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The SRI Market

At the end of June 2009, the European market for Socially Responsible Investments (or SRIs) for private investors was worth €53.3 billion. Compared with the previous year, a 9% growth in terms of assets under management and 27% in terms of the number of funds, with France and Belgium proving the most dynamic (source: Vigeo Research "Green, Social and Ethical funds in Europe. 2009 Review").

The market is dominated by four countries - France, the United Kingdom, Belgium and Switzerland - that absorb 70% of the assets under management by SRI mutual funds. In terms of distribution by type, the assets under management by SRI mutual funds based on equities fell to 55% of the total (from 62% the year before) in favour of fixed-return SRI funds (33% vs. 25% the year before); meanwhile, balance lines remained unchanged (12%).

Since 2010, when we first identified our SRI investors base, SRI investor presence in Eni has constantly grown reaching a current total of around 155m shares.

A remarkable 64% of shares managed by investment advisors in Eni are held by institutions signatories of one or more of the following agreements: Institutional Investor Group on Climate Change (IIGCC), UK Stewardship Code, Carbon Disclosure Project and the United Nations-sponsored Principles for Responsible Investing.

173 current investors in Eni are signatories of the UNPRI followed by 106 of the CDP, 67 of the UK Stewardship Code while 40 are members of the IIGCC. Nine have signed all four agreements.

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Last updated on 28/08/14