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September 18, 2019

Sustainable investing intention and action reflect huge gap, says Schroders

Majority of investors are interested in sustainable investing but few are able to translate their intentions into reality, finds a survey by Schroders.

The study polled more than 25,000 investors across 32 locations globally.

Of those polled, 32% were found interested in sustainable investments while only 16% were found actually making such investments.

Asian investors led the batch in this regard, with 87% of India, 80% of China and 77% of Thailand investors citing that they always took sustainability factors into account while making investments.

The same was cited by 40% of investors in Canada and Denmark, and 41% in the Netherlands. These countries arguably prioritised sustainability for a longer period, Schroders noted.

Notably, Japan lagged behind its global peers in sustainable investing. Only 26% of the country’s investors said that they already invested or wanted to make sustainable investments.

On the other hand, 73% of Indian investors already invested or wanted to invest sustainably. This was the highest proportion globally.

The study also found 63% of investors believing that climate change will have “at least some impact on their investing” and 33% believing that it will have “very little or no impact”.

Besides, 71% of the investors opined that man-made climate change is a real phenomenon that is affecting the world.

Schroders global head of stewardship Jessica Ground said: “There remains a gulf between people’s sustainable investment aspirations and the reality of how they prioritise these factors in their investment decision-making.

“A significant proportion of investors clearly believe that sustainable investing is important, but this has yet to translate into tangible action for the majority.”

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