Survey: Investors Increasingly Interested in Responsible Investments, Concerned About Plastic
Author: Martin Grosskopf
November 28, 2019
Canadian investors are showing increased appetite for responsible investments and significant concern around the impact of plastic waste from an environmental and financial perspective, according to a recent survey from the Responsible Investment Association (RIA).
Results of the 2019 RIA Investor Opinion Survey, co-sponsored by AGF, show interest in responsible investing grew significantly in the past year – to 72% in 2019, up from 60% last year. It’s encouraging to see that Canadian investors want to know more about options for investing in companies committed to improving returns for shareholders and society at large.
However, only 26% of survey respondents indicated they currently own responsible investments and only 23% have been asked by their financial services provider if they are interested in such options.
Since the overwhelming majority of investors (79%) are looking to their financial services provider to inform them of responsible investment options, there’s an opportunity for advisors and their firms to do more to highlight investment options that align with their clients’ values.
Among those most interested in responsible investing were young investors – those aged 18-34. Within this group, 36% reported owning responsible investments, compared to only 15% of respondents aged 55 or older.
Of note, the survey also showed strong levels of concern about plastic pollution. Indeed, more than four-in-five respondents (82%) said they believe it is important for companies in their investment portfolio to reduce plastic waste, while 75% indicated they’d like to invest in solutions to reduce plastic waste.
Seven-in-ten investors believe companies that take steps to reduce plastic waste from their products and/or packaging will be better long-term investments, while 58% believe companies continuing to rely on single-use plastics in their products and/or packaging will suffer from a reputational perspective, perhaps making them less attractive investment targets.
As the linkage between specific environmental issues such as plastic waste and business risks becomes better understood, investors are looking for real opportunities to connect their interest in improving environmental outcomes with returns.
At AGF, we remain committed to offering investment options that align with investors’ responsible, sustainable and ESG investing preferences and provide them with those opportunities. As a pioneer in sustainable investing, AGF’s Global Sustainable Growth Equity Strategy offers one of the longest track records in the thematic and impact space, investing in sustainable businesses that are related to and likely to benefit from specific impact themes. Learn more here.
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