SRI Survey: 2013 To Be Year Of “Impact Investing,”

6 09 2012

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If you think that SRI is only about investing in socially screened mutual funds, you haven’t been paying enough attention. The rapid rise of “impact investing” is going to have a big impact on the world of sustainable, responsible, impact (SRI) investing in the coming year, according to The 2012 SRI Conference Survey of more than 200 SRI professionals.

The first annual survey conducted by First Affirmative Financial Network is being released today, one month ahead of The 2012 SRI Conference (formerly known as SRI in the Rockies), the largest annual gathering of responsible investors and investment professionals in North America. Set for October 2-4, 2012 in Connecticut, the 23rd annual SRI Conference is on the East Coast for the first time, in close proximity to New York City, Boston, and Washington, D.C. For registration and other information, go to http://www.SRIconference.com.

The term “impact investing” encompasses a range of approaches–including microfinance and private equity in developing markets–that allow institutions and individual investors to get involved in solving specific social and environmental problems while also generating a return. In some cases, impact investing is designed to achieve market returns; in other cases, a portion of the returns is devoted to achieving a greater social impact.

The August 2012 online survey of 218 SRI/ESG professionals includes the following key findings:…

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