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Investing in Human Development. A guideline for taking development aspects into account when making socially responsible investments

Art.-Nr.: 2005-12

Year of publication: 2005

Private savers and institutional investors are increasingly asking nowadays about the social and ecological impacts of their investments. Replies to these questions can be found in studies into the environmental and social compatibility of listed companies and bond issues conducted by sustainability rating agencies.From the middle of the 1990s onwards socialand development aspects began to play a more significant role in ethical investment in the FederalRepublic of Germany. The agencies developed appropriate methods of analysis. However, even today it is not possible to investigate the social and development impacts of corporate behaviour with the same degree of reliability as ecological matters. Moreover, there is a lack of examples to show that companies have changed their behaviour as a result of pressure from socially responsible investors.

Given this situation, SÜDWIND undertook to investigate in its project »Investing in Human Development« the criteria and research methods that have been developed within the framework of sustainable investment to look at development factors, how they need to be developed further and how they can ultimately serve to get companies to behave in ways that have a positive impact for the people and economies in developing countries and emerging economies.

(Antje Schneeweiß, 44 Pages)

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Investing in Human Development. A guideline for taking development aspects into account when making socially responsible investments

Art.-Nr.: 2005-12

Year of publication: 2005

Private savers and institutional investors are increasingly asking nowadays about the social and ecological impacts of their investments. Replies to these questions can be found in studies into the environmental and social compatibility of listed companies and bond issues conducted by sustainability rating agencies.From the middle of the 1990s onwards socialand development aspects began to play a more significant role in ethical investment in the FederalRepublic of Germany. The agencies developed appropriate methods of analysis. However, even today it is not possible to investigate the social and development impacts of corporate behaviour with the same degree of reliability as ecological matters. Moreover, there is a lack of examples to show that companies have changed their behaviour as a result of pressure from socially responsible investors.

Given this situation, SÜDWIND undertook to investigate in its project »Investing in Human Development« the criteria and research methods that have been developed within the framework of sustainable investment to look at development factors, how they need to be developed further and how they can ultimately serve to get companies to behave in ways that have a positive impact for the people and economies in developing countries and emerging economies.

(Antje Schneeweiß, 44 Pages)

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