'Impact Investing' a Hot Trend for Socially Responsible Funds

Investors can most certainly make money through holding socially responsible stocks, said Amy O'Brien, Head of Responsible Investing for TIAA-CREF.
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Investors can most certainly make money through holding socially responsible stocks, said Amy O'Brien, Head of Responsible Investing for TIAA-CREF. O'Brien added that companies that make ESG factors - Environmental, Social & Governance - high priorities generally outperform the greater market because they demonstrate the ability to manage risk better than their peers. She said TIAA-CREF also specializes in so-called impact investing which means seeking elevated returns while generating a positive social and environmental impact. Finally, O'Brien said that there are different shades of ESG and TIAA-CREF takes a widely encompassing view when selecting securities.