Investment Terms

Various terms are used, often interchangeably, to describe investments made with consideration for factors in addition to financial return. Here are a few of the most-often used.

Socially Responsible Investing

This term was among the first used to describe investing with an eye to potential societal impacts. It’s often abbreviated SRI. Typically, these investments steer clear of ccompanies whose activities some consider harmful to society.

ESG investing

ESG investing: Stands for three factors that are taken into account when assembling a portfolio: environmental, social and governance. Environmental factors may include air and water pollution, energy efficiency and carbon emissions; social, diversity policies, labor standards and employee engagement; and governance, executive compensation, political contributions and community relations.

Impact investing

This is the flip side of SRI, which excludes certain stocks: impact investors choose stocks they believe are positively affecting social or environmental aspects of the world, whether they are championing a new take on clean energy or strengthening protections for workers.

Source: Morningstar Inc.


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