SRI Follows ESG to ROI - CSR Minute for September 9, 2013

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SRI Follows ESG to ROI - CSR Minute for September 9, 2013

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Monday, September 9, 2013 - 4:00pm

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Sustainable responsible investment is continuing to shift toward an ESG—environmental-social-governance—performance filter, moving on from more purist definitions of good, green companies. “ESG is one of the undiscovered opportunities in the market today,” says Steven Soranno, a senior equity analyst at Calvert Investments, in a recent New York Times report. Serrano should know. Before joining Calvert, a company that manages mutual funds invested in socially and environmentally responsible companies, he worked at Credit Suisse, the multinational financial services company. While at the Zurich-based firm, Sorrano says that he could identify with sustainability factors when making traditional investments. An ESG screen allows investors to compare companies within sectors, explains Matthew Patsky, chief executive of Trillium Asset Management, one of the oldest independent investment advisory firms dedicated to SRI. That allows the socially responsible investor to concentrate on profits while taking into account better corporate governance when making investment choices. And profits there are: Joe O’Keefe, president and chief executive of Pax World Management, a mutual fund company focused on ESG investments, says the company’s Global Environmental Markets Fund has outperformed the MSCI World Index since that fund was started in 2008. The bottom line? It looks like the integration of financial valuation methods with ESG factors is turning the idea of the triple bottom line from theory into reality. I’m John Howell for 3BL Media. 

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