Callan US ESG Survey of 89 US funds shows 43% of funds using ESG (much lower than global CFA, MS, RBC, other surveys). (see CFA Survey here suggesting about 70% of global funds use ESG, and academic paper suggesting closer to 80% use ESG; also more recent MS survey also mainly US suggests asset owners are more interested, although below global levels)
Corporate funds = 20%, public funds =39%, Foundations = 64% (this looks low to me => 36% not using ESG), Endowments = 56%.
General adoption rates have doubled since 2013 (at start of this survey). 13% of all DC plans (both public and corporate, and incorporating ESG or not) include an ESG option in their plan lineup, compared to a 40% incorporation rate for defined benefit plans.
Over half of all respondents have NOT incorporated ESG factors (wow!) into investment decision-making (54%) in 2018 [ 2013 (78%) ]
The most common reason to not incorporate ESG: “the fund would not consider factors that are not purely financial in the investment decision-making process (52%).”
This has been one of the top three reasons against incorporating ESG since the inception of the survey. Nearly half of respondents that are not incorporating ESG cite a dearth of research tying ESG to outperformance. Personal view: This survey highlights the US difference, and (on small data) the DB vs DC, and corp vs non-corp fund differences.
(It might also be an effect of the way they asked the question.
Compare it to Amel-Zadeh ...
Amel-Zadeh: ...ESG information is material to investment performance. However, which information is material likely varies systematically across countries (e.g. a country where water pollution is a more serious issue versus a country where corruption is a more serious issues), industries (e.g. an industry affected dramatically by climate change versus an industry affected by violations of human rights in the supply chain) and even firm strategies (e.g. firms that follow differentiation versus low price). For example, Khan et al. (2016) show that the vast majority of ESG data for any given industry is immaterial to investment performance and that the material information varies across industries within a sample of US stocks. Understanding how the materiality of ESG information varies across countries, industries and firm strategies therefore is of primary importance...”
This to my mind, along with this study on the benefits of Active Ownership and ESG engagement and if one puts this work together with the work on the outperformance of Global Equity managers described here, one can start to build a defense of Active Management for global managers for those using ESG....
(see CFA Survey here suggesting about 70% of global funds use ESG, and academic paper suggesting closer to 80% use ESG; also more recent MS survey also mainly US suggests asset owners are more interested, although below global levels)
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