What is SRI?
In its earliest days, SRI stood for Socially Responsible Investing, a term that is still used today, but the newer title—Sustainable, Responsible and Impact Investing–better reflects the way SRI has evolved over the years.
In its early stages, Socially Responsible Investing was an exclusionary process for investors who, for personal, religious, or political reasons, wanted to eliminate certain businesses from their portfolios, such as alcohol, tobacco, firearms, military contracting, animal testing, gambling, or repressive governments overseas.
In recent years, SRI has evolved from a strictly exclusionary process to an inclusionary one. Sustainable investing today is a long term approach that incorporates Environmental, Social, and Governance factors into the investment process, often shortened to ESG.