The great and the good have commented this week on their hopes and beliefs that the Biden administration will be a good thing for the ESG sector. The strategy has flourished over 2020, with extraordinary growth in assets, particularly in Europe. “The Biden administration brings new hope for the global fight against climate change and for climate advocacy,” says Matthieu Guignard, Global head of product development and capital markets at Amundi ETF.
We also have an interview with Joseph Clements, Economic Affairs Officer from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), part of the team behind TrackInsight’s latest launch of their ESG Observatory. “We are focused on institutional investors with larger portfolios that can drive change through active ownership and engagement on issues such as climate change and gender equality. Many ESG ETFs have a thematic focus, such as renewable energy, that could help reorient financial markets and support the SDGs,” he says.
Cerulli Associates’ Fabrizio Zumbo also expects the growing demand for ESG investments to drive demand for both active and passive funds.
ESG also came out top with Deutsche Börse over 2020, alongside crypto. “The range of sustainable ETFs continues to grow, and more and more investors are turning to the sustainable version of an established benchmark index,” explains Stephan Kraus, Head of Deutsche Börse’s ETF segment.
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