Investment consulting firms polled by the Social Investment Forum said their clients are increasingly interested in environmental, social and governance investing (ESG). Fifty-six percent of respondents noted a growing interest among their clients in integrating ESG criteria in their investment policies over the last 12 months, and 88% expect growing client interest in the next three years.

Foundations, 401(k) plan sponsors and public pension funds are going to investment consultants for assistance in developing ESG strategies and selecting managers to execute them, said Meg Voorhes, deputy director and research director at the Washington, D.C.-based Social Investment Forum.

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