Encyclopedia of Business and Professional Ethics

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Has the Mainstreaming of Responsible Investment Eroded Ethics? Insights from Investor Advocacy on Human Rights in Conflict Zones

  • Priya Bala-MillerEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-23514-1_39-1



By many accounts, the responsible investment story that has unfolded over the last two decades is impressive. The sector has seen staggering growth in the volume of assets being managed in line with responsible investment principles (GSIA 2017), and investor participation in sustainability-oriented networks continues to widen and deepen.1 Nonetheless, these laudable gains in mainstreaming responsible investment have not precluded scholars and practitioners from pointing out that, aspirational commitments aside, forceful action by investors on pressing sustainability challenges remains elusive. These critiques have particularly resonated with regard to the social dimensions of responsible investing. As Louche and Hebb (2014) argue, the industry’s focus on the technicalities of integrating sustainability issues or related financial impacts, though important, has been...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

Section editors and affiliations

  • Tessa Hebb
    • 1
  1. 1.Carleton UniversityOttawaCanada