Eurosif Report 2016

02 October 2016

This 2016 European SRI Study bears out the sustained growth in SRI across different approaches. The data collected for this Study, at the end of 2015, allowed us to cover institutional and retail assets from 13 different European markets. The methodology was modified for some minor aspects, as a few simplifications were brought to the SRI questionnaire; but the taxonomy remains unchanged from 2012. Some of the main growth trends highlighted in this edition have built up consistently over the past years. However, it is worth noting a number of interesting shifts. Exclusions remains the dominant strategy at over €10 trillion, covering 48% of the total of European professionally managed assets. Meanwhile, Impact Investing is once again confirmed as the fastest growing strategy with a growth of 385%. Although the growth remains small in terms of assets, it has made Impact Investing, once more, the most dynamic and definitely the most promising approach for investors. This year we featured a special focus section on Green Bonds, which have characterized much of the growth in the bond market in the last two years. In 2015, the total Green Bond issuance amounted to over $40 billion2. At the time this Study went into printing the Green Bond issuance had already reached $44 billion, with a potential to reach $100 billion3, according to CBI (Climate Bond Initiative) estimates.