Returns, transparency, and risk as an obstacle

The majority of the 500 investors surveyed in the Schroders Institutional Investor Study believe that sustainable investment will become more important over the next five years. Nevertheless, the issue is a "considerable challenge" for the professional investors too. The institutional investors' concerns are particularly high regarding returns, transparency, and risk.

More than three-quarters of respondents (77%) said that sustainable investment is still a challenge for them. According to the survey, half of the investors working for pension, government and endowment funds (44%) are concerned about the value of sustainable investments and are not convinced by the long-term yield prospects.

Similarly many investors (41%) are hindered by a lack of transparency of investments regarding their sustainability and the reporting of companies. Just over a quarter (28%) state to have difficulties assessing and managing the risks of sustainable investments.