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Closing the sustainable investment gap

Despite the huge interest in sustainable investment, it still accounts for a tiny share of the asset managed by the UK investment industry. Why?

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Kate Rogers
Head of Sustainability, Wealth

56%* of people in the UK say they are interested in investing sustainably but less than 1% of UK investment managers’ assets are invested in a sustainable or responsible way.


That’s a big gap. How can we close it?

At this year’s Blue Earth Summit – an event which brings together over 2,000 purpose led businesses – Kate Rogers, Global Head of Sustainability for Schroders Wealth Management, joined Bevis Watts, Chief Executive of Triodos Bank UK, and Dr. Rhian-Mari Thomas, Chief Executive of the Green Finance Institute, on a panel where they discussed how we ‘Finance the green energy transition’. 

In the session, Kate highlighted this gap in sustainable investment, and the role of financial institutions to get money where it is needed to drive the transition to a sustainable future.

Within the session, Kate referenced the findings of Schroders global investor survey, which calls out three main barriers which need to be overcome:

1. PERFORMANCE: some investors remain concerned that sustainable investments will generate lower returns.

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2. TRUST: there is a lack of transparency and fear of greenwashing.

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3. ADVICE: 69% of people with a financial adviser have not been given a choice to invest sustainably.***  

Collective action can help deliver that change. All Cazenove Capital clients are given the choice to invest sustainably. Talk to our experts today about how we can help you fulfil your financial and sustainability goals and encourage your friends to ask the same questions of their financial advisor.

* (Source: UK Govt survey 2019 Investing in a better world (
** (Source: IMA investment management survey 21-22 Investment Management Survey 2021-22 full report.pdf (
*** (Source UKSIF, 2023)

This article is issued by Cazenove Capital which is part of the Schroders Group and a trading name of Schroder & Co. Limited, 1 London Wall Place, London EC2Y 5AU. Authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. 

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Kate Rogers
Head of Sustainability, Wealth


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