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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

July 14, 2015 What it will take for social finance to take off

Source: Fortune

World leaders, finance ministers, business leaders and investors gathered this week in Ethiopia for the United Nation’s International Financing for Development Conference to discuss channeling resources to the UN’s new...

July 1, 2015 SRI Goes From $12 billion in 1995 To $4.3 Trillion In 2014

Source: ValueWalk

SRI in the US has nearly doubled in the last few years, growing from $3.47 trillion AUM in 2012 to $6.57 trillion at the beginning of 2014 according to the Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment’s (US SIF) most recent...

June 30, 2015 Socially Responsible Investing reaches new asset high

Seacoast Online - According to the most recent trends report by The Forum on Sustainable & Responsible Investment (îUS SIFî), the total of U.S. assets under management using SRI strategies dramatically increased...

Research & Insights

June 24, 2015 High Income Women and Social Responsibility

Source: Millionaire Corner

Women with a personal income of $200,000 or more, or those in a household with income of $400,000 or more, have specific interest in companies that are socially responsible.

June 8, 2015 FLASH REPORT — Seventy-Five Percent (75%) of the S&P 500 Index Published Corporate Sustainability Reports in 2014

Source: Governance & Accountability Institute, Inc.

Sustainability reporting has become the clear norm in the U.S. capital markets as represented by our four year study of the S&P 500*. Over the last four years there has been significant uptake in sustainability reporting from...[more]

May 20, 2015 In What Companies are Socially Responsible Investors Likely to Invest?

Source: Millionaire Corner

Baby Boomers and seniors ages 65 and up are the strongest proponents of socially responsible investing and the investors most likely to support companies whose policies support causes in which they are passionate

Commentary & Opinion

July 15, 2015 5 Challenges for Socially Responsible Investing: BNY Mellon

Source: tHINK aDVISOR

While socially responsible investing is gaining traction among investors, several challenges remain to unlocking its full potential

July 9, 2015 The Problem With Socially Responsible Investing

Source: Motley Fool

Throughout history most societies have become more peaceful and compassionate, more cooperative and tolerant. War, violent crime, discrimination, and tyranny have all plunged over time. It's "the most important thing that has...

July 1, 2015 Voices: George Gay, on the Rise of Shareholder Activism

Source: Wall Street Journal

When it comes to socially responsible investing (SRI), investing in or divesting certain stocks is a good way for clients to express their values. But proxy voting and advocacy are far more impactful in their ability to effect...


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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