Socially Responsible Investment

In Ruth Chadwick (ed.), Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics, 2nd ed. Academic Press. pp. 142-151 (2012)
Abstract
Socially responsible investment (SRI) – sometimes termed “ethical investment” – refers to the practice of integrating social, environmental, or ethical criteria into financial investment decisions. Whereas conventional investment focuses upon financial risk and return from stocks and bonds, SRI includes other goals or constraints. It is the nature of the source, and not just the size, of the financial return that is of concern in SRI. This article introduces the principal investment strategies generally pursued under SRI, and then focuses specifically on the ethical dimension – that is, whether current SRI practices constitute an ethically justified, perhaps even ethically superior, way of investing.
Keywords Armaments  Avoidance strategy  Bonds  Credit unions  Ethical investment  Fair trade  Finance  Investment  Investment strategies  mutual funds  Shareholder activism  Shares  Social banks  Socially responsible investment  Stock market  Supportive strategy
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