Most investors believe that companies operating in a socially responsible manner not only pose a lower investment risk, but that they also provide higher returns on investment, according to a recent survey.

Some 71% of the 600 investors surveyed said they agreed that ethical companies presented less of an investment risk, while 68% said that companies operating with a higher level of integrity deliver higher returns, the Calvert Group study found. Calvert is the largest family of socially responsible mutual funds in the U.S., accounting for some $9 billion in assets under management.

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