How Financial Markets Can Boost CSR: Green and ethical investing. By the CoBS Learning Solutions team.
Research on South America reveals a surge in local-specific sustainability indexes for investors seeking a clearer picture of firms’ responsible business practices. Can the model of green and ethical investing be applied to other countries?
This has mainly come about through a combination of two factors – the limited nature of stock exchanges in South America and the cost of obtaining ESG data.
In developed markets, this assessment data is collected by investment funds or by social rating agencies which makes the cost of obtaining it high for investors in developing countries. By using indexes created by their local stock markets and whose composition is freely distributed so that any investor can use the information at no cost, Brazil, Mexico and Chile have creatively detoured this onerous aspect.
As green and ethical investing becomes an ever-increasing option for small to large investors with a wish to both earn returns and create positive impact, how can investors make their choice?
How Financial Markets Can Boost CSR: Green and ethical investing
Professor Adrian Zicari, recognised international researcher in the fields of CSR and social and environmental accounting at ESSEC Business School, shares his research. A focus on the developments in socially responsible investing across the world with a practical framework to guide your green or ethical investments.
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Learning objective: Understand developments in Socially Responsible Investing and use a guideline framework for selecting which green or ethical investment to invest in.
Related research: ZICARI, A. Responsabilidad social empresaria en mercados financieros: una perspectiva desde América Latina [publié en 2014]. Cuadernos de RSO, 3(2), pp. 31-40.
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