ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) in Wealth Management – Thematic Research

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ESG in Wealth Management Market Report Overview

Global sustainable fund assets have almost tripled in the past few years, rising to $2.8 trillion at the end of the first quarter of 2022. Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) is no longer just a buzzword but has a major impact on the broader financial services industry, and the wealth management sector in particular. As per S&P, from an investment standpoint, ESG sees “market participants consider in their decision-making the ways in which environmental, social, and governance risks and opportunities can have material impacts on companies’ performance.

Market Size (Q1 2022) $2.8 Trillion
Key Countries Australia, New Zealand, Asia ex-Japan, US, Europe, Canada, and Japan
Key Players J.P. Morgan and OpenInvest, Vanguard and Just Invest, BlackRock and Aperio, and Perpetual and Trillium

The ESG in wealth management research report provides an overview of the key trends impacting ESG performance in wealth management. It discusses GlobalData’s ESG framework and ESG action feedback loop, alongside ESG-related survey results, an ESG timeline, and the size of the ESG market and understands HNW demand patterns across countries. It will also help you to understand what your competitors are doing in the ESG space via different case studies.

Key Regions in Global Sustainable Fund Market

Australia, New Zealand, Asia ex-Japan, the US, Europe, Canada, and Japan are the key countries in the global sustainable fund market. Europe leads the way in sustainability, but strong demand across the board should drive product development globally.

Global Sustainable Fund, by Regions

Global Sustainable Fund, by Regions

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Key Players in the Global Sustainable Fund Market

J.P. Morgan and OpenInvest, Vanguard and Just Invest, BlackRock and Aperio, and Perpetual and Trillium are some of the key players in the global sustainable fund market. Many vendors have been expanding their ESG capabilities via acquisitions. 

J.P. Morgan and OpenInvest: In June 2021, J.P. Morgan announced the acquisition of OpenInvest, an ESG investment platform that helps advisors and retail users create portfolios that more accurately reflect investors’ ESG values. 

Perpetual and Trillium: In July 2020, Perpetual finalized the acquisition of specialist ESG investment firm Trillium. 

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  • 82% of wealth managers expect the proportion of financial client assets allocated to ESG investments to increase over the next 12 months.
  • HNW investors opt for ESG investments for a multitude of reasons. However, return on investment considerations are the number one driver.
  • Younger generations are more open to ESG investments. Using the UK as an example, 75% of consumers in their 20s regard sustainable investing as “very important” or “somewhat important.
  • HNW investors expect a sophisticated ESG proposition. Globally, 73% of wealth managers agree that HNW investors expect ESG products that apply positive as opposed to negative screening strategies.

Reasons to Buy

  • Learn about the size of the ESG market and understand HNW demand patterns across countries.
  • Understand how HNW investors’ and retail investors’ attitudes towards ESG differ.
  • Learn about product preferences in the ESG space.
  • Learn about current compliance issues and the growing relevance of greenwashing, as well as the impact these factors will have on wealth managers.
  • Understand what your competitors are doing in the ESG space via different case studies

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Market Size and Demand Patterns

Attitudes and Product Preferences

Greenwashing and Compliance

Competitive Dynamics


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