Background Note | HBS Case Collection | February 2009 (Revised August 2012)

Note on Socially Responsible Investing

by Sandra J. Sucher, Daniela Beyersdorfer and Ian McKown Cornell


This note describes Socially Responsible Investing, providing a brief history, description of different socially responsible investing approaches, and overview of selected players and institutions involved in the socially responsible investing field. It has been written to provide background for the case study on Generation Investment Management.

Keywords: Investment; Corporate Governance; Corporate Social Responsibility and Impact; Environmental Sustainability;


Sucher, Sandra J., Daniela Beyersdorfer, and Ian McKown Cornell. "Note on Socially Responsible Investing." Harvard Business School Background Note 609-060, February 2009. (Revised August 2012.)