Philosophical Foundations of Impact Investing

September 30th, 2017 by Kara in Case Studies

By: Georgette Fernandez Laris As pointed in our earlier piece, impact investing is about good profits: making money while doing good. Impact investing reminds us sound monetary returns and positive socio-environmental impact returns are not mutually exclusive, but can be complementary and even mutually enhancing. Here are the philosophical reasons why. 1. Context: where the impact investment market stands While financial initiatives in favour of investments for social good emerged in the 1980’s, the impact investing label gathered momentum in the early 2000’s, especially from the onset of the 2008 global financial crisis. ...

Ethics of Socially Responsible Funds

August 23rd, 2016 by Kara in Case Studies

By: Seamus Vaughan Lucey Certain mutual funds attempt to be both ethical and profitable. Early attempts at reconciling the two goals were limited. However, the market for mutual funds now includes a rising number of socially responsible funds for investors who wish to profit without causing harm. Since beginning in its current form in the early 1980’s, socially responsible investment (SRI) has grown rapidly from a small group of niche funds to representing a significant proportion of all investments made. The United States Social Investment Forum (US SIF) 2014 Trends Report states that ...