Sustainability only minor factor in investment decisions - despite aspirations

British asset manager Schroders has polled 650 institutional investors from around the world, managing a combined EUR 20.7 trillion. The survey shows that sustainability remains a minor factor in the investment decision-making process, and that the time horizon affects the sustainability focus.

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London-based Schroders has surveyed 650 globally-diversified institutional investors -- who together manage EUR 20.7 trillion of assets -- on various aspects of sustainable investing. Sustainability is defined in the poll as "a forward-looking, holistic approach to investment, including full integration, exclusionary screening and best-in-class investing".

Almost a third of the surveyed investors (32 percent) answered that the sustainability focus of the investment had little to no influence on their investment decision-making.

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