Europe: sustainable investment assets 2014-2018

Sustainable and responsible investment (SRI) refers to an investment approach that integrates environmental, social and governance factors in the research, analysis and selection process of portfolio management. The strategies towards SRI include norms-based screening, negative/exclusionary screening, best-in-class screening, ESG integration, sustainability themed investing, impact investing, and corporate investment and shareholder action.

Sustainable and responsible investment in Europe

In recent years, sustainable investing in Europe has been growing. In 2018, it reached over 12.3 trillion euros. With 46 percent of the 30.7 trillion U.S. dollar global SRI market, Europe was the worldwide leader in sustainable investing in 2018.

SRI strategies

As of 2018, the most common SRI strategy was norms-based screening, with 77 percent of assets being screened against minimum standards of business practice such as OECD, ILO, UN and Unicef. Europe also accounted for more than half of the global market for negative/exclusionary screening, and corporate engagement and shareholder acting. Although commonly, assets can be divided in environmental, social and ethical categories, most ESG assets as of 2018 fell in the cross-sectoral category. More in-depth information on the subject can be found on the Statista dossier on SRI investment in Europe.

Value of sustainable investment assets in Europe from 2014 to 2018

Value of assets in billion euros
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Release date

March 2019



Survey time period

2014 to 2018

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