ESG investing is on the rise as over 50% of investors look to increase their ESG investments in 2024

More than half of investors plan to increase their ESG-orientated investments in 2024, according to a survey from deVere Group.

In a poll of over 800 clients, more than half (56 per cent) of investors said they were preparing to increase their allocations to ESG investments next year.

The surge in ESG-oriented investments is “not just a statistical blip” but a reflection of a “fundamental shift” in investors’ mindsets. There is a realisation that investing in a sustainable future is ethical and a savvy financial strategy.

People are increasingly drawn to ESG investments for many reasons, from ethical considerations to financial prudence. Companies with robust environmental, social, and governance practices are better equipped to navigate regulatory changes, reputational risks, and operational challenges. Investors are, therefore, drawn to ESG investments to fortify their portfolios against unforeseen risks.

This survey reflects a broader shift in investor consciousness – a realisation that investing in a sustainable future is ethical and a savvy financial strategy.

Net zero commitments on the rise

Elsewhere, a separate Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association survey found that the number of pension funds with a net zero commitment had risen from last year.

More than two-thirds (68 per cent) of pension funds commit to net zero alignment in place, according to the PLSA’s survey, up from over half (57 per cent) in May 2022.

Nine out of 10 funds target being net zero compliant by 2050, with one in seven (14 per cent) aiming to be compliant by 2035 and one in five (18 per cent) working towards a target between 2035 and 2040.

And while the survey found that three in 10 funds (27 per cent) did not have a net zero commitment in place, one in 10 anticipated implementing a commitment in the next one to two years, and two in 10 said they would have one in place in at least two years.

The publication of the survey results coincided with the PLSA’s ESG conference, during which James Richardson, chief economist at the Climate Change Committee, told delegates that pension funds and asset managers had an “important role” to play in bringing down CO2 levels.

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