Thomson Reuters and UKSIF, the sustainable investment and finance association, announced the results of the ninth annual Thomson Reuters Extel/UKSIF Socially Responsible Investing & Sustainability Survey at an event held at the Thomson Reuters Building in Canary Wharf, London.
The 2011 Survey represents the views of over 400 investment professionals from 23 countries, making it the most extensive assessment of socially responsible investing (SRI) in the European investment community. Voting was conducted from 05 March to 03 June 2011. It reflects a contribution from 209 buyside firms and 20 brokerage firms/research houses.
Key highlights from the 2011 Thomson Reuters Extel/UKSIF Survey include:
Buyside firms place more emphasis on thematic issues and management access in the sustainability research & advisory services they receive from brokers.
84% of buyside firms are planning to increase SRI & sustainability asset allocation in the coming year.
Key rankings from the Thomson Reuters Extel/UKSIF Survey include (2010 ranking in brackets):
Leading Brokerage Firm for SRI & Sustainability overall
CA Cheuvreux (1)
Bank of America Securities - Merrill Lynch (11)
Leading Brokerage Firm for SRI Research
Bank of America Securities – Merrill Lynch (9)
CA Cheuvreux (2)
Leading Brokerage Individual for SRI Research
Sarj Nahal, Bank of America Securities - Merrill Lynch (1)
Meg Brown, Citi (5)
Valery Lucas-Leclin, Bank of America Securities - Merrill Lynch (2)
Leading Brokerage Firm for Corporate Governance Research
Oddo Securities (1)
CA Cheuvreux (3)
Leading Brokerage Individual for Corporate Governance Research
Jean-Philippe Desmartin, Oddo Securities (1)
Robert Walker, CA Cheuvreux (4)
Sébastien Thévoux Chabuel, Oddo Securities (8)
Leading Brokerage Firm for Thematic Research
CA Cheuvreux (3)
Leading Brokerage Individual for Thematic Research
Meg Brown, Citi (11)
Julie Hudson, UBS (2)
Jenny Anderson, Citi (-)
Leading Brokerage Firm for Renewable Energy Research
Macquarie Securities Group (5)
Leading Brokerage Individual for Renewable Energy Research
Matthew Yates, Bank of America Securities - Merrill Lynch (23)
Patrick Humme, UBS (1)
Rupesh Madlani, Barclays Capital (11)
Leading Brokerage Firm for Integrated Research on Climate Change
CA Cheuvreux (4)
Leading Brokerage Individual for Integrated Research on Climate Change
Nick Robins, HSBC (2)
Meg Brown, Citi (1)
Zoe Knight, HSBC (-)
Leading Quoted Company for Sustainability Communications
Nestle SA (6)
Tesco plc (2)
Leading Fund Management Firm for SRI
Henderson Global Investors (6)
Threadneedle Asset Management (1)
Allianz Global Investors (4)
Penny Shepherd MBE, chief executive, UKSIF, said: “Sustainable investment is becoming of ever increasing significance as the world faces the challenges of moving to a resilient and resource-efficient society. This ninth annual SRI & Sustainability survey shows both the increasing buyside demand for high quality sustainability analysis and the impressive track record of today’s leading sell-side sustainability analysts.”
Steve Kelly, managing director Extel, at Thomson Reuters, commented: “The continued very strong participation in the 2011 study and the record number of individuals nominated reflects how SRI and sustainability issues are rising up the agenda for the buyside. We now see a long-term secular trend in asset managers’ use of sustainability analysis in their stock assessments, as companies become keener to engage in SRI dialogue with their investors.
Copies of the complete report, with commentary, extensive market trends data and full rankings of sellside, quoted companies and asset managers, can be ordered from Thomson Reuters Extel through www.extelsurveys.com.
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UKSIF, the UK sustainable investment and finance association, promotes responsible investment and other forms of finance that support sustainable economic development, enhance quality of life and safeguard the environment. Its 250+ members include asset managers, financial advisers, banks, pension funds, investment consultants, research providers and non-governmental organisations. For more information, visit www.uksif.org.