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Socially Responsible Investment
Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) is an investment concept which integrates companies’ social performance in investment decision making. Responsible investors not only focus on companies’ financial performance, but also evaluate their performance on an environmental protection, social ethics, consumer protection, and public interest basis, and screen out businesses associated with alcohol, tobacco, or weapons, etc.
Environment, Social and Governance
Issues surrounding environment, social, and corporate governance (ESG) are recognised as the three major areas that influence responsible investment, and ESG has become the catch-all term for the concerns that are now central to the measurement of a company’s non-financial and sustainable performance. For investors, the criteria under review go far beyond economic performance when assessing if a company is accountable to its shareholders or not. In 2005, the United Nations established the Principles of Responsible Investment (UNPRI), aiming to provide a framework for investors to incorporate ESG issues in their investment process. As environmental and social issues continue to have a greater influence on the global economy, companies’ ESG performance has become a major concern for investors when making investment decisions.
ESG Issues and Mainstream Investors
ESG issues are increasingly important non-financial factors to consider when analysing China’s economic development and making investment decisions. All ESG factors, such as whether a company reduces its greenhouse gas emissions, offers a safe and healthy working environment to its employees, or chooses to place independent directors on its board or not, are widely recognized to influence the long term profitability and sustainability of an organization.
ESG Risk Analysis
An increasing number of Chinese companies have published sustainability reports, which provides analysts with additional information that can be used to evaluate a company’s ESG performance. For investors, ESG information is as important to thoroughly review as the financial data of a potential investment.