Socially responsible investing is gaining greater acceptance among mutual fund portfolio managers, as more managers worldwide are finding environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) issues important and relevant to mainstream investment analysis. In fact, within the next five years, they expect these issues to become even more critical factors affecting performance.

Currently, 65% of managers worldwide believe globalization and 62% think corporate governance are the two ESG issues that are most relevant to typical investment analysis, according to a Mercer Investment Consulting survey of 157 investment management firms worldwide, with assets of more than $20 trillion.

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