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What Is Socially Responsible Investing (SRI)?

Date Added: April 24, 2012 01:03:29 PM
Author: Joey
Category: Business & Economy: Finance & Investment

This in reality means that those investments are investments only in companies which adhere to certain norms. It steers investment away from enterprises engaging in what are deemed antisocial activities such as tobacco, alcohol, weapons, military supplies, gambling and pornography and instead insists that the investment is channeled into acceptable activities such as Eco-fuels, environmentally friendly activities such as wind farms, as well as social justice projects like affordable housing, education, health care and community projects. This is advertised as integrating personal, social and environmental concerns with the financial consideration ensuring that investments have a 'positive impact' on the society and the environment. In order to achieve this the portfolios of an investment fund is screened to ensure that all investments are channeled in such a manner and that good environmental governance incorporating social responsibility is a driving force in the investment strategy of the fund. The name for these is Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and SRI screens are being used more and more often to only invest in leaders with a strong CSR in clean technologies and outstanding social and governance policies and practices. SRI tends to conflict with the aggressive nature of the objectives of those hedge funds whose investment strategy is profit at all costs. This does not necessarily preclude all hedge funds from SRI however and there are some regulated hedge funds managed that are selective as to the targets of their investments. It is of course a far easier investment strategy to adopt when managing a investment fund, mutual fund or unit trust that sets out to attract members by advertising social responsible investing at the outset. As more and more people see the benefits of SRI it is expected that this sector will grow and grow.
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