Creating Social Impact Through Responsible Investing

August 06, 2015 | David Hernandez, CFA, Director of Traditional Manager Search

A growing population of socially conscious investors has energized socially responsible investment (SRI) strategies in the past decade. The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment defines SRI as the process of integrating personal values and societal concerns into investment decision making. SRI has increased in the U.S. from $639 million in 1995 to $6.6 trillion in 2014. These assets account for roughly 17% of total dollars under management in the U.S.

This newsletter outlines a brief history of SRI, approaches to implementing an SRI program including positive and negative screening and shareholder activism; impact investing; example products and solutions in equities, fixed income, and real estate; investor concerns around performance and fiduciary liability, and considerations for implementing a sustainable investing program.

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David Hernandez, CFA
Director of Traditional Manager Search

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