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Five investment trends behind growth in sustainable and impact investing


1. Climate change is the leading environmental concern among investors.

The combined assets of investors factoring climate change into their decision making is more than three times higher in 2016 than in 2014. In September, BlackRock issued a statement that all investors should be factoring climate change into their investment decisions. Many asset managers believe analyzing corporate responses to climate change is a way to identify investment winners from losers.

2. Conflict risk is the top social concern among investors.

The "Trends" report defines conflict risk policies as those restricting investment in "companies that conduct business in countries identified as repressive regimes or state sponsors of terrorism." Conflict risk and climate change are closely related. Dozens of papers and articles have linked the hardships wrought by climate change to the conflict in Sudan; climate change is also a factor in the war in Syria. In its 2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap, the Department of Defense considers climate change to be a threat multiplier, "because it has the potential to exacerbate many of the challenges we are dealing with today — from infectious disease to terrorism."

3. An emerging trend is gender lens investing — investing with an explicit focus on products or companies that actively support women's socioeconomic advancement.

Investment firms have created products that focus on companies that help women advance in the workplace and in society and on organizations that assist women living in poverty. A number of money managers and institutional asset owners have used shareholder advocacy to prod companies to bring more women onto their boards.

4. Concern about civilian firearms has contributed to a significant increase in assets that avoid investment in military contractors or weapons manufacturers.

For institutional investors, the report found $845 billion in assets affected by these concerns, up 138% 2014, and 1,042% from 2012. A galvanizing event for many institutional investors, including public retirement systems, was the mass shooting of children and teachers at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., in 2012. This and similar tragedies have prompted some of the country's largest public retirement plans to establish policies to divest from gun manufacturers.

5. Corporate governance issues are becoming more prominent in investment analysis and portfolio selection.

Numerous U.S. money managers and asset owners are now analyzing companies' boards of directors, transparency and anti-corruption policies, and executive pay practices more than ever before. Many shareholders are raising concerns over corporate political spending and lobbying, with more than 370 proposals filed from 2014 through 2016 requesting disclosure and better oversight.


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