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Social Responsibility Investing, Sustainable Investing, Green Investing

There is a sizable and fast-growing number of "socially responsible" or "socially-minded" investors -- individual and institutional " that, according to the Social Investment Forum (SIF) now represents more than $2.3 trillion in corporate equity investments (estimated in 2003).  That's roughly $1 in $9 invested in the stock market today in the United States.  The Forum reported in 2005 that "social investing" grew at a faster rate than all other investing trends in 2005, with three primary styles being applied to portfolio management:  (1) stock screening, (2) shareholder advocacy, and (3) community investing.

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News & Updates

February 5, 2016 The Year in Social Enterprise: 2015 Legislative and Policy Review

Source: Lexology

The past year proved to be a landmark year in the brief history of the emerging social enterprise sector. Indeed, 2015 witnessed continued legislative efforts and important policy developments that illustrate the increased...

February 4, 2016 Will Pension Funds Go Green?

Source: Instead Knowledge

On many fronts the 2015 UN climate change conference (the 21st edition of the COP) in Paris seems to have been a success. Two weeks of discussions, involving experts from nearly 200 countries, led to the signing of an...

January 26, 2016 G&A Institute Supports The Global Sourcing Council's "17 Weeks / 17 SDGs Initiative"

Source: The Governance & Accountability Institute

NEW YORK, NY (January 26, 2016) – The Governance & Accountability Institute announces its support of the Global Sourcing Council's "17 Weeks / 17 SDGs Initiative," developed by GSC in support of the Sustainable Development Goals...[more]

Research & Insights

December 15, 2015 Pension Advisors, Be Careful With ESG Investing

Source: Think Advisor

Cerulli report urges advisors to consider the legal ramifications of making investment decisions based on nonfinancial goals

December 3, 2015 ISS and Glass Lewis Update their Proxy Voting Guidelines for 2016 Proxy Season

Source: JD Supra

Proxy advisory firms Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and Glass Lewis each have released updates to their policies that outline how they will form recommendations to shareholders on how they should vote on governance,...

October 15, 2015 Socially Responsible Retirement Investing

Source: Main Street

Data from Calvert Investments shows 87% of retirement savers say they "want investment options that align with their values," and 82% say they want socially responsible investments offered to them in their employer-sponsored...

Commentary & Opinion

February 2, 2016 Retirement Plans Will Be ‘Next Evolution’ in ESG Investing

Source: Think Advisor

The next push in ESG investing will come from retirement advisors following the Department of Labor's new interpretive bulletin that replaced language warning fiduciaries away from such investments in 2008, according to Gregg...

January 25, 2016 How we changed corporate behavior

Source: CNBC

Socially responsible investing encourages organizations to avoid buying stock in companies that fall short of certain ethical standards. But investors can use their clout to improve the behavior of companies in their portfolios...

January 20, 2016 Doing Well by Doing Good: What’s Next for Impact Investing (Podcast)

Source: Knowledge at Wharton

It has been less than a decade since the varied concepts of socially responsible investing, corporate social responsibility, and generally “doing well while doing good” all got folded into the new idea of impact investing. But...


Richard Barr Featured Columns

Richard Barr transitioned out of a 20-year career as an SRI advisor with First Affirmative Financial Network and is now a commentator for the Governance & Accountability Institute.  Click Here

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