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Investors increasingly prioritise biodiversity in their portfolios

Robeco, a global asset management firm, has released the results of its annual global survey, which included 300 of the world’s largest institutional and wholesale investors. According to the survey results, the number of investors who believe that biodiversity is an important factor in their investment policies has more than doubled since two years ago. In fact, 48% of respondents confirmed that biodiversity was at the centre of or a significant factor in their investment policy. This percentage is expected to increase to 66% in the next two years. In comparison, only 21% of investors believed biodiversity was essential two years ago.

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In the survey, 47% of respondents agreed that biodiversity loss was as significant a threat as climate change. Additionally, 41% confirmed they actively seek investments that contribute positively to biodiversity. However, the biggest barriers to implementing biodiversity in investment-making decisions still include a lack of appropriate data and ratings and insufficient internal expertise.

Read more: How biodiversity loss and COP15 affect investors

Although climate factors remain significant in investment policies for 71% of those surveyed, down from 75% the previous year. Nevertheless, the percentage is projected to reach 85% in two years. Meanwhile, 48% of investors have made, or are in the process of making, a public commitment to reach net zero by 2050.

The survey shows that 51% of investors believe the energy crisis has reinforced the importance of transitioning away from fossil fuels and towards renewable energy. Additionally, 47% of respondents have reviewed their environmental, social, and governance (ESG) and sustainability approaches to avoid short-term underperformance.

Read more: Investors: build a carbon-efficient portfolio

The majority of investors in the Asia-Pacific (57%) and Europe (63%) are concerned about future political pressures and/or legal actions if they do not take positive action on climate matters and other ESG issues.

DGB Group develops large-scale nature-based projects that generate carbon credits needed for businesses, individuals, investors, and governments to offset their emissions on their road to net zero. DGB’s projects also generate biodiversity credits that help businesses compensate for damage to nature. DGB’s projects are designed to safeguard biodiversity and help nature flourish, as a healthy, prospering nature benefits us all and drives the way for a sustainable future.

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