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Incorporating Environmental, Social and Governance Factors into Investing: A Survey of Investment Consultant Practices

This report shows that investment consultants retained by major asset owners such as pension funds, foundations and endowments have generally not considered environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) risks and opportunities as they advise their investor clients on their portfolios.

A new Ceres report shows that investment consultants retained by major asset owners such as pension funds, foundations and endowments have generally not considered environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) risks and opportunities as they advise their investor clients on their portfolios. Of the 13 U.S. and international consulting firms surveyed for the report, few have developed expertise in ESG investing, fewer than half believe environmental and social factors can impact long-term financial risk and reward, and only one integrates ESG into its risk/return and asset allocation modeling.

The report, Integrating Environmental, Social and Governance Factors Into Investing: A Survey of Investment Consultant Practices, was prepared by the Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR), a group of 100 institutional investors with more than $10 trillion in assets under management, and the nonprofit group Ceres, which advocates for sustainable business and investment practices.

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