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Insight of the Week: Economic Inequality Is Seen as a Bigger ​Investment Risk Than Climate Change​

Insight of the Week
05/02/2021
Tove Malmqvist

Economic Inequality Is Seen as a Bigger ​Investment Risk Than Climate Change​

Shareholder Views on Investment Risk, Agree (Somewhat and Strongly), Subsample: Shareholders, Average of 27 Countries (n=9,648), 2020​​​​

Strong majorities of retail investors – people in the general population who own shares directly or indirectly – believe that both economic inequality and climate change are significant risks for shareholders. Only in South Korea and Sweden are retail investors more worried about climate change than inequality, a surprising finding given the amount of scrutiny on climate risk in financial markets.

Notes:

  • Question wording: Please indicate if you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree or strongly disagree with each of the following statements.
  • Data sourceGlobeScan Radar, our 27-country, 27,000-person public opinion study on views of business, government and NGOs, issues tracking, and shifting societal expectations.

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