Go for growth: Three global sustainable strategies to watch

The sustainable global growth equity market has turned a corner after a gruelling 2022

Ronald Van Genderen, senior manager research analyst, Morningstar against a close up of a sunflower


Ronald van Genderen, senior manager research analyst, Morningstar

Including ESG considerations into an investment approach often leads to portfolios that have a growth bias. But with investors shunning the growth style and favouring more value-oriented investments in 2022, sustainable investors had to stomach a substantial loss.

As an indication of this, the MSCI World Index lost 7.83% (in GBP), the MSCI World Growth Index bled 20.29%, while the MSCI World Value Index rose 5.26%.

Against this backdrop and with a turbulent market environment in mind, it is no surprise that investors’ interest dropped. Inflows into sustainable funds across all asset classes fell by roughly 70% in comparison with 2021’s flows.

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Despite the considerable decrease in new money flowing into sustainable funds, they still proved to be more resilient than the broader market.

Moving into 2023, the market took a turn once again as growth funds rebounded in the first four months of the year. The MSCI World Growth Index returned 11.92% versus 4.91% for the MSCI World Index and a negative 1.57% for the MSCI World Value Index.

Click below for a look at three sustainable growth strategies demonstrating a solid approach.

Read the full analysis in ESG Clarity’s June 2023 digital magazine


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