Sustainable, Responsible, Impact Investing was the subject of the 25th annual SRI Conference, held November 9–11, 2014 at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. I’ll post some notes from the conference, beginning next week. Meanwhile, take a look at the Twitter feed at #SRIC14.
Sustainable, Responsible, Impact Investing (or “SRI”) is becoming more and more popular as investors seek to make money and at the same time have a positive impact. SRI investment strategies seek to direct the flow of investment capital in healthy and transformative ways — toward the creation of a truly sustainable future.
As Schueth notes, in 2006 the United Nations Principles For Responsible Investing coined a related term ESG, for environment, social and governance – as three primary issue areas of focus. The Principles are voluntary and aspirational, designed to be compatible with the investment styles of large, diversified, institutional investors that operate within a traditional fiduciary framework. There are 1260 signatories representing US $45 trillion assets under management. Here’s the video on Sustainable, Responsible, Impact Investing.
SRI used to mean Socially Responsible Investing but the change to Sustainable, Responsible, Impacting Investing places greater emphasis on sustainability and having an impact. Those elements have always been important. Interesting how you can keep the acronym but change the words that make it up. What it will be twenty-five years from now?