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Mind the ESG knowledge gap as over half (55%) admit they don’t understand what sustainable investment is

  • Nearly three quarters (72%) of those surveyed are concerned about environmental issues but less than one in ten (9%) invest in funds that have sustainability criteria built in
  • Over half (55%) say they aren’t aware of or don’t understand the terms ‘responsible investment’, ‘sustainable investment’ or ‘ESG investing’.
  • While 13% say most of their investments follow a sustainable mandate, half of those asked didn’t know how much exposure they had to these sorts of funds.

Research carried out by Aegon UK among 10,000 people shows a knowledge gap when it comes to awareness and understanding of environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles and how they apply to savings and investments.

Despite COP26 bringing the topic of sustainability to the fore, over half (55%) of those surveyed said that they aren’t aware of or don’t understand the terms ‘responsible investment’, ‘sustainable investment’ or ‘ESG investing’.

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