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Capital Group says actively run funds are winners in ESG craze

Professional investors overwhelmingly prefer to use actively managed funds to deal with environmental, social and governance risks, according to a report from Capital Group that suggests the recent surge in passive ESG strategies may be at odds with industry needs.

Jessica Ground, Capital Group’s global head of ESG. | Photo: PR: Schroders

The USD 2.7trn asset manager Capital Group, which has built a reputation as an active manager, said a survey of 1,130 investors, including pension funds, family offices and insurance companies, found that 63% think ESG risks are best handled when fund managers select a portfolio to manage opportunities and risks.

The results are striking as they coincide with a proliferation of passively managed ESG products, including exchange-traded funds and index-tracking offerings.

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