ESG Trends 2021

An examination of the prevalence and impact of ESG on fund selection and the hedge fund industry
March 2021

Report Overview

ESG has been a buzzword for several years, but how widely has it been adopted by hedge fund managers and investors, and is it detrimental or positive to managers’ fundraising efforts? ESG Trends 2021, the new report from HFM, has the answers. Based on a proprietary survey of institutional and private wealth investors, as well as other HFM and external data key takeaways include:

Key takeaways

  • Over half of investors now incorporate ESG into their fund selection process in some form
  • European investors remain most enthusiastic about ESG, but North Americans are catching up
  • Over a quarter of billion-dollar plus hedge fund UNPRI signatories signed up in 2020 alone
  • Larger hedge fund UNPRI signatories saw a significant uplift in ticket sizes after signing up