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Sharp rise in climate concern for hedge funds, says LGT Capital Partners’ ESG Report 2022

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The last twelve months have seen a sharp rise in the proportion of private equity and hedge fund managers addressing climate change in their ESG policies, according to a new study by LGT Capital Partners. 

In its tenth annual ESG Report, LGT Capital Partners finds that almost half (47%) of private equity managers are now addressing climate change through their ESG policies, an increase of 13 percentage points over the last year.

Significant progress has also been made with hedge fund managers with 64% of the managers assessed now rated ‘excellent’ or ‘good’ for their ESG practices, versus 25% last year. 2021 marked also something of a milestone for LGT Capital Partners’ own hedge fund offering, with the firm able to classify its flagship discretionary hedge fund offering as an Article 8 product under the SFDR.

The LGT Capital Partners study analyses the activities of 392 managers globally (including 303 private equity managers) to assess the improvements made in ESG practices. In addition to progress being made on climate change, LGT Capital Partners also finds strong improvements being made by managers with respect to diversity and inclusion (D&I) issues. 

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