Responsible Investing’s roots go back to Quaker meeting halls, but outside of specialized situations, Responsible Investing really took off in the 1970s. This is our view of how the industry has evolved since then.

  • Investors align around key social concerns (i.e. South Africa, Vietnam War)
  • Pioneering institutions are created (IRRC, ICCR)
  • Dedicated industry networks are formed (Ceres, USSIF)
  • Increased emphasis on corporate governance and the environment
  • First social indices launched and universe of SRI funds expands
  • Investors advance business case for sustainability and reporting (i.e. GRI)