EXPERT INVESTOR ‘Most funds don’t explain their ESG criteria well enough’

An ESG strategy can only be taken seriously if the data that underpins it is made available, selectors argue. A solid understanding of fund manager’s ‘DNA’ is vital to effectively select environmental, social and governance (ESG) funds because of the lack of standardisation in the sector, fund buyers believe. Matthias Hänsel, senior portfolio manager at W&W Asset Management, explains: “We prefer smaller boutique asset managers, such as Germany’s Ökoworld, that do their own research and have been doing it for a long time. “As they are boutique they really know what they’re doing – they are not doing it because everyone else is doing it.”

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