Partner Content: CTI’s Sagar: “There is a shifting narrative of what the true goal of investing is”

Investing sustainably is high on the fund management agenda in 2021, with Morningstar stating globally inflows into ESG funds topped $178bn in Q1 this year; up from $38bn in Q1 2020.  

This approach to investing has evolved greatly in recent years as demand for strategies that achieve market-rate returns whilst simultaneously considering the positive environmental impact grows.

Threadneedle UK Sustainable Equity fund manager, Sonal Sagar, says that it is a “great thing” that the industry has been seeing a rapid move towards ESG investing over the last few years.

“Greater awareness for the environment, the social aspects and the desire to become more responsible custodians has resulted in a huge shift in the narrative of what the true goal of investing is,” she notes.

Yet inconsistencies in terms of what sustainable/ESG investing comprises is creating instances of greenwashing and inconsistent disclosures, meaning fund managers like Sagar have to work harder to define their strategies – and responsibilities as sustainable asset managers. 

Click here to read the full interview and more about how fund managers are learning to stand out in a crowded ESG sector, in our latest Three Minutes With… digital guide.

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