Socially-responsible investing has been maligned for limiting the universe of stocks and bonds from which portfolio managers can choose and as a result, producing funds that do not perform as well as their socially-indifferent counterparts.

But, some international socially-responsible funds appear to be defying expectations and turning in notable performances. They are doing so despite their dual challenge of navigating the turbulent international investing seas and of limiting their investment choices to what they consider to be socially-responsible companies.

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