Forthcoming Article, “260 Insights about SRI” to be published on Emerging Markets ESG in late December 2011 – September 16, 2011

This week, in lieu of publishing an expert interview, “Five Questions about SRI,” Emerging Markets ESG informs you about a forthcoming article
entitled, “260 Insights about SRI.”

As of today, Friday, September 16, 2011 Emerging Markets ESG has published 39 weekly interviews, “Five Questions about SRI,” with academics, experts and practitioners from Africa (two), Asia (four), Australia (one), Europe (20), International Organizations (four) North America (seven) and South America (one).

On December 16, 2011 the 52nd interview in the series will be published.

On December 30, 2011 Emerging Markets ESG will publish an article analyzing the responses to the 52 interviews published over the previous year.  Thus, the article will bear the title “260 Insights about SRI.”

The goals of Five Questions about SRI are fourfold:

  • To reflect on what SRI in emerging markets means to practitioners;
  • To collect a catalogue of examples of SRI in practice in emerging markets;
  • To raise awareness about SRI in emerging markets; and
  • To enable SRI practitioners in emerging markets to network with peers around the world.

With these goals as a Leitmotiv, the article will analyze the responses to each of the five questions, aggregated by gender, geography and institutional background.  An initial analysis of the responses already indicates interesting trends, including:  a clear distinction made between responsible investing and socially responsible investing (SRI); reference to industry-specific differences in reporting on and addressing environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues; recognition of disclosure per se as a challenge across emerging markets; and some differences between responses from those based in developed countries and those based in emerging markets.