The great ESG mismatch: new data shows asset management industry is failing to provide the information investors need on ESG
- There has been a 67% increase globally in ESG related content from asset managers across Tier 1 media in the last 12 months, but 34% of topics are "over-indexed" with managers disproportionately focusing on generic topics
- Peregrine releases its 'White Space' analysis looking at more than 70 themes within the ESG conversation
- The topics where there is significant demand include: measurement and materiality, supply chain transparency, active ownership and product specific content
NEW YORK, May 11, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Although there has been a significant increase in both the supply and demand for ESG related content created by asset managers in the last 12 months, there remains a significant gap between the content that investors are looking for and the content the managers are actually providing, according to new research from Peregrine Communications, 'Making a Difference, Marketing a Difference'.
'Peregrine's research shows that while there has been a 67% increase globally in ESG related content from asset managers across top tier media in the last 12 months, asset managers routinely provide generic, derivative content to their audiences. The research shows that 34% of the 70 topics assessed in the report are significantly "over-indexed" by the market, with more content provided on these themes than there is organic demand.
In contrast, this latest ESG research also shows where there is unmet investor demand for information – i.e. "White Space". Issues where there is significantly more demand for content than there is supply include: measurement and materiality, supply chain transparency, active ownership and private equity.
Other key findings include:
The average increase in brand interest for firms with significant ESG exposure is 80% over the last five years - demonstrating a very real 'brand dividend' for firms that communicate effectively around ESG.
Output in specialist ESG and sustainability media outlets has increased by 76%
There has been a 63% increase in searches globally for ESG-related content in the last 12 months
There has been a 36% increase in social media engagement globally around ESG issues
Anthony Payne, CEO, Peregrine Communications said:
"In this report we have sought to provide a framework by which asset managers can better contribute to the complex ESG conversation in a more meaningful way, a way that better reflects the interests and needs of investors.
"It has become increasingly clear that most asset managers' audience are not served well by the ESG content provided them. This is why we have built our White Space framework so that asset managers can have more data about which topics their audiences are actually looking for, and ultimately, so that they can build genuine category authority around these topics."
Max Hilton, Managing Director, Peregrine Communications said:
"Our latest research confirms what a lot of people will have already suspected, that the majority of ESG content provided by asset managers is generic and hugely mismatched to the information that their increasingly well-versed audiences need."
Josh Cole, Vice President, Head of Analytics Peregrine Communications +44 (0) 20 3178 5439/ [email protected]
Max Hilton, Managing Director Peregrine Communications +1 347 613 7560/ [email protected]