Socially responsible investment

Christopher Cowton, Joakim Sandberg

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Applied Ethics
EditorsRuth Chadwick
Place of PublicationSan Diego, CA
PublisherAcademic Press Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9780123739322
ISBN (Print)9780123736321
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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