London, 25 July 2013 – The UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF) welcomed today’s call from the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee for the Stewardship Code to better take into account environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors.  UKSIF was also pleased with the Committee’s recommendation that the Government actively follow through on the recommendations of the Kay Review into Equity Markets and Long-Term Decision Making.

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LONDON, July 12, 2013 – Thomson Reuters and the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF) announced the results of the 11th annual Thomson Reuters Extel/UKSIF SRI & Sustainability Survey at an event hosted by FTSE Group in Canary Wharf, London on 11 July.

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Eurosif launches first comprehensive EU-wide study on the extent and in what manner corporate pension funds across Europe have adopted sustainable investment practices.

Eurosif’s 2011 Corporate Pension Funds Study shows that 56% of surveyed corporate pension funds have an SRI policy in place today and that about a quarter of those without an SRI policy intend to have one on the coming year. A greater majority feel that environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors affect the long-term performance and their integration into investment decisions is part of investors’ fiduciary duty. Equities, bonds and real estate are the most popular asset classes in the implementation of SRI policies.

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Read the Eurosif 2011 Corporate Pension Funds & Sustainable Investment Study.

‘A Short History of Responsible Investing in Europe’ tracks the evolution of Responsible Investment from “The Ethical Era” to “A Mainstream Choice”. The webcast was delivered by Penny Shepherd MBE, chief executive of UKSIF, for the CFA Institute.

The webcast can be viewed on the CFA Institute website via

Eurosif, the European Sustainable Investment Forum, has today published its latest European Sustainable and Responsible Investment (SRI) Study (see attached), which reveals the expansion of the European market, now totalling approximately €5 trillion assets under management (AuM).

Commenting Penny Shepherd MBE, Chief Executive of UKSIF, said:

“The study shows impressive growth in the SRI market across Europe, offering increased opportunities for UK asset managers to compete for this growing demand from clients. UKSIF data, released as part of the survey, shows the SRI market in the UK continues to grow and develop with a 19% increase in assets under management in the two years to the end of 2009. This contrasts with the broadly static level of total UK assets under management reported by the Investment Management Association for the same period. It is mainly due to increased engagement on behalf of clients.

“Strong growth on the continent has seen the UK share of total European SRI assets fall from one third to one fifth, with France (at 1.8 trillion euros) overtaking the UK (at 1 trillion euros) as the largest SRI provider in Europe. Meanwhile the UK is bucking the trend towards bonds as the preferred SRI asset class with the highest allocation to equities and the lowest to bonds of any European country in the study.”

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Read the European SRI Study 2010.