“260 Insights about SRI” – Published on Emerging Markets ESG today – Friday, January 20, 2012

On November 5, 2010 Emerging Markets ESG published the inaugural interview in its weekly expert interview series, “Five Questions about SRI.”  On January 6, 2012 Emerging Markets ESG published the 52nd interview in the series.

Emerging Markets ESG would like to thank each academic, expert and practitioner who contributed an interview during the first year of the series.

Today Emerging Markets ESG publishes an article analyzing the responses to the 52 interviews published during the previous 15 months.  Thus, the article bears the title “260 Insights about SRI.”

The goals of Five Questions about SRI are fourfold:

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

With these goals as a Leitmotiv, the article analyzes 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.

To download the article and a complete list of interviews published during the first year of the series, please click on the respective link below: