This research explores the challenges and successes of advisors and investors in making responsible investments. Unlike conventional investments that focus on financial returns and risks, responsible investing helps investors earn financial returns while accounting for social and environmental issues. In particular, we are focused on understanding: 1) if and how financial advisors adopt responsible investing related business practices; 2) the challenges financial advisors face in engaging retail clients with responsible investing; and 3) the journey that responsible investing investors undertake in their efforts to obtain applicable financial advice. Ultimately we are interested in understanding if and how the retail market for SRI is being created.
This study uses in-depth semi-structured interviews with financial advisors, investors, and members of financial intermediaries. In addition, to interview data, we will gather archival data including news articles, press releases, and related reports. We will gather additional materials such as meeting minutes, internal memos, and other documentation revealed by respondents. These data will inform our understanding of financial advisors, investors, and other responsible investing related stakeholders.
This work draws on research supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.
This is an ongoing study. Interim study results are available below.
Future reports, conference submissions, professional development workshops, and other published work will be posted here throughout the study and upon its completion.