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ESG by the Numbers: Sustainable Investing Set Records in 2021

Icebergs float along the eastern cost of Greenland near Kulusuk.

Icebergs float along the eastern cost of Greenland near Kulusuk.

Photographer: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images

Even with the current market tumult, anyone who thinks ESG is a bubble might want to hedge their bets. While definitions of environmental, social and governance investing vary -- it can mean putting your money in anything from a wind-energy company to a Silicon Valley tech giant -- assets are set to balloon to $50 trillion by 2025 from about $35 trillion, according to estimates from Bloomberg Intelligence. The growth has been spurred by record-breaking fund inflows amid concerns about climate change and other societal issues. 

Here are four charts that give a sense of where investors are putting their money, and how profitable this trend is proving for the funds shaping the field.