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Sustainable investment assets are continuing to climb globally. At the start of 2018 those assets had reached $30.7 trillion in the five major markets (Europe, United States, Japan, Canada and Australia/New Zealand), according to the latest Global Sustainable Investment Review (GSIR). In addition, the proportion of sustainable investing relative to total managed assets grew in almost every region, with the exception of Europe.

Ina a maturing market, sustainable investing assets grew at a modest pace, slower than that of the overall universe of assets professionally managed in Europe, informs the GSIR, maybe lingering in the robust debate over defining sustainable investing.

In Latin America, the review highlights that sustainable investment was showing several developments in different countries, including Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Peru and Argentina.

The Global Sustainable Investment Review 2018, the fourth edition of this biennial report, was published by the Global Sustainable Investment Alliance (GSIA), a collaboration of membership-based sustainable investment organizations around the world, collating results from market studies of regional sustainable investment forums from Europe, the United States, Japan, Canada, and Australia and New Zealand.

The Global Sustainable Investment Review defines sustainable investing as an investment approach that considers environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors in portfolio selection and management.

-Global Sustainable Investment Alliance (GSIA). 2018 Global Sustainable Investment Review