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Should Islamic investors consider SRI criteria in their investment strategies?

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  • Erragraguy, Elias
  • Revelli, Christophe

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Can environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance be a criterion for Islamic investment policies? The development of socially responsible investments (SRI) challenges the conservative approach of Islamic investments toward promoting corporate social responsibility. This study therefore tests the potential of integrating positive ESG screening with Islamic portfolios using KLD social ratings, to determine the financial price that shariah compliance and social responsibility entail. Our results reveal no adverse effects on returns due to the application of Islamic and ESG screening; substantially higher performance results from the inclusion of good governance criteria in the post-subprime crisis period.

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  • Erragraguy, Elias & Revelli, Christophe, 2015. "Should Islamic investors consider SRI criteria in their investment strategies?," Finance Research Letters, Elsevier, vol. 14(C), pages 11-19.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:finlet:v:14:y:2015:i:c:p:11-19
    DOI: 10.1016/j.frl.2015.07.003
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    1. Philippe DESBRIERES, 2017. "L’investissement conforme à la Charia est-il socialement responsable ?,Is Shariah compliant investment socially responsible?," Working Papers CREGO 1171001, Université de Bourgogne - CREGO EA7317 Centre de recherches en gestion des organisations.
    2. Wu, Dejun & Lin, Chen & Liu, Sibo, 2016. "Does community environment matter to corporate social responsibility?," Finance Research Letters, Elsevier, vol. 18(C), pages 127-135.
    3. El-Masry, Ahmed A. & de Mingo-López, Diego Víctor & Matallín-Sáez, Juan Carlos & Tortosa-Ausina, Emili, 2016. "Environmental conditions, fund characteristics, and Islamic orientation: An analysis of mutual fund performance for the MENA region," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 132(S), pages 174-197.

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    Keywords

    Socially responsible investing (SRI); Islamic investing; Environmental; Social and governance (ESG) scores; Corporate social responsibility (CSR); Portfolio management;

    JEL classification:

    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
    • M14 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - Corporate Culture; Diversity; Social Responsibility
    • A13 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Social Values
    • G15 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - International Financial Markets

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