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Title:Sustainable savings and investments in Belgium in 2011.
Date of publishing:March 05, 2013
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Sustainable savings and investments in Belgium in 2011.
March 05, 2013

     

The reference report of MIRA (Milieurapport Vlaanderen) concerning sustainable savings and investments in Belgium has been published a few days ago. The research was conducted by Forum ETHIBEL and applies to the year 2011.

Since 2001, Forum ETHIBEL follows, in order of MIRA, the evolution of the sustainable investment products. In 2010, the research field expanded with the savings volumes of solidarity and sustainable savings. The new report updates the existing time series - dating back to 1995 - for sustainable investments and savings.

The latest trends show that sustainable investment in Belgium in 2011 declined in absolute terms (by 8.8% compared to 2010), while compared to the total assets invested in UCIs increased (from 9.1% to 9, 6%). The share of sustainable products in relation to the total assets invested in UCIs in 2011 increased because the general confidence in UCI decreased significantly. The sustainable investment market was by contrast relatively stable.

The sustainable savings grew significantly in 2011, mainly due to new the introduction of new players in the market. The volume more than doubled (118%!) And for the first time we can express the market share in percent (1.27%), rather than in per mille.

The study also provides a clear overview of the challenges for the sector of sustainable investment. The most important is the lack of a regulatory legal framework. Existing initiatives miss their impact because of lack of any clear benchmarks, best practices and standards. Civil society movements and independent research and advisory agencies are pushing for a minimum legal standard for Socially Responsible Investing (SRI). The financial industry itself argues rather for self-regulation. Forum ETHIBEL participates actively in the public debate; in 2012 it provided to Febelfin advice on how the audit and control of sustainable products can be put into practice.

The full report is available on the website of MIRA: http://www.milieurapport.be

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