Journal of
Economics and International Finance

  • Abbreviation: J. Econ. Int. Finance
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-9812
  • DOI: 10.5897/JEIF
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 361

Full Length Research Paper

The investigation of the current status of socially responsible investment indices

Mei Sun*, Katsuya Nagata and Hiroshi Onoda
Graduate School of Environment and Energy Engineering, Waseda University, 221 Room, Koraku dormitory Bunkyou District, Tokyo, Post Code 112-0004, Japan.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 07 September 2011
  •  Published: 30 November 2011



This paper investigated the development of the current status of socially responsible investment indices and their composition features, and it was found that the socially responsible investment indices were highly developed since the 2006 period. The socially responsible investment indices mostly used in European markets are becoming a trademark in many countries. Meanwhile, this paper listed some assessment criteria covering environment, social, governance and other fields. Different indices made use of the different assessment methods. This paper summarized these assessment methods and divided them into five kinds, after which it introduced their advantages and disadvantages.


Key words: Socially responsible investment, index, method, criteria.