The 2019 Edelman Trust Barometer Special Report: Institutional Investors identifies pivotal issues shaping investment criteria and how companies can build trust with the investment community.
The research surveyed 607 institutional investors, including financial analysts, and stewardship officers, chief investment officers and portfolio managers across six countries (U.S., Canada, UK, Germany, the Netherlands and Japan), representing investment firms that collectively manage over $9 trillion in assets. The report found that:
- 84% of investors agree (24% strongly agree) that corporations need to have multi-stakeholder commitment.
- 86% of firms would consider investing with a lower rate of return if it meant investing in a company that addresses sustainable or impact investing considerations.
- 87% of firms have changed their voting and/or engagement policy to be more attentive to ESG risks.
- 61% of investors increased their investment allocation to companies that excel when it comes to ESG factors.