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  1. Socially Responsible Investing Ashneil Jain Mircea Cernev SRI Associates

  2. What SRI is? • Investment Strategy • Maximize Return • Increasing Social Good • Societal Investing • Corporate Governance • Avoiding “Sin stocks” • alcohol, tobacco, gambling, weapons

  3. SRI Index • Index designed to quantify social responsibility of a stock • 3 Criteria • Societal • Corporate Governance • Company Product • Each receives a score on a 1-10 scale • Weighted averages attain total score

  4. SRI Index • Overall Score Recommendation • 1-4: Strongly negative • 4-5: Weak/Medium negative • 6-7: Weak/Medium positive • 7-10: Strong positive • Criteria Weight • Societal: 35% • Corporate Governance: 35% • Company Product: 30%

  5. SRI Applied to NVIDIA • Generally, fortune 500 companies have strong SRI programs, small companies do not • Societal Investment: 7.5 • CUDA Center of Excellence (CCOE) Research Program • Academic Partnership Program for Grants and Donations • Very Weak corporate governance: 2 • Investigation into Fraud Allegations • Company Products: 4 • Essentially a IT company, average in terms of product

  6. Overall Stock Score 4.5

  7. Recommendation: Weak Negative