Double Bottom Line Research
As a result of its investing strategies, SRI not only works to enhance the bottom lines of the companies and investors, but to also hold corporations to a more responsible standard and help make a better world. This is what we call the “Double Bottom Line”. With SRI, investors can put their money to work to build a more sustainable world while seeking competitive returns both today and over time.
Ample evidence of the growth of SRI is found in the increasing investment in SRI by state pension funds, university endowments, and foundations. These fiduciaries are obligated by law to seek competitive returns for the portfolios they manage. The fact that a growing number of major U.S. fiduciaries are either screening their portfolios, engaging in shareholder advocacy, or directing assets to community investing, demonstrates that these three SRI strategies do not impede financial returns.
In academia, the prestigious Moskowitz Prize is the only global award recognizing outstanding quantitative research in sustainable and responsible investing. Since its launch in 1996 by Berkeley-Haas and US SIF, its winners have explored shareholder activism, socially responsible mutual funds, and social responsible investing as a catalyst to financial performance, among other topics. For this and previous year’s research papers, please click here.