BNP Paribas' ESG Global Survey reveals a rapid shift to ESG integration as investors increasingly embrace the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Purpose and performance are here to stay for investors – but the next two years will be vital.
A recent Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) global investor survey conducted by BNP Paribas Securities Services revealed how the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are becoming a new compass in the responsible investment journey. The majority of respondents are committing themselves to the 17-goal SDG framework, with over 90% of respondents predicting that more than a quarter of their funds will be allocated towards ESG by 2021. This compares with half of respondents describing their existing portfolio allocations in the previous 2017. Although data remains a challenge, investors showed a strong commitment to ESG investment and also ranked improved long-term returns as a positive factor tilting their decision-making process.
Key findings of the ESG Global Survey 2019:
"Our survey highlights investors' appetite to pursue both purpose and performance."Florence Fontan, BNP Paribas Securities Services