Whether you’re new to SRI or an experienced practitioner, there is much to be learned from the perspectives of key stakeholders in the space. Seeing through the lens of financial leaders, corporations, and consumers can help investors and investment professionals identify their role in SRI and locate the opportunities to create new value for themselves, their clients, and their organizations.
Proxy voting is perhaps the most basic way that investors can share their stances on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues with corporate management, yet it does not receive much attention in conversations about responsible investment, and even less so in the broader realm of social finance.
You shouldn't brand community investment initiatives at all; that they should be built on the same values and value as the core enterprise.
A new report by the Social Investment Organization shows that socially responsible investment (SRI) assets in Canada continue to climb, showing growth in virtually every major market segment and outpacing growth of total assets under management. The authors also report that impact investing assets have grown to a total of $5.3 billion, or a 20% increase since 2010.
There are plenty of opportunities to address core social issues and support social enterprises while generating solid financial returns over the long term. I believe that businesses can look at how they can best support social enterprises. At RBC, we’re figuring out how to structure financing so that social benefits are not simply a happy coincidence, but part of the mainstream economic model. It’s early days for us, but we’re committed to taking a leadership role in impact financing.