ESG 360°

Uncovering opportunities in environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing

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The report will enable subscribers to:

With bimonthly publication, your firm can stay on top of emerging trends in ESG

With ESG implementation still nascent, having an in-depth understanding of trends now gives firms a competitive edge

By understanding what each audience needs and wants from ESG, your firm can tailor offerings to boost ROI



  • US institutional investors, affluent investors, financial advisors, DC plan sponsors, DC plan participants, DC plan advisors
  • Quantitative samples range from a representative mix of n=500 to n=4,600
  • Qualitative sample reflects key demographics with a diverse mix of n=25 to n=50


Subscription Details

  • Ongoing data collection
  • Bimonthly reporting (Quant/Qual): Publication
    • US institutional investors (Q4 2018/Nov–Dec 2018): Feb 2019
    • DC plan sponsors (Mar–Apr/May): Jun 2019
    • DC plan participants (May/Jun): Sep 2019
    • Affluent investors (Jun/Jul): Nov 2019
    • Financial advisors (Jul/Aug): Nov 2019
    • DC Plan advisors (Aug/Sep): Nov 2019
  • 360° summary review: Dec 2019


  • Six reports (one for each audience) with quantitative data and qualitative insights
  • End-of-year 360° summary report with strategic commentary and analysis weaving together data and insights across all six audiences

Investment: $50,000* (OR SEPARATELY AT $10,000 PER AUDIENCE)

* Special discount pricing available for Brandscape/Planscape subscribers


Areas of Inquiry

Awareness of ESG Investing

  • Current definition of ESG, including top-of-mind associations

Consideration and Appeal

  • Evaluation of key consideration drivers including social responsibility, environmentally-friendly causes, alignment with personal values/ organization’s mission, reputation/goodwill, risk management, enhanced performance and tax incentives
  • Influence of each component of ESG in comparison to one another

Barriers to Use

  • Ranking of barriers to adoption including lack of availability/limited choices, weak demand, inconsistent definitions, insufficient ESG data

Current Use and Allocation

  • ESG investing use and likelihood of adoption over the next 12 months
  • Use of specific ESG strategies, including integrating ESG factors into products/portfolios

Asset Manager Brand Consideration and Satisfaction

  • Asset managers most associated with ESG investing (unaided brand consideration)
  • Asset-manager-specific satisfaction ratings for ESG/impact investing

Audience-specific Research Objectives

  • In addition to the overarching set of research questions above, we will ask audience-specific questions to hone in on the more detailed needs of each population
Percentage of AUM in DC plans
• Percentage of compensation from DC plans
• Number and size of plans managed
Services provided to DC plan sponsors and participants
• Impact of fee disclosure regulations
• Number of plan providers typically recommended
• Number and type of investment options typically recommended
• QDIA option used most often
• Target date fund recommendation
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