Sustainability Matters

The Continued Growth of Sustainable Investing

Jon Hale, Ph.D., CFA

With $12 trillion now invested in the United States, sustainable investing is not just a trend, it's becoming part of the fabric of investing. That's my take after reading the Report on U.S. Sustainable, Responsible and Impact Investing Trends 2018, just released by the US SIF Foundation. At the beginning of the year, according to the report, investors in the U.S. had nearly $12 trillion in sustainable, responsible, and impact investments. These investments grew at a 38% compound annualized rate between 2016 and 2018, more than twice the rate of U.S. investments overall. About one in every four dollars of invested assets in the U.S. are now invested this way.

Exhibit 1: U.S. Sustainable Investments Swell to $12 Trillion