We’ve got RI, ESG and CSR: now it’s time for Strategically Aware Investing!

Everyone seems to be clamouring for more “mainstreaming” but, says Matthew Kiernan, the terminology is holding us back.

The enormous confusion and conflation among acronyms (ESG, RI, SRI, CSR, SI) has resulted in their stigmatization by mainstream asset owners, advisors and managers. Words matter, and if sustainability concerns could be shorn of their historical, ideological and emotional baggage we’d all be a good deal further ahead, and so would global environmental and social conditions — not to mention investors’ risk-adjusted returns. Read the article

An extended version of the article is now available as a PDF download.