SRI Strong in UK Market

June 12, 2002 ( - Even though more than half of UK fund managers see a strong socially responsible investing (SRI) market, the managers are more caught up with keeping their job and ducking criticism, a new survey found.

According to the Deloitte & Touche survey,

  • 41% have specialist SRI teams,
  • 20% of the managers have no SRI arrangement,
  • while 10% turn to external SRI consultants

The authors of the report expect interest in SRI to continue to grow in the coming year, though most fund managers agree it will remain a niche or specialist product.

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The survey suggested that the interest of fund managers in SRI is not driven by ideology but by government pressure and client demand.

Most fund managers surveyed said that a perception that SRI increases portfolio risk had done nothing to hinder its popularity.

This year’s survey included 65 UK investment management companies.

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