GLG Network Survey: ESG Investments II

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GLG interviewed 90 ESG and non-ESG investors who are planning to invest in ESG in the future. This is the second survey following the first iteration conducted in July 2021.

What will you learn from this survey?

  • The research assessed the importance the current environmental, social and governance issues for ESG investors.
  • Respondents commented on the most common exclusionary criteria for ESG investments and provided their views on the likelihood of investors starting to use UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of their investment framework.
  • Lastly, the survey looked into the key regulatory developments asset managers should be aware of that would influence their ESG practices and products.

Examples of findings:

  • In this wave, 87% of experts said it is likely ESG investing will become a standard in the next 5 years which is the same figure as July 2021 (87%).
  • Half (53%) of respondents say the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are ‘extremely important’ as part of the investment framework for ESG investors.
  • The majority (87%) of experts say that companies are likely to start using the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of their investment framework.


The GLG Surveys team drafted the questionnaire with the support of GLG Network Member, Christopher Boyd, former Environmental Policy Development at European Commission.

The standard deliverable includes: 

  • 1 x Individual responses (“raw data”) in Excel.
  • 1 x PPT report with aggregated data.
  • Executive summary with key takeaways and highlights from the raw data.


  • Which of the following are the top 5 most common exclusionary criteria for ESG investors?
  • In your view, what are the top 3 most important environmental issues for ESG investors?
  • In your view, what are the top 3 most important social issues for ESG investors?
  • In your view, what are the top 3 most important governance issues for ESG investors?
  • How important are the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in your view as part of the investment framework for ESG investors?
  • Please rank the top 3 SDGs you think companies support the most.
  • How likely do you think ESG investing will become a standard in the next 5 years for other funds similar to yours?
  • From your experience, what are the top 3 biggest ESG challenges?

This survey is available to subscribers of the Financial Business Services (FBS), Legal, Economic & Regulatory Affairs (LERA) and Accounting and Financial Analysis (AFA) sector (Limited subscriptions and above). This offer includes the raw data file and a high-level presentation through PowerPoint. Please contact your GLG representative for details on your firm’s access.

Request other available and upcoming Network Surveys within the sector:

  • GLG Tracker: Debt Collectors II  
    • Second survey to follow the first wave conducted in December 2021. 50 senior executives managing Non-performing loans (NPL) discussed the latest trends for the European debt collection market. Experts commented on how COVID-19 has impacted the legal/regulatory regime for companies in their industry and what actions were taken to adjust the expected collections in the last period. 
    • Questionnaire was drafted by Najib Nathoo, Managing Director of the Rede Company and former CEO of Hoist Finance Region West.  
  • GLG Tracker: Fintech Payments II  
    • Second survey to follow the first iteration in November 2021. 95 retail customers of payment vendors were interviewed on their usage of fintech solutions. Respondents assessed their preferences with regard to different paytech companies as well as “Buy Now, Pay Later” solutions.
    • Questionnaire was drafted by Omar El Sherif, former director of Commercial International Bank (CIB).
  • Market Research Firms
    • 70 customers of Market Research firms, such as Kantar, Ipsos, and Nielsen, were interviewed on their usage of these firms and what influences their use of these.
    • Questionnaire was drafted by Nick Findlay, former Global Head of Operations at Kantar.



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