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Global Sustainable Investement Alliance

Report Methodology The report is a collaboration of seven regional sustainable investment organizations using survey data and other information collected by each region and adapting it to a common framework. Most regions used a combination of proprietary surveys and other sources to collate data (for example funds data services providers). However, each region had a slightly different process for collecting data. Any discrepancies between the figures reported in the regional reports and the data stated in this report are due to certain necessary adjustments to make the data more comparable or to avoid double counting of assets. Assets are assigned to regions based on where they are managed, not based on where they are invested or sold. Europe In European markets, a survey designed by Eurosif was distributed to asset managers and asset owners based in Europe, covering both institutional and retail assets. While responses have been verified to ensure their accuracy, the results are based on self-reporting. Eurosif, in collaboration with its eight national SIF members and other partner organizations, covered 14 distinct markets in detail: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom (UK). Data was collected from April to July 2012, and respondents were asked to report data as of December 31, 2011. More detail on the methodology is available in the European SRI Study 2012, available from the Eurosif website. United States In the United States, the US SIF Foundation, from late April through July 2012, sent a confidential, personalized survey link to approximately 1,100 investment management firms and institutional asset owners identified in previous surveys as practicing sustainable investing strategies or believed to be new entrants to sustainable investing practice. Survey recipients were asked to detail whether they considered ESG issues in investment analysis and portfolio selection, to list the issues considered, and to report the value of the US-domiciled assets affected as of December 31, 2011. They were also asked to report their total US-domiciled assets as of year-end 2011 and whether they filed shareholder resolutions or engaged in other shareholder engagement activities. The research team also collected additional data from public and third-party sources. More detail on the methodology is available in the 2012 Report on Sustainable and Responsible Investing Trends in the United States, available from the US SIF Foundation website. Canada In Canada, the Social Investment Organization contacted asset management firms directly, requesting information on sustainable investing assets under management, effective December 31, 2011. SIO emailed survey questionnaires to participants, and followed up by telephone. The survey results were combined with publicly available data on retail sustainable investing funds compiled by the SIO. Data on impact investing was obtained from a survey of community investment providers across Canada and was combined with other publicly available information and other data. Pension fund assets were gathered from publicly available sources combined with interviews with fund representatives. More detail on the methodology is available in the Canadian Socially Responsible Investment Review 2012, available from the SIO website. Global Sustainable Investment Review 2012 5


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