This book integrates socially responsible investment into modern portfolio theory from a multi-criteria perspective. Socially responsible investment is a "new deal" championed by the institutional investment and bank sectors, agents that influence mutual funds and other collective investment schemes and which fear that financial strategies without ethical constraints can harm sustainable growth and prosperity. The book shows how to combine financial criteria such as profitability and risk with non-financial criteria such as the protection of the ecosystem, responsible consumption of energy, and healthcare campaigns. The book's first part presents critical issues in ethical investment, while the second explains in detail the application of goal programming techniques for SRI funds, illustrating their use in actual cases. Part three demonstrates how compromise programming can be applied in the contexts of portfolio selection and risk management. Finally, in its fourth part the book examines the application of other decision-making support methods like the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) framework, the Reference Point Method, and soft computing techniques for portfolio selection.
Enrique Ballestero was a professor in Business and Finance at Technical University of Madrid and Emeritus professor at Technical University of Valencia (Alcoy School). He was a member of the International Society on Multiple Criteria Decision Making.
Blanca Pérez-Gladish is associate professor in the Department of Quantitative Economics at the University of Oviedo (Spain). She is also the coordinator of the Socially Responsible Investment and Sustainable Development Research Group. She received her PhD in 2001 and was appointed associate professor in 2009. Her research lines are focused on Multiple Criteria Decision Making and Socially Responsible Investment.
Ana Garcia-Bernabeu is associate professor in the Department of Economics and Social Sciences at the Technical University of Valencia. She received her PhD in 2000 and was appointed associate professor in 2004. Her expertise areas are decision analysis, environmental and natural resources and finance. She is member of the Socially Responsible Investment and Sustainable Development Research Group and of the International Society on Multiple Criteria Decision Making.
Part I: Critical Issues in Ethical Investment.- Part II: Goal Programming and SRI Funds.- Part III: Compromise Programming and SRI Funds.- Part IV: Other Decision-Making Support Methods.