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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 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...

June 26, 2015 Sustainable Investing in the 21st Century

Source: MorningStar

The field of socially responsible investing, now often known as sustainable investing or ESG (environmental, social, and governance) investing, has grown and evolved quite a bit during the past decade. By one estimate, more than...

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 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...

June 26, 2015 The Increasing Power of Institutional Investors

Source: Wall Street Journal

The global capital markets have become enormous–over $350 trillion. The world’s 50 largest asset managers have more than $40 trillion under management. The 10 largest private-equity firms raised almost $200 billion of new equity...

June 18, 2015 Double Duty Dollars: Behind The Crazy Idea That Investors Can Make Money And Change The World At The Same Time

Source: Forbes

In 2001, after 29 years cultivating Napa’s Silver Oak Cellars and its iconic cabernet sauvignon, Justin and Bonny Meyer sold their 50% stake to partner Ray Duncan for $110 million. With Justin’s health iffy, they hoped it would...


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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