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Americans Rank Among the World's Most Caring Investors

February 08, 2017

Our research suggests the average US investor rates issues of environment, social, and governance, or “ESG,” far higher than the typical European, confounding many stereotypes.

by Jessica Ground, Global Head of Stewardship, Schroder Investment Management


Schroders discovered some stark findings on American attitudes on responsible investing. Examples include a gulf in ESG concern between investors under 45 and those over 45, a disparity between how advisors and their clients feel about responsible investing, and perhaps most surprising of all, more interest in ESG from American investors than the average global investor.


1 Source: “Interpretive Bulletin Relating to the Fiduciary Standard under ERISA in Considering Economically Targeted Investments”,
US Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration, 29 CFR Part 2509, RIN 1210-AB73, 26 October 2015.

All investments are subject to risk, including the possible loss of principal. Environmentally responsible investment criteria may influence investment performance due to downturns or adverse developments in that market segment.

The views expressed herein are those of Schroders Investment Management (Schroders), are for informational purposes only, and are subject to change based on prevailing market, economic, and other conditions. The views expressed may not reflect the opinions of Hartford Funds or any other sub-adviser to our funds. They should not be construed as research or investment advice nor should they be considered an offer or solicitation to buy or sell any security. This information is current at the time of writing and may not be reproduced or distributed in whole or in part, for any purpose, without the express written consent of Schroders or Hartford Funds.

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