Report: Socially responsible hedge fund assets surge

November 22, 2011   Lawrence Delevingne

But the industry remains a small player in sustainable investing compared to other alternative investors.

The number of hedge funds incorporating environmental, social and corporate governance criteria in making investment decisions is small but growing, according to a report from the Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment.

The recent industry association paper, Sustainability Trends in U.S. Alternative Investments, identified 47 so-called ESG hedge funds managing $2.6 billion, including such boldfaced names as Perella Weinberg Partners, Passport Capital and Highland Capital Management. That’s a small amount compared to the $80.9 billion at 375 private equity, venture capital, property and other alternative investment funds that engaged in some form of sustainable investing in 2011.



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