2020 ESG survey

Have ESG factors increased or decreased in importance? Our 2020 annual ESG survey of active managers assesses the integration of ESG considerations in investment processes among equity, fixed income and private markets managers. .

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2020 ESG manager survey: Turning up the volume

Amplified focus on ESG factors and climate risk

2020 ESG Survey

Have environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors increased or decreased in importance?

According to the results of Russell Investments’ annual asset manager survey, the volume has been turned up on responsible investing, ESG integration is now universally recognised as an important consideration when analysing investment opportunities. An increased number of firms are incorporating additional ESG metrics into their investment process, expanding their dedicated responsible investment resources and providing greater transparency through reporting.

Data providers are integral in providing a broader perspective of companies or entities in the marketplace, with engagement activities also playing a vital role in asset managers gaining and making use of ESG-related information.

Key survey highlights

A 33% increase in survey respondents from last year, indicating the amplified focus on responsible investing

Active ownership continues to rise in prominence

An increased number of firms are incorporating additional ESG metrics into their investment process

What is the ESG Survey?

We survey hundreds of firms from the active management industry, across equity, fixed income and private markets to under how asset managers are integrating ESG considerations in their investment process.

Why integrating ESG matters

Featured Author

Yoshie Phillips
CFA