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Sustainable Investment organisations launch global trends report 04.04.12

Sustainable investment membership organisations in major markets have agreed to join forces to create a trailblazing report on the global scope of sustainable and responsible investment. For more than a decade, these regional bodies have produced research reports, generally on a biennial schedule, on the trends in sustainable and responsible investing within their own markets. The release of this harmonized global “Trends” report, the first ever, is scheduled for December 2012.

This is an important step in helping to identify and compare sustainable investment industry developments across geographic boundaries. Specifically, the report will analyze the prevalence of investment strategies that consider environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) factors in investment analysis and ownership activities.

The sustainable investment organisations, at the conclusion of their summit in London last week, also agreed to launch a global website in the last quarter of 2012 and to collaborate more closely on policy issues.

The organisations at the meeting included the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF), US SIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment, the European Sustainable Investment Forum (Eurosif), the Canadian Social Investment Organization (SIO), the Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA), the Dutch Association of Investors for Sustainable Development (VBDO) and the Association for Sustainable & Responsible Investment in Asia (ASrIA). Additionally, the Africa Sustainable Investment Forum Project ( provided the group with input from the African region.

The sustainable investment organisations represent more than 1,000 members including pension funds, asset managers, NGOs, banks, community development organisations, research institutions and consulting firms, impact investors and financial advisors.

The global sustainable investment Trends 2012 report will document the types of and engagement will be assessed across jurisdictions. This original research will be a valuable resource to investors and policy makers and will serve as the baseline for future research. Each participating organisation will be responsible for collecting data in its home market.

Penny Shepherd MBE, UKSIF Chief Executive commented on the summit meeting: “This partnership enables us to draw on international knowledge and expertise to support our members to deliver leading edge sustainable investment services. UKSIF was delighted to host this second annual summit which built on the success of last year’s inaugural gathering in New York City.”

The global leadership meeting followed a two day symposium in London organised by UKSIF, US SIF and Eurosif. The program included panels on shareholder engagement and the economics of sustainable investment research, among other topics.

Peter Shield

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