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Nybom, Jozefine, 2012. An investigation of decisions that drive socially responsible investment. Second cycle, A2E. Uppsala, Cranfield University: SLU, Dept. of Economics

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This research investigates the priorities that have the most the significant influence on the decision-making process for potential investors considering socially responsible investments (SRI). It was found that the individual financial advisor (IFA) has a great impact on an individual investor’s decision-making process, especially today with increased attention towards climate change. Four IFAs from different consultancies in UK were interviewed to understand what happens in the meeting with a client. Results show that the IFA can influence the clients’ choice of funds. It is also evident that clients choosing SRI funds often have a higher level of education. In general socially responsible investors (SRIs) are less willing to trade funds in their existing portfolio due to limited diversity amongst existing funds available. As a result, there is an increasing demand for Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) criteria to be implemented in the screening process; however, this is still in progress. When looking further into the screening process it is reasonable to question whether SRI is an investment for “doing good” or more accurate to be classified simply as a “brand” or “trademark”.

Main title:An investigation of decisions that drive socially responsible investment
Authors:Nybom, Jozefine
Supervisor:Mark-Herbert, Cecilia
Examiner:Hakelius, Karin
Series:Examensarbete / SLU, Institutionen för ekonomi
Volume/Sequential designation:713
Year of Publication:2012
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:1010A Agriculture Programme (admitted before July 1, 2007) 270 HEC
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Economics
Keywords:Decision making, ethical investment, ESG, investment strategies, responsible investment
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-s-1241
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-s-1241
Subjects:Economics and management
Language:English
Additional Information:Handledare vid Cranfield University: Philip Longhurst, Environmental Science and Technology Department
Deposited On:21 Jun 2012 12:30
Metadata Last Modified:21 Jun 2012 12:30

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