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ESG Trends

Topical, timely analysis of the key trends shaping the ESG space

ESG is now a key part of alternatives investment for both LPs and GPs - and adoption is only accelerating

56% of investors have an ESG policy or intend to have one in place by the end of 2022

Over half of investors surveyed by Preqin have stated that they have or intend to have an ESG policy in place by the end of 2022. And we're seeing this sentiment materialize across asset classes—although the extent of penetration varies.

By value, the bulk of ESG-committed AUM is in private equity and venture capital, totaling $2.26tn—although this is proportionately just over a third of AUM (34%). This is significantly lower than in infrastructure or private debt, where 64% and 59% of AUM, respectively, is in ESG-committed funds.
Discover our data-led analysis, written by private markets experts, on the forces shaping and shifting the needle on ESG; along with insight into how your industry peers are tackling ESG.

Preqin Roundtable: ESG & the Middle Market

Investment firms are increasingly finding that LPs expect them to have ESG policies in place with clear, measurable KPIs to track progress. But implementing ESG can seem daunting for middle-market firms just starting out on their ESG journey. In this roundtable, an all-women panel of four industry experts share their top tips and define a roadmap for success, from setting KPIs to tackling challenges along the way.

Learn more about ESG

As demand for ESG investing increases, it’s important for industry practitioners to understand the key developments in, and approaches towards, responsible investing. Available via Preqin Academy, our Introduction to ESG lesson provides an in-depth overview of keys trends in the sector, approaches to ESG integration, and a look at the opportunities and challenges presented by ESG investing.

Latest ESG insights from Preqin


Climate crisis remains investors’ top ESG issue in 2022

Pollution, waste management, and natural disasters prove to be the most enduring ESG concerns as 2022 unfolds

Diversity & inclusion: challenges and opportunities

We spoke to global financial services provider Apex Group on how it's improving diversity and inclusion within the business and the alternatives industry's power to promote D&I externally

Why Alternative Asset Managers Must Embrace Change

Alternative assets are perfectly suited to retail savers, but fund managers will only be able to serve these investors if they embrace consolidation and scale up

SFDR and Private Capital: ESG Funds

Private capital managers may struggle to comply with the EU’s ESG directive, but better reporting can help smaller managers stand out

The Role of Venture Capital in ESG Investing

Venture capital investors' ESG adoption is relatively low, but their potential impact and economic opportunity make a convincing argument

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