Wednesday, September 30, 2009

United Nations announces SRI research awards

The United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment has issued a call for academic research papers on the general theme of the mainstreaming of responsible investment.

Suggested topics include:

-- shareholder engagement and its effectiveness among mainstream investors
-- the integration of ESG issues into mainstream investments
-- ESG-focused investments and ESG alternatives among mainstream investors
-- responsible investment, market failure and regulatory response

The Danish government is sponsoring six research awards, worth a total of $33,000 (three $7,000 awards for post doctorate or academic articles and three $4,000 awards for graduate level articles).

The winners will be invited to present their work at next year's PRI Academic Conference in Copenhagen. The second annual conference is being held at Ottawa's Carleton University this week.

The first day of the Ottawa conference will focus on papers on the theme of "the Next Generation of Responsible Investment," while the second day of the conference will allow for other papers on responsible investment to be presented on themes such as universal ownership, corporate engagement and shareholder advocacy.

Link to the PRI Academic Network.

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