According to information from the Sustainable Business Institute (SBI), publisher of the European market platform www.sustainable-investment.org, a total of 357 sustainable retail funds were approved for distribution in Germany, Austria and / or Switzerland as on 31.12.2011.
By 31.12.2011, these 357 funds were invested with about 30 billion Euros. At the end of 2012 the SBI registered 354 funds that were invested with a total of about 34 billion Euros.
The Sustainable Business Institute (SBI) includes all funds that consider, in a specific way, social, environmental or ethical criteria. The SBI relies on information contained in the fund prospectuses and fact sheets of the investment companies.
Overall, up to end of the year 2011, 36 funds were newly recorded into the fund universe of the SBI funds database. These funds were either launched in 2011, have adapted their strategy to "sustainability" or were already registered in other countries. At the end of 2011, these funds were invested with approximately 2.5 billion Euros. 33 funds have been closed since the beginning of the year or merged with other funds.
18.2 billion Euros were invested in 197 equity funds. The performance of the equity funds that were already launched in late 2010 was very diverse: in 2011 it ranged between plus 11% and minus 60%. It should be noted that the nature of the equity funds differ greatly: These funds include broadly based international funds as well as specialized funds with a regional focus, and also technology and specialist funds.
5.5 billion Euros were invested in 53 fixed income funds. The performance of these funds that were already launched in late 2010 ranged between plus 19% and minus 11% in 2011.
4.6 billion Euros were invested in 60 balanced funds and 570 million Euros in 17 umbrella funds. The performance of balanced funds that had been launched in late 2010 was between plus 8% and minus 41% in 2011. The performance of the umbrella funds that were launched in late 2010, was between minus 0,5% and minus 23%. Looking at the mixed- and umbrella funds it should be noted that the proportion of shares in the portfolio differs significantly - with a corresponding impact on risk and return.
A total of approx. 600 million Euros was invested in the 24 sustainable ETFs. The performance of the ETFs that were already launched by the end of 2010 was between plus 5% and minus 38% in 2011.
Dr. Paschen v. Flotow, Sustainable Business Institute (SBI), January 2012