The 2012 Report on Sustainable and Responsible Investing Trends in the United States, released last week by U.S. SIF, is the sustainable, responsible, and impact (SRI) investment industry’s primary barometer of the both the growth of professionally managed values-based and community development investments and the important environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues of our time.
What SRI investors have always known is that ESG criteria affects shareholder value in both positive and negative ways. The Trends Report illustrates that even during these troubling economic times, or perhaps because of them, more individuals and institutions are integrating their values into their investments: $3.7 trillion — over 11 percent of all managed assets, a 22 percent increase in two years. The Trends Report has measured the growth and impact of SRI since 1995, then only a $600 billion industry, and the recent influx of conventional firms into the SRI arena — Deutsche Bank, Bloomberg, and MSCI, for example — reflects the mainstreaming of SRI across all asset classes, industries, continents, performance metrics, and investor types.
Via Digital Sustainability