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Compare your views with your peers on ESG issues.

Our survey gathered the views of more than 1,000 professional investors across global wholesale and institutional channels. It provides key insights on ESG trends, comparing North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific regions.

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Capital Group ESG Global Study 2021

Which region has the highest level of ESG adoption?

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Key takeaway

European investors are leading the sustainability charge.

Capital Group ESG Global Study 2021
Question - How would you describe your organisation's stance on ESG investing?
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Which instrument is the most popular choice for ESG integration?

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Key takeaway

Global investors strongly favour an active approach to ESG. Three-quarters use active funds to integrate ESG – more than double the proportion using passive funds and trackers.

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Question - What instruments do you use to integrate ESG? Select all that apply.
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What's the most popular ESG implementation strategy?

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Key takeaway

Rather than investing in funds that merely screen out unethical sectors, investors want managers to identify and manage ESG risks and opportunities through bottom-up security selection, analysis and engagement.

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Question - What ESG implementation strategies do you use? Select all that apply.
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Which of the 3 E-S-G pillars do you focus on most?

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Key takeaway

The E in ESG is attracting the most focus from investors, with all regions showing similar levels of prioritisation.

Capital Group ESG Global Study 2021
Question - What percentage of your ESG focus is allocated to the three segments?
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What are the biggest barriers to adoption of ESG?

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Key takeaway

Investors point to a lack of robust data as a top barrier to greater ESG adoption, along with concerns about sacrificing investment returns.

Capital Group ESG Global Study 2021
Question - What are the biggest barriers to your organisation’s adoption, or greater adoption, of ESG? Rank top three in order of importance.
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What are the top challenges when implementing ESG?

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Key takeaway

Issues with the quality and consistency of data and access to data pose particular problems when implementing ESG.

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Question - What is your number one challenge when implementing ESG investments?
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What is the best way to tackle greenwashing?

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Key takeaway

More transparent fund reporting is seen as the most effective tool in addressing greenwashing.

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Question - What are the best ways to tackle the challenge of greenwashing? Select up to three answers.
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