Two years ago, Canada's socially responsible investing (SRI) community was in a cheerful, even celebratory mood. Many felt that a trickle-down effect from the pension world would provide a much-needed boost to the SRI retail sector.
Fast forward to today. Investors have seen their portfolios ravaged by the credit crisis and subsequent stock market meltdown. Pundits seem to agree that the worst is over, but we're not out of the woods yet.
Returns are once again the focus of most investors and high-minded ideals may have to take a backseat. But academic research suggests SRI does not create performance drag, and true believers say it can play a key role in reducing risk, as one of the cornerstones of the movement is the call for better governance and transparency.
The link below will take you to a compilation of stories reported from the Social Investment Organization's conference recently wrapped up in Winnipeg, as well as other events concerning governance. These articles probe the future of an investment model built on principles other than returns.