Financial and social performance of socially responsible investments in the Netherlands

Bert Scholtens*

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Abstract

We analyse the performance of socially responsible investments in the Netherlands. It appears that the financial performance of the various types of socially responsible investments differs considerably. We construct a proxy for mutual funds' CSR policies and use information about the environmental and social impact of activities financed by "green" financial institutions. We find preliminary evidence that financial and CSR performance substantially differs per category of financial instrument analysed. In the Netherlands, tax policy significantly affects financial results and the government can affect the CSR impact of some financial instruments too. More coherent and consistent information about CSR is required to establish whether financial and social performance interact.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1090-1105
Number of pages16
JournalCorporate Governance: An International Review
Volume15
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2007

Keywords

  • Banks
  • Corporate governance
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Financial markets
  • Investment funds
  • Performance

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