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Sustainable Investment Survey


Sustainable Investment Survey

October 4, 2022

Sustainable Investment Survey shows politicization of ESG

This summer, we surveyed more than 500 LPs, GPs and service providers about their sustainable investment practices, gathering information on the motivations, metrics and challenges of a field that is receiving more and more attention.

Our 2022 Sustainable Investment Survey illuminates the drivers behind investment decisions, breaking down data by region and respondent type. The report also includes spotlights on allocators’ and VCs’ perspectives, as well as contrasting views on ESG.

 Takeaways from the survey include:
  • 73% of European asset managers use an ESG risk factor framework and 70% offer impact investing strategies, compared to 56% and 61%, respectively, for North Americans.
  • 78% of VCs have either fully or partially integrated sustainable principles in their investments, with social impact issues being among the most important drivers.
  • The percentage of respondents who said they have no plans to incorporate sustainable investment practices nearly doubled over 2021’s results, with North American LPs being the primary driver of this increase.
  • Difficulties measuring outcomes and benchmarking goals are the biggest obstacles for sustainable investing, highlighting the ongoing data-related challenges.

Table of contents
2022 survey by the numbers 3
About the survey 4
Geography 6
Current sustainability programs 8
The allocator perspective 10
The VC perspective 13
Contrasting views: ESG 16
Contrasting views: Impact 18
Challenges 22
Measurement 25
Social and political landscape 27
Staying informed 29
Glossary & resources 31