Institutional investors are increasingly understanding the potential for ESG factors – such as climate risk and poor human rights performance – to affect the financial performance of companies they invest in. At the same time, consumer demand for responsible investments is increasing. International regulations regarding ESG issues are emerging (eg disclosing climate risk), and international initiatives such as the UN PRI, SASB and GRI keep raising the hurdles. Capital flows into ESG funds are accelerating and asset managers are under pressure from NGOs and media to show they are at least achieving benchmark standards. No well-run fund manager would want to ignore ESG considerations when making investment and stewardship decisions.
SVI supports managers enhance their approach to ESG. SVI provides bespoke ESG services to match the differing needs of asset managers covering the following areas: ESG portfolios’ screening, performance monitoring, proxy voting, and engagement activities.