Responsible Investment is on the Rise

November was a very impactful month for the responsible investment agenda which made huge strides with the launch of Ireland’s first ever Responsible Investment Report.

Commissioned by Sustainable & Responsible Investment Forum (SIF) Ireland and supported by Irish Life and the Sustainability Skillnet, the SIF Ireland Responsible Investment: State of Play Report 2018 surveyed Irish domiciled Asset Managers that collectively manage funds of €77 billion. Sustainable Nation Ireland acts as SIF Ireland’s Convenor and Secretariat.

The findings showed that responsible investing is increasingly at the core of best-practice investment management in Ireland with 81% of those surveyed saying they have a formal responsible investing policy in place within their organisation.

Considering that 50% said they operate a sustainability themed investment strategy and 25% of asset managers said that they have incorporated impact investment into their investment strategy, it was a positive evidence of leadership and growth in this critical space.

Commenting, Terence O’Rourke, SIF Ireland Chairman, said: “These results point to the fact that responsible investing is becoming a must-do for asset managers located in Ireland. We can now further tailor our efforts towards accelerating public policy and market engagement with this agenda.”

Separately, EuroSIF’s latest biennial pan-European study revealed sustained growth for most sustainable and responsible investment (SRI) strategies. Launched end November, the past two years show clear signs of SRI becoming integral to European fund management with managers better articulating their investment strategies.

Now it’s time for us to capitalise on this wave of interest and ensure that responsible investment remains a hot topic. SIF Ireland looks forward to continuing to advance the responsible investment agenda across all Irish-located asset classes in 2019.

View, Download and Share the State of Play Report 2018 here.

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