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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.
News & Updates
Source: Alt Energy Stocks
The country is currently experiencing a shift toward more sustainable living. In addition to the wide array of whole food markets and hybrid cars available to today’s consumer, many people also want their investments working for...
August 21, 2015 S&P launches Catholic Values IndexSource: MarketPlace
S&P Dow Jones Indices, which brings us the much-followed S&P 500, now has a new index for Catholics who want to put their money where their religion is. The new socially responsible investment tool is called the Catholic Values...
August 17, 2015 Morningstar unveils ESG score
Investor Daily - According to Morningstar, scores will be based on ESG company ratings from îSustainalyticsî. This will allow investors to compare funds and relevant ESG factors. Morningstar director of manager...
Research & Insights
August 24, 2015 Proxy Access Proposals: Preliminary 2015 U.S. Postseason ReviewSource: ValueWalk
Momentum is the buzzword that best describes the 2015 Proxy Season in the U.S. market. Some issues, such as proxy access, hit the ground running and emerged as ballot box juggernauts. Other topics, such as calls for independent...
June 24, 2015 High Income Women and Social ResponsibilitySource: 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 2014Source: 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...
Commentary & Opinion
August 14, 2015 Are millennials more risk-averse than other investors?Source: CNBC
Are millennials risk-averse? Well, yes and no. "Yes, absolutely," said Marguerita Cheng, certified financial planner and CEO of Blue Ocean Global Wealth. "I don't like to generalize, but I have witnessed this firsthand.
August 12, 2015 Has Owning Coca-Cola Shares Become Indefensible?Source: Motley Fool
Soft drinks giant Coca-Cola is protecting its franchise in ways that are unethical and contrary to the public good.
Source: tHINK aDVISOR
While socially responsible investing is gaining traction among investors, several challenges remain to unlocking its full potential
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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