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12 Profound Statistics About Socially Responsible Investing That Show Trillions of Dollars Being Allocated to Sustainability

A recent impact investing report released by Domini Impact Investments presents an amazing inside look into the current state of global impact investing and how asset managers and investors across the world are looking at sustainability as the future of business.

The report shares a ton of insight on how SRI (Socially responsible Investing) has a tremendous growth rate over the last two decades. The report also digs deep into the allocation of trillions of dollars across many sectors from clean energy, pollution reduction, healthcare, sustainable manufacturing, and affordable housing among many others.

You can read the entire report here. If you don’t have time to read all 88 pages, I have read it and share some the most compelling facts and figures below.


1. $12.0 trillion

At the beginning of 2018, $12 trillion in assets were invested in sustainable, responsible and impact investing (SRI) strategies across the United States!

Source: US SIF Foundation. Report on US Sustainable, Responsible and Impact Investing Trends 2018

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2. 38%

There was a 38% growth in Socially Responsible Investing assets between 2016 and 2018.

Source: US SIF Foundation. Report on US Sustainable, Responsible and Impact Investing Trends 2018


3. 18x

Socially Responsible Investing assets under professional management are 18 times the level of SRI assets in 1995

Source: US SIF Foundation. Report on US Sustainable, Responsible and Impact Investing Trends 2018


4. 93%

93% of the G250 companies issue corporate responsibility reports.

The G250 is short for the Global Fortune 250(the 250 largest publicly traded companies) Source: KPMG International. The road ahead: The KPMG Survey of Corporate Responsibility Reporting 2017


5. 90%

90% of the G250 companies Acknowledge human rights as a business issue

Source: KPMG International. The road ahead: The KPMG Survey of Corporate Responsibility Reporting 2017


6. $81 trillion

There is $81 trillion in market capitalization across SSE(Sustainable Stock Exchanges) Partner Exchange-listed companies.

Source: Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative. 2018 Report on Progress


7. 67%

67% of the G250 companies have set carbon reduction targets

Source: KPMG International. The road ahead: The KPMG Survey of Corporate Responsibility Reporting 2017


8. 78

78 global stock exchanges have joined the Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) Initiative, committing to promoting sustainability reporting and transparency in capital markets.

Source: Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative. 2018 Report on Progress


9. $1.45 trillion

The climate-aligned bond market is $1.45 trillion

Source: Climate Bonds Initiative. Bonds and Climate Change: The State of the Market 2018. Climate (or climate-aligned) bonds refer to labelled and unlabelled bonds for which proceeds are intended to finance projects and activities that contribute to a low-carbon and climate-resilient economy.


10. $32 trillion

The Agenda currently has $32 Trillion under management to accelerate and scale up the actions that are critical to tackling climate change and achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement through investment, corporate engagement, investor disclosure, and public policy advocacy. Source

The Agenda—which was organized by the Asia Investor Group on Climate Change (AIGCC), CDP, Ceres, the Investor Group on Climate Change(IGCC), the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC), Principles for ResponsibleInvestment (PRI), and the United Nations Environment Programme – Finance Initiative (UNEP FI).


11. $1 Trillion

Plastic Solutions Investor Alliance organized by As You Sow – The Alliance launched with an Investor Declaration on Plastic Pollution, backed by 25 institutional investors with more than $1 trillion in assets under management. Source

The Alliance’s initial focus is to engage with companies on their use of plastic packaging.


12. 113%

383 sustainability reporting instruments across 64 countries (out of 71 countries researched). That’s a 113% growth in the number of sustainability reporting instruments in 2016 versus 2013.

Source: KPMG International, Global Reporting Initiative, United Nations Environment Programme, and Centre for Corporate Governance in Africa. Carrots & Sticks: Global trends in sustainability reporting regulation and policy (2016 Edition).

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