Investors play a central role in the global economy, providing financing for businesses and new technologies, playing a role as stewards of companies whose shares they own or manage, and enabling individuals to live with decency in retirement. However, many institutional investors have focussed to an unhealthy degree on short term returns and paid too little attention to the social and environmental impacts of their activities.
By Guest Author - Mark Robertson - EIRIS – January, 2012
2012 ought to be a big year for sustainable investment. Calls for a more responsible approach to capitalism are growing, along with the sense that a more sophisticated understanding of investment risk – one which takes longer-term sustainability issues into account – is urgently required.
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