional findings from the study: