HSBC’s first global ESG sentiment survey

The view from ground level.

We have been covering climate change and environmental, social and governance issues for many years and are always being asked what other clients are thinking and doing. That’s why we conducted this survey. It took place over 14-25 February 2022, with a sample size of 588 from professionals working in financial services in global regions, in roles related to ESG decision-making. They represent 528 institutions, and USD12.6 trillion in assets under management (AUM). The key findings were:

In conclusion, we found that the level of ESG understanding does not necessarily mean that ESG issues are incorporated into investment decision-making. For investors, attracting capital was the main reason to promote ESG; for corporates to push sustainability, it was public perception.

First published 21st March 2022.

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