There’s no doubt that social lending is gaining in popularity and growing in numbers every day. More and more you hear of P2P lending being described as an investment because of the sizable returns that are often possible. Opinions vary about whether or not it is a good investment, but I’d like to consider whether it’s a socially responsible investment.
For anyone who hasn’t heard of socially responsible investing, here’s an excerpt from a post I wrote on the subject:
“The practice involves trying to maximize financial return while investing in companies that are deemed socially good. Such companies tend to favor policies of environmental friendliness, workplace diversity, fair treatment of workers, etc. Many socially responsible investors also avoid companies involved with alcohol, tobacco, and gambling as well as big oil or military contractors.”
The difficulty in determining whether social lending is socially responsible is the fact