SAN FRANCISCO – October 10, 2019 – Callan, a leading institutional investment consulting firm, announced the results of its seventh annual ESG Survey, noting that 42% of U.S. institutional investors incorporated environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors into their investment decision-making process in 2019. Since the survey’s launch (2013), there has been a 91% increase in respondents incorporating ESG factors into investment decisions.
The survey features responses from 89 U.S. institutional investors and reveals an ongoing disparity in ESG adoption rates by investor type and size. Historically, nonprofits have had the highest ESG adoption rates—while public plans have incorporated ESG factors at a higher rate than their corporate counterparts.
“A big takeaway this year is the emergence of integration as the preferred implementation trend,” says Callan ESG Practice Leader Anna West. “Of those incorporating ESG, 51% of investors did so with every investment decision, including manager selection. They’re asking investment managers how ESG is being integrated into their strategy and how they’re analyzing investments through an ESG lens.”
Tom Shingler, Callan senior vice president, consultant, and ESG Committee member, adds, “We see increasing client demand for consideration of ESG factors, and we believe that an integrated ESG approach is consistent with a long-term investment horizon. Traditionally, the emphasis has been on incorporation of ESG factors in public equity investing. That has extended to fixed income in the public markets and to private markets like private equity, private real estate, and infrastructure.”