Over the past few weeks there has been a lot of discussion about socially responsible investing and socially responsible benchmarks.

What is the definition of socially responsible investing (SRI), which is often referred to as sustainable and ethical? Socially responsible investing is often described as representing companies that comply with global norms of corporate behavior. Sustainable investing means including environmental and social factors in investment decisions. Ethical investing is typically based on environmental, religious and/or political views. SRI is not new as political, religious and moral values have helped to inform and direct where investors invest since the early days of investing.

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