The rise of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investing is one of the defining trends of the evolution of capital markets over the past decade. Assets under management of ESG funds have risen exponentially, and an entire industry has grown up around the movement, developing tools and services to facilitate ESG investment.
The growth of ESG and its impact on the buy-side has been well documented. What is less well covered is how the sell-side has evolved to facilitate this increased focus on responsible investment practices.
This report seeks to fill that void and focuses on the services that banks are developing and the wider opportunity for the sell-side to accelerate its evolution in the ESG world. As ESG moves from the domain of larger or specialist asset managers to a fundamental part of investment, the opportunity for the sell-side to participate in it will continue to grow.