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Managers consider SRI’s bottom line

On paper, the UN’s Principles for Responsible Investment look successful...However, there is a gap between signing up to a set of principles that state...that one’s investments should not infringe human rights or worsen climate change...and doing something about it...[M]any asset managers talk about socially responsible investing...more than they actually do it..."At a time when the investment world is changing so radically, investors now need to incorporate longer time horizons and adapt to the structural changes coming from economic, environmental, social and corporate governance factors to be successful" [says Roger Urwin, global head of investment content at Towers Watson]...There have been recent...concerns that the importance of SRI was being downplayed in a post-crisis era of austerity...[However, one] sign of increasing demand for SRI investment products is the growing wealth of specialist companies offering outsourcing of the analysis. [also refers to Henderson Investors (part of AMP Group), Aviva, RCM (part of Allianz), Allianz Global Investors, RepRisk, Robeco, Sustainable Asset Management, Mercer]