Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) definition
Full integration of ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) analysis with financial analysis in pursuit of enhanced long term returns. It allows investors, businesses and institutions to coherently align their values with their investments.
Socially Responsible Investors are a voice for tomorrow, their message – Make money for me yes, but stealing money is different from making money; stealing from the poor, from the natural environment, from civic society is not making money. We can harness the power of the world’s economic engine for the creation of a more livable tomorrow. -Amy Domini, Socially Responsible Investing.
SRI and ESG can help use the power of money to build the political will by exerting pressure on corporations and encouraging environmental gains. As corporations, with their large asset base, become more sustainable; their influence on elected officials can help build the necessary environmental political will.
“Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”
-Robert F Kennedy