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There are innumerable good reasons to make sure your company’s 401(k) plan has at least one sustainable fund as part of its menu, but let’s take two for starters: the Schroders 2022 US retirement survey found that three-quarters of defined contribution retirement plan participants said they would or might increase their plan contributions if it offered environmental, social, and governance (ESG) options, and 40% of respondents said that putting ESG options in defined contribution plans also improves how participants view their employers.

Though only 31% of 401(k) respondents reported having an ESG option on their menu, 90% of the respondents who do have access choose to invest in the ESG option – demonstrating just how popular sustainable options are among employees.

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