October 2011 Vol. 16 No. 10
Different strokes for different folks
Category: Asia, China, Europe, U.S.A., United Kingdom
By Paul Mackintosh
Responsibility and returns are not mutually exclusive
Socially responsible investing (SRI) is joining risk-adjusted returns and stakeholder accountability among the mantras of many institutional investors worldwide. The systematic adoption of social, ecological, ethical and other criteria for investments alongside more directly financial ones is perhaps formalising and codifying an approach long pursued in any case by some of the world’s best institutions; however, it is also raising more questions about how SRI works and what the actual criteria should be. Asia Asset Management spoke to prominent investors – those who have adopted SRI as part of the basis of their asset allocation principles – on how these guide their choices and what the results are.
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