Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) is on the rise. More people want to make sure that their investments are not only doing well, but also doing good. The most common strategy is to assess companies not only by their performance, but also by their environmental, social and governance policies (ESG). Nevertheless, the devil is in the details. While most investors accept the general ideals behind ESG investing, there can be a lot of disagreement over which market activities and corporate policies are good or bad for society. What, then, are the Catholic Tradition’s criteria for ethical investment, and do they stand under scrutiny in a secular society? Furthermore, do investments following these criteria perform well? To answer questions such as these, the School of Philosophy seeks funding for PhDs on the subject, and the publication of research generated by the PhD program.
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