The ESG Phenomenon - ETFGI

Editorial Staff 31 August 2021


The latest developments in and around sustainable investing.

Environmental, social, and governance exchange-traded funds and products worldwide logged total assets and net inflows of $309 billion and $97 billion, respectively at the end of July. The figures point to the continued popularity of the ESG space.

ESG ETFs gathered net inflows of $14.93 billion during July, bringing year-to-date net inflows to a record $97.38 billion which is much higher than the $37.18 billion gathered at this point last year and $8 billion more than the $89.07 billion gathered in all of 2020, according to figures from ETFGI.  

Total assets invested in ESG ETFs and ETPs increased by 5.8 per cent from $292 billion at the end of June 2021.

However, there remain some issues about ESG definitions, the report said. 

“According to PRI, a UN-supported initiative which seeks to understand the investment implications of ESG issues, 56 per cent of adopters believe there is a lack of clarity in ESG definitions,” ETFGI said.

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