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Behavioural Impediments to Sustainable Investment.

Conference paper
Authors Anders Biel
Magnus Jansson
Maria Andersson
Tommy Gärling
Published in Paper presented at the 32nd IAREP Conference, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Publication year 2007
Published at Department of Psychology
Language en
Keywords Sustainable investments, fund companies, barriers
Subject categories Psychology

Abstract

The present study investigates impediments to sustainable investment (SI) that reside within the organizations of institutional investors. A questionnaire was addressed to 35 institutional investors with board directors, senior investment managers or portfolio managers acting as respondents. The respondents represented SI as well as non-SI funds. Presently, little is known about how variations in the endorsement of values and norms among members in an organisation affect decision making. We tested the hypothesis that to the extent that a SI policy has been adopted, members of the organisation share a norm to advance SI, driven by an adherence to social and environmental values, together with beliefs about potential benefits of SI. We also examined an alternative model assuming a direct link between beliefs about financial outcomes of SI and SI practices in the organisation.

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