Shining a light on ESG attitudes and adoption

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1,130 professional investors in 25 countries participated in our annual environmental, social and governance (ESG) global study and shared in-depth perspectives on attitudes and adoption.

Here are three of our key findings.

Global ESG adoption rate reaches 90%

   ESG users

   ESG non-users

This bar chart shows the global ESG adoption rates for all surveyed investment professionals from 2021 through 2023. The ESG adoption rate was 84% in 2021 and rose to 90% in 2023.

The percentage of investment professionals that use ESG inched higher to 90%, though not all countries saw an uptick. Broadly, investors view ESG as supportive of investing – and the majority say ESG analysis can help uncover attractive investment opportunities.


Learn more on page 8 of the report.

Investors empower themselves to manage ESG data difficulties

   Surveyed investment professionals

These bars show the percentage of surveyed investment professionals in our 2023 ESG global survey that are conducting proprietary ESG analysis, which is 40%, and increasing the size and expertise of ESG teams, which is 37%.

Investors are becoming proactive. Forty percent of investment professionals are conducting proprietary ESG analysis and/or scoring, while 37% percent say they are expanding their in-house ESG team's expertise and size.


Learn more on page 18 of the report. 

Multi-thematic ESG could help address style bias


   Neither agree nor disagree


The top three bar graphs show the percentage of surveyed investment professionals that either agree, neither agree nor disagree, or disagree that they plan to increase allocation to style-neutral ESG strategies. 35% agree, 44% neither agree nor disagree, 21% disagree. The bottom 3 bar graphs show percentage of surveyed investment professionals that either agree, neither agree nor disagree, or disagree that multi-thematic ESG is an option for addressing style bias. 40% agree, 41% neither agree nor disagree and 19% disagree.

More than one-third of investment professionals plan to increase their allocation to style-neutral ESG equity strategies over the next 12 months.


Forty percent of investment professionals believe that multi-thematic ESG funds can be effective diversifiers of investment style risks.


Learn more on page 32 of the report. 

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