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Responsible investment and ESG for asset managers

Responsible investment and ESG for asset managers

With the rising prominence of responsible investing, and the impact of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors, KPMG's Asset Management practice is committed to raising understanding of these important investment considerations and supporting member firm clients in incorporating ESG into their activities.

Integrating ESG into asset management

Responsible investing has increasingly become a top industry priority.

Responsible investing is an approach to investment that explicitly acknowledges the relevance to the investor of ESG factors, and of the long-term health and stability of the market as a whole.

The focus on ESG brings opportunities and challenges for asset managers. For example, institutional investors are recognizing the potential for ESG factors - such as climate risk and poor human rights performance - to affect the valuation and financial performance of the companies they invest in.

KPMG's ESG services

KPMG member firms offer bespoke ESG services designed to match the diverse needs of asset managers at various levels of ESG maturity. This support typically covers:

  • Developing an ESG strategy: KPMG professionals provide insights based on analysis and proprietary frameworks and tools to shape an ESG strategy suited to your organization and client base.
  • Implementation: KPMG member firms help implement an ESG strategy, from designing an ESG roadmap to preparing and training employees.
  • Monitoring and reporting: KPMG specialists help determine reporting needs and support the implementation of effective data collection and reporting systems.
  • Review process: KPMG professionals help review internal audit, governance and risk assessment processes as well as stress test investment portfolios, in the context of new regulation or climate change scenarios.
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The numbers that are changing the world
Where we put our money has the power to changefutures. Today, with a growing awareness of thesocial impact of financing decisions and in thecontext of climate change and resource scarcity, thisidea has begun to shape the investment landscape.Embedding environmental, social andgovernance (ESG) factors into financingdecisions is now a core concern.Investors want to balance risk and return and“doing the right thing’. Governments andregulators are concerned for long-term economicand social stability. Asset managers and assetowners see ESG and responsible investment asa smart way to achieve competitive advantage.As the younger generations become more activein the market, demographic shifts are creating agrowing community of responsible investors.
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