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Demystifying Responsible Investment

Demystifying Responsible Investment

Responsible Investment (‘RI’) is a trending theme. Regulators and companies are emphasising the need to advocate best practice, this shift in attitude is now spreading to investors.

Patrick Race

Partner, Investment Advisory

KPMG in the UK


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The recent spike in interest has been driven by regulatory changes as well as a growing awareness that failing to address RI issues can result in significant risks for investors. Policy makers and regulators are now recognising and emphasising the importance of RI and are taking action to ensure investors incorporate it in their investment processes.

Whilst interest in this topic is growing, numerous acronyms and ambiguous language have led to confusion and scepticism amongst investors. Therefore, this paper aims to set the record straight by clarifying the truth behind RI, including clarity around the following myths:

  • Myth 1 –“ESG integration involves sacrificing financial returns”
  • Myth 2 –‘’Asset managers are already integrating ESG, so I don’t need to worry about it’’
  • Myth 3 –‘’Product availability is limited to equity funds’’
  • Myth 4 –“ESG risks will not materialise over my time horizon”

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