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Millennials are more inclined than previous generations to consider responsible investing, which includes integrating environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) factors into their portfolios, according to a 2016 report by the Responsible Investment Association.

Here are some highlights from the report:

more likely than Boomers to believe that companies with good social and environmental practices will be more profitable.

as likely as Boomers to believe that companies with good social and environmental policies and practices are better long-term investments.

65%

more likely than Boomers to consider ESG factors when making investment decisions.

more than 2x as likely as Boomers to believe that companies with good social and environmental practices can provide investors with better protection against downside risks.

60%

more likely than Boomers to exit an investment because of objectionable corporate activity on social or environmental issues.

82%

of millennial investors believe that responsible investing will become more important in the next 5 years

67%

believe it is important for their financial advisor to be knowledgeable about RI issues and trends, compared to 52% of Gen X and 54% of Boomers

These trends demonstrate a bright future for responsible investing. As millennials’ incomes begin to rise and the $30 trillion they are poised to inherit starts trickling down into the hands of this emerging generation of investors, the responsible investing industry is expected to grow exponentially.1

1. Wall Street Has Its Eyes on Millennials' $30 Trillion Inheritance. Bloomberg, March 3, 2015

Learn more about how RBC GAM puts ESG into practice, or talk to your financial advisor.

Disclosure

This has been provided by RBC Global Asset Management Inc. (RBC GAM) and is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to provide legal, accounting, tax, investment, financial or other advice and such information should not be relied upon for providing such advice. The information contained herein is from sources believed to be reliable, but accuracy cannot be guaranteed.