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Responsible Investment in Asia and the Pacific Ocean: A study on fund companies portfolio selections
2016 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study's purpose is to provide empirical evidence on how fund companies can reason according to SRI when selecting investment in different Asia and Pacific Ocean companies and describe why they make the selection they do. To fulfil the purpose, a case study has been conducted containing interviews with fund managers and representatives that bare the same knowledge about making and managing fund portfolios. The respondents represented one fund company each and also had knowledge about fund managing in Asia and the Pacific Ocean region. The frame of reference is based on literature about applications for Socially Responsible Investment (SRI), the economic situation in Asia and the Pacific Ocean region and fund management. The study establishes that the majority of fund companies are considering SRI factors when investing for their fund portfolios and their main reason for selecting the investment depends on their investors’ wishes. The main purpose with funds is to obtain a competitive return and some believes that return and SRI goes hand in hand. Critics are pointed to complications and weaknesses with applications for SRI. Additionally they highlight the absence of a global standard for measurements, which in turn results in incomparable and misleading comparisons. This study confirms, as scientists have proved, that companies are pressured about worldly interest from different stakeholders to embrace SRI in their investment philosophy, which leads to challenges for them to satisfy in order to obtain a competitive return. 

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2016. , 60 p.
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Economics and Business
URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-31316OAI: diva2:940997
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Available from: 2016-06-23 Created: 2016-06-21 Last updated: 2016-06-23Bibliographically approved

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