The Routledge Handbook of Responsible Investment
Edited by Natalie Beinisch, Andreas Hoepner, Tessa Hebb, James Hawley, David Wood
Routledge – 2014 – 608 pages
Launched in April 2006, the United Nation’s Principles for Responsible Investment has been signed by 860 financial institutions, representing more than 25 trillion US$ in the first five years of their existence. This means that roughly 25% of the world’s financial institutions have made some commitment to invest their assets in a way, which consider not purely financial but also some environmental, social or governance (ESG) criteria.
This trend to invest responsibly is expected to strengthen even further as a consequence of the financial crisis, which resulted in considerable doubt regarding certain financial theories. However, no edited book has been published on the topic to date, which functions as general overview on research insights and market structures to represent a focal point of reference for both, academics and practitioners.
This handbook will provide a prestige reference work which offers students and researchers an introduction to current scholarship and international structures in the expanding discipline of responsible investment.
Part I: Introduction and Need for Responsible Investment Research 1. Introduction 2. Setting the Scene: The Basics of Responsible Investment Part II: Responsible Investment around the World: Semi-Standardized Overviews Africa 3. North Africa 4. South Africa 5. West, Southern and Eastern Africa Americas 6. Canada 7. Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean 8. South America 9. United States Asia-Pacific 10. Australia, New Zealand and Oceania 11. Central and South East Asia 12. China 13. Middle East 14. India 15. Israel 16. Japan 17. South Korea, Singapore and Taiwan Europe 18. Benelux 19. Eastern Europe 20. France 21. Germany, Austria and Switzerland 22. Italy, Greece and Turkey 23. Scandinavia 24. Spain and Portugal 25. United Kingdom and Ireland 26. Russia Part III: Stakeholders of Responsible Investment 27. Asset Managers 28. Banks 29. Consultants 30. ESG Rating Agencies 31. Natural Environment 32. Non-Financial Corporations 33. Insurances 34. Index Providers 35. Journals and Magazines 36. Pension Funds 37. Policy Makers 38. Principles for Responsible Investment, United Nations 39. Property Developers 40. Religious Groups 41. Research Networks 42. Responsible Investment Academy 43. Retail Investors 44. Social Investment Forums Part IV: Current Research on Responsible Investment 45-47. Contemporary Issues in Responsible Finance and Investment 48. A Contribution from Haas School at Berkeley. 49. Responsible Investment’s Financial Performance 50. A Contribution from Schulich School of Business or Nottingham’s ICCSR 51. A Contribution from Oxford 52. A Contribution from Schulich School of Business, York University 53. Regulatory Trends around Responsible Investment
Natalie Beinisch is Academic Network Manager at the Principles for Responsible Investment, United Nations
James P. Hawley is Professor and Director of the Elfenworks Center for the Study of Fiduciary Capitalism at Saint Mary’s College of California, USA
Tessa Hebb is Director of the Carleton Centre for Community Innovation and Adjunct Professor at Carleton University, Canada
Andreas G. F. Hoepner is Lecturer in Banking and Finance at the University of St. Andrews, UK and Academic Fellow at the Principles for Responsible Investment, United Nations
David Wood is Director of the Initiative for Responsible Investment (IRI), a project of the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, USA