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A Guide to Responsible Investing

A breakdown of the most commonly used terminology in microfinance investing

Socially Responsible Investment, Impact Investing, Responsible Finance, ESG, CSR, Double-bottom Line, Triple-bottom Line. The responsible investing space is plagued by jargon and rhetoric. As few definitions are universally applied, many are used interchangeably, causing confusion. The differences in terminology make it hard to identify, measure and evaluate this wide-ranging asset class. This guide explains the most commonly used terms in an effort to bring clarity to the responsible investing community. 

The document is divided into the following sections:

  • Returns: Financial vs. Non-financial;
  • Investing: Measuring Social Intent;
  • Responsible Investing;
  • Socially Responsible Investing;
  • Impact Investing.

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