Almost half of professional investors have a preference for investments focused on impact, according to the latest release of Schroder’s Institutional Investor Study. Schroders has analysed the investment perspectives of 770 institutional investors, who are collectively responsible for US$27.5 trillion in assets and from 28 locations around the world.

The study reveals the investment appetite of global institutional investors – from corporate and public pension plans to insurance companies, official institutions, endowments and foundations.

This year’s survey has found that 48% are focusing on the impact of their investments – up from 38% last year and just 34% in 2020. The 2022 result marks the first time impact investing is in the top three preferred approaches to sustainable investing since it launched in 2017.

Impact investing was a particularly popular approach among respondents in Latin America (62%), followed by the UK & Europe (50%) and Asia Pacific (48%), while in North America it did not make it to the top three.

Andy Howard, Schroders’ Global Head of Sustainable Investment, says: “The findings of the 2022 Institutional Investor Study are striking. More and more institutional investors want to measure, manage and deliver impact. This annual study shows that the ability to deliver, measure and demonstrate tangible impact is increasingly important to global institutional investors.

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