Most investors now have some form of ESG allocation

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    More than four out of five investors (81%), globally, now have some kind of sustainability, impact or ESG mandate as part of their wider investment policy, new data suggests.

    The findings came in a research report from US firm Bright Harbor Advisors, conducted with respondents in 25 countries including family offices, financial advisers, pension funds, endowments and consultants.

    When asked if they had any specific themes within their investment policy, 22.7% said they had an ESG policy in place, 16.4% said they had a social responsibility policy, 15% said they had a responsible investment policy and 14% said they had an impact investment policy. A further 12.5% said they had a broad sustainable policy.

    “This is an important report that confirms the growing interest of institutional investors in seeking sustainable investments that meet the return criteria of their investment mandates,” said Rob Day, general partner at Spring Lane Capital, in a statement accompanying the research.

    The full report is available here.