Responsible Investments Report 2021

Our planet is on track to surpass a 1.5° C temperature increase and investors are concerned. As more investment dollars flow toward the net zero transition, companies play an increasingly important role in decarbonizing the global economy. New innovations and solutions present myriad opportunities for investors – and with those opportunities, comes responsibility ESG isn’t just mainstream, it’s driving the market 2021 was a watershed year for ESG. A record USD650 billion poured into ESG-focused funds globally, and ESG funds now account for 10% of worldwide fund assets.2 ESG AUM is expected to reach USD50 tn by 2025.3 It’s clear that when it comes to sustainable investment, the market is clearly moving from the “why” to the “why not?”. This edition of our RI Report features reporting on EU ESG regulation, impact-oriented investing, statistics from NAM’s 2021 RI activities, and more.