KIRSTEIN EXAMINED THE CURRENT DEBATE ABOUT ESG

Kirstein examined the current debate about ESG

Institutional investors in Continental Europe express a growing interest in ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance), but the degree of sophistication differs. While some investors would argue that ESG contributes to long-term performance goals, some will also challenge the notion that ESG does not have short term performance implications. To this end, investors mention Environmental disasters such as the BP oil spill in the Mexican Gulf, Social implications of poor labour standards at the Rana Plaza in Bangladesh, or the absence of corporate Governance practices in Volkswagen, as recent examples that demonstrated how sustainable business practices can have an instant effect on financial performance.

Kirstein has analysed the ESG debate in Continental Europe, in order to investigate the premises under which investors use ESG and how far along they are in their implementation. To this end, we have examined the interest in ESG in different asset classes, looked at which ESG strategies are in favour, the demand for bespoke ESG solutions, the interest in low carbon strategies, and ESG in passive investing.

A dedicated research paper is available for asset managers seeking to position themselves within responsible investing with an analysis of the business opportunities imbedded herein. This study also includes:

  • Top 10 ESG managers
  • Regional differences
  • Minimum criteria
  • Manager selection
  • US managers and ESG

For more information please contact Jan Willers:  Email: j.willers@kirstein.as or Phone: +45 33 18 99 55

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