Socially responsible impact investing (SRI) was born out of the idea that the way we spend and invest our money has consequences—both good and bad. Today, SRI investors are weighing financial performance alongside social and environmental factors, choosing investment opportunities that align with their values without sacrificing performance. For many, that means directing investment capital into responsible, transparent businesses, organizations and funds that can deliver a measurable financial, social and environmental return.
The US SIF Foundation’s 2016 biennial report on the scope of sustainable, responsible and impact investing in the United States found:
SRI investors are often motivated to invest in businesses and organizations that advance social, environmental and governance (ESG) practices. Some specific issues of concern to SRI investors include:
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