Most investors globally consider ESG issues in their investment processes, says a survey by the CFA Institute and the Investor Responsibility Research Center Institute. It found 73 per cent of respondents say they factor ESG issues into their investment processes. Regionally, respondents in the Asia-Pacific region were the most likely to incorporate environmental, social, and governance issues into their decision-making, 78 per cent, followed by respondents in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa at 74 per cent and the Americas, 59 per cent. Managing investment risk, client/investor demand, and ESG performance as a proxy for management quality are the top reasons they take ESG issues into account. The top ESG factors considered are board accountability, human capital, and executive compensation.
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