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Responsible Investing Taught at More Businesses Schools
By Steve Schueth

More MBA students are discovering sustainable, responsible, impact investing through the efforts of people such as Lloyd Kurtz. Kurtz was the driving force behind the creation of the Moskowitz Prize which is awarded each year at The SRI Conference to recognize outstanding quantitative research in socially responsible investing. Kurtz currently teaches a responsible investing course at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. “Social Investing: Recent Findings in Management and Finance” explores economics, finance and management but adds a component of stakeholder theory and ethics.

Interest in sustainable, responsible, impact investing has increased greatly since the financial crisis of 2008. While many new MBA students are unaware of the topic, more business schools are including courses like Kurtz’ in their curriculum. Many SRI industry leaders speak on college campuses each year. First Affirmative President, Steve Schueth, averages about five such presentations annual.

Gary Matthews, an Investment Advisor Representative of First Affirmative Financial Network, supports a broader application of responsible investing taught to students, saying, “Classes in ethics were key; it’s what brought me into doing this work in the first place.”

Read more: “Class Act,” Financial Advisor Magazine, June 2012 issue

Posted: June 19, 2012