The momentum behind ESG and sustainability continues to build, fueled by investor demand and a desire to make an impact. Capital Group’s annual ESG global study published in May 2022 gives great perspective from the investment companies that have more than $32 trillion under management. Collecting views from more than 1,100 institutional and wholesale investment professionals across Europe, North America, and Asia-Pacific, the study showed that ESG trends continue to gain traction. The pandemic shone a spotlight on the “S” — or social issues — of ESG. The conflict in Ukraine has brought the “G” (the governance component) to investors’ attention. At the same time, a growing understanding of the implications and importance of climate change has meant that “E” (the environmental piece) continues to dominate investors’ ESG focus.
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