COLUMN: Stakeholders to increasingly scrutinize the asset management industry to make sure it walks the talk on ESG and sustainable investments

Following years of misconduct and loss of credibility, now is an opportunity for the financial sector to do good. There is, however, a risk that some of the industry will remain shortsighted and profit-oriented, creating an alphabet soup of indices and a range of intransparent investment products, writes former chief strategist Frank Hvid Petersen in this column.

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These days, the global and Nordic asset management industry seems to be all about sustainable investing, responsible investing, SRI, ESG, or whatever you wish to call it.

A whopping USD 30.7tn was invested in sustainable assets by end of 2017, according to the 2018 Global Sustainable Investment Review (GSIR) report published in April this year, representing an increase of impressive 34 percent in just two years.

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