Eric Mounier writes for Wealthbriefing to discuss returns for sustainable investors. Investors are increasingly looking to combine profit with purpose, and property investment is the perfect platform to do so.
The UN Sustainable Development Goals, agreed in September 2015, gave momentum to what has been dubbed “the age of impact” – a time when corporations are looking not only to seek financial returns through their business activities, but also to deliver a positive societal and environmental impact.
A year and a half on, investment firms across the asset management industry are looking to incorporate these sustainable principles into their products. Investors are increasingly realising that Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors have an impact on returns. Across all asset classes, a push towards eco-/socio-friendly products is visible. Indeed, a Morgan Stanley report calculates that sustainable investing has seen 135% growth from 2012-2016.
The growth of socially-responsible investment products has come in direct response to growing demand from investors, and whilst a broad range of investor types is showing an increased interest in sustainable investment, family offices and millennial investors are leading the way.
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