European SRI Assets continue to grow despite economic slowdown

Despite the economic slowdown over the past couple of years, a new Eurosif European study on Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) shows that that the SRI market in Europe has continued to expand and now totals approximately €5 trillion Euros in assets under management. This represents an 87% increase from €2.7 trillion Euros in 2008.

The study states that “A vast majority of SRI investors predict that demand from institutional investors will be the main driver for SRI growth in the next three years. Other important drivers include demand from retail investors, media coverage, legislation and international initiatives, such as the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment.”

Surprisingly, the survey reveals that the global financial crisis had a more positive than negative impact on the SRI industry, with respondents saying the crisis made them more aware of the need to integrate Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) risks. “From a demand perspective, the increase for more transparent products has correlated well with the SRI philosophy. Environmental and social crises have also acted as a wake-up call for many investors.”

For more information go to: Eurosif European SRI Study 2010

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