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Socially Responsible Investment LawRegulating the Unseen Polluters$
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Benjamin J. Richardson

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195333459

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333459.001.0001

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The Path to Ethical Investment for Sustainability

The Path to Ethical Investment for Sustainability

(p.509) Chapter 8 The Path to Ethical Investment for Sustainability
Socially Responsible Investment Law

Benjamin J. Richardson

Oxford University Press

This chapter outlines possible regulatory reforms to improve the quality and impact of SRI. Given the gravity of the environmental crisis and the central role of the financial sector in that crisis, it argues that governments need to adopt more comprehensive reforms. Ethical investment to ensure protection of the environment should be the main goal. Among the options, the chapter focuses on redefining the fiduciary duties of financial institutions to promote sustainable development, as these duties determine the overarching goals of investment policy. Complementary measures, including social accounting and sustainability performance indicators, should be introduced to give substance to a new fiduciary standard.

Keywords:   ethical investment, ecological integrity, fiduciary duties, social accounting, sustainability performance indicators

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