Global Sustainable Investment Alliance and Croatan Institute Release 2016 Biennial Global Sustainable Investment Review

March 27, 2017

On March 27, 2017, the Global Sustainable Investment Alliance (GSIA), released its biennial Global Sustainable Investment Review 2016. The report found that global sustainable investment assets reached $22.89 trillion at the start of 2016, a 25% increase from 2014.

The report draws on in-depth regional and national reports from GSIA members—Eurosif, Responsible Investment Association Australasia, RIA Canada and US SIF—as well as data and insights from the Principles for Responsible Investment, JSIF (Japan), LatinSIF and the African Investing for Impact Barometer. Together, these resources provide data points, insights, analysis and examples of the shape of sustainable investing worldwide.

Highlights include:

  • At the start of 2016, global sustainable, responsible and impact (SRI) investment assets reached $22.89 trillion, a 25% increase from 2014.
  • Europe accounts for over half of these assets (53%), while the United States accounts for 38%.
  • In nearly every market represented in the report, sustainable investing has grown in both absolute and relative terms since the beginning of 2014.
  • The largest sustainable investment strategy globally is negative/exclusionary screening, affecting $15.02 trillion in assets, followed by ESG integration, applied to $10.37 trillion in assets.
  • Growing global concern over climate change has resulted in rising interest in green finance, including climate-aligned bonds.
  • Fiduciary duty and client demand are key growth drivers for sustainable investing.

The report can be downloaded here.