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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

March 30, 2015 Sustainable Momentum Investing: Doing Well By Doing Good

Source: Seeking Alpha

Socially Responsible Investing (SRI), also known as sustainable or responsible investing, is the application of ethical as well as financial considerations in making investment decisions. SRI therefore recognizes and incorporates...

March 30, 2015 Despite Chevron's Legal Challenge, As You Sow/Arjuna Shareholder Resolution on Economic Risks of Climate Change Going to Vote

Financial Content - The ruling comes after As You Sow and Arjuna Capital filed a shareholder resolution, with co-filer îZevin Asset Managementî, asking Chevron to distribute capital to shareholders in light of...

March 25, 2015 Climate Change, Political Lobbying High On Shareholders’ Agenda

Source: Triple Pundit

Historic droughts, record snowfalls, and the incidence of “superstorms” and other highly anomalous weather seem to be making a stronger impression, and having a greater impact, on those invested in publicly-listed companies....

Research & Insights

March 26, 2015 Investor Confusion Clouds ESG's Future

Source: Michael Shagrin, Fund Fire

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategies were hit hard by outflows in 2013 and 2014, and new data suggests that may just be the tip of the iceberg. [more]

March 25, 2015 ESG Criteria Important for Majority of Investors

Source: Plan Sponsor

A majority of institutional investors consider ESG criteria when making alternative investment allocations, according to research by LGT Capital Partners and Mercer.

February 26, 2015 Free Management Briefing on Sustainable & Ethical Cotton Sourcing

Source: Innovation Forum

Here is Innovation Forum’s new management briefing on Sustainable and ethical cotton sourcing –How to get it right, and make it pay for your business.[more]

Commentary & Opinion

March 26, 2015 Why this Wal-Mart gun lawsuit could change everything for the company

Source: Fortune

An upcoming lawsuit over firearms filed against Wal-Mart could have big implications on the future of corporate governance. New York City’s Trinity Church is suing Wal-Mart over not allowing shareholders to vote on a resolution...

March 14, 2015 Op-Ed 2: Winston Churchill: the steps responsible investors must take to prevail on climate change

Source: Responsible Investor

Returning to the unconventional stewardship, which I called for in for my first article, I urge you to follow the guidance of Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Speaking at...

March 13, 2015 Op-Ed: Winston Churchill: the ESG community must fight climate change with massive stewardship push (part 1)

Source: Responsible Investor

As you have been seeing and experiencing, anthropogenic climate change is disrupting how we live. Continuing to act as though it is not a major challenge that has been worsening year upon year offers our children and theirs the...


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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