S & G lagging behind in ESG interest

A new survey shows investors believe social and governance factors lag environmental in generating returns. The survey of European professional investors commissioned by NN Investment Partners says that 66% of respondents see the most potential in environmental factors when it comes to generating returns while governance (40%) and especially social factors (15%) lie far behind. However, there are significant differences in the opinions of investors from different countries. For example, French investors’ scores for ‘E’ stands at 52%, below the ‘G’ score of 56%, with their ‘S’ score at 35%. Dutch investors are especially focused on environmental factors with social issues being of relatively little importance.