Global RI survey responses hit €525bn

Asset managers survey to be sent out at the end of February.

Global asset owners running more than €525bn ($770bn) have already responded to RI Landscape 2008, one of the widest ever global surveys of institutional investors to find out how they are integrating environmental, social and governance issues (ESG). Asset owners, including pension funds, sovereign funds, charities, endowments, foundations and faith groups still have until the end of February to submit their responses and can do so by following the link: RI Landscape 2008
A second survey of global fund managers and their commitments to responsible investment will be issued at the end of February. RI Landscape 2008 is a joint venture between Responsible Investor and IPE Magazine. The consideration of ESG in investing is one of today’s hottest institutional topics. The ground-breaking joint research into the responsible investment landscape aims to show, for example, to what extent investors are allocating to emerging asset classes such as renewable energy or incorporating extra-financial factors into their research. For the first time, asset owners and fund managers will be listed according to commitments to responsible investment.
The survey will draw distinctions between responsible investment approaches based on negative screening of companies, weighted screening, engagement, integration of ESG into investmentdecisions, and pure-play mandates such as allocations to clean energy and water funds.
The survey is aimed as much at investors who don’t use responsible investment approaches as those who do, as it seeks to identify what the current market barriers are.The findings will be drawn together in two comprehensive reports: one for asset owners published in May, 2008 and one for asset managers published the following month.
The format for these reports is unique, incorporating aggregated analysis of investment levels by type of institution, region and asset class, plus the findings of a high-level round-table discussion involving investors, 
consultants and fund managers on the data, held in advance of publication. The findings will be accompanied by commentary and analysis and the data will also be published in Excel format.
 The reports will be issued via both print and web distribution through, Investment & Pensions Europe magazine as a special supplements and The survey asks primarily single answer questions and is designed to be easy to complete with automatic saving on answers so respondents can return to it at any time.
Access to the online survey, a copy of the questionnaire in word format or further information, please contact: Tony Hay, Publisher, Responsible Investor, Office: +44 20 8682 3638, Mobile: + 44 7887 683025,