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ESG is making waves among socially responsible investors but, with some confusion as to the exact definition, Bruce Jenkyn-Jones of Impax says it is about giving a helping hand to companies making a positive change for good

Once the preserve of investors willing to sacrifice returns to put their money in ‘do good’ projects, sustainable investing has garnered considerable media attention and increased interest among investors in recent years. According to Bloomberg data, ethical investing has grown by about 80% during the past five years, to $223bn.

In 2016, the total environmental, social and governance (ESG) assets of investment and other listed pooled products rose to $2.6trn, which is more than double the $1.01trn tracked in 2012, and more than 10 times above the $202bn of ESG assets that were held in 2007.

As co-head of listed equities at the environmentally focused Impax Asset Management, Bruce Jenkyn-Jones has been at the forefront of the boom in sustainable investing.

ESG is the latest buzzword in socially responsible investing, according to Jenkyn- Jones, who runs Impax’s flagship Environmental Markets Fund, an Ireland- domiciled Ucits fund.

It is positioned on a spectrum between exclusionary screening and impact investing. Despite the increasing number of asset managers incorporating ESG considerations into their investment processes, the sector has attracted criticism for the confusing definition it applies to the varying degrees of sustainable investing.

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