Global Public Investor 2020: Sustainable investment

Over 90% of global public investors have specific ESG (environment, social and governance) investment policies in place or are in the process of developing them, according to a new survey from BNY Mellon and the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF).


In supporting the post-pandemic recovery, global public investors will have a chance to build on the momentum of the sustainability agenda of recent years. They are also motivated to adopt ESG criteria by the potential for superior risk-adjusted returns. However, they still face significant barriers in scaling up these efforts. These include complexity compared with traditional assets, insufficient data, and the difficulty of measuring the impact and non-financial performance of their ESG investment strategies.

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