Sustainable investment proving sustainable
June 19, 2018

A majority of institutional asset owners are now pursuing sustainable investing to manage risk and drive returns, according to a new survey published today by the Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing and Morgan Stanley Investment Management.

The new survey polled 118 public and corporate pensions, endowments, foundations, sovereign wealth entities, insurance companies and other large asset owners worldwide, 60 percent of which had total assets over US$10 billion.

The survey gathered insights about trends, motivations, challenges and implementation approaches in sustainable investing, we are told. By rounding out the sustainable investing landscape with the views of asset owners, this work builds on Morgan Stanley's previous Sustainable Signals studies focused on individual investors and asset managers.

"As interest in sustainable investing continues to rise, we see investors pursuing a range of approaches with their assets," said Rui de Figueiredo, Co-Head and CIO of the Solutions and Multi-Asset business at Morgan Stanley Investment Management and Head of the Division's Sustainability Council.

"The growing sophistication among asset owners about when and how to integrate ESG (environmental, social and governance) into the investment process creates opportunities to tailor strategies and provide customized portfolio solutions that help investors meet their financial and impact goals."

Asset owners cite risk management and potential for returns as top drivers of interest in sustainable investing. But despite the recognition of these opportunities, asset owners still highlighted the need for better data and investment information as a challenge to greater uptake, says Morgan Stanley.





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A majority of institutional asset owners are now pursuing sustainable investing to manage risk and drive returns, according to a new survey published today by the Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing and Morgan Stanley Investment Management.

The new survey polled 118 public and corporate pensions, endowments, foundations, sovereign wealth entities, insurance companies and other large asset owners worldwide, 60 percent of which had total assets over US$10 billion.

The survey gathered insights about trends, motivations, challenges and implementation approaches in sustainable investing, we are told. By rounding out the sustainable investing landscape with the views of asset owners, this work builds on Morgan Stanley's previous Sustainable Signals studies focused on individual investors and asset managers.

"As interest in sustainable investing continues to rise, we see investors pursuing a range of approaches with their assets," said Rui de Figueiredo, Co-Head and CIO of the Solutions and Multi-Asset business at Morgan Stanley Investment Management and Head of the Division's Sustainability Council.

"The growing sophistication among asset owners about when and how to integrate ESG (environmental, social and governance) into the investment process creates opportunities to tailor strategies and provide customized portfolio solutions that help investors meet their financial and impact goals."

Asset owners cite risk management and potential for returns as top drivers of interest in sustainable investing. But despite the recognition of these opportunities, asset owners still highlighted the need for better data and investment information as a challenge to greater uptake, says Morgan Stanley.



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