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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

December 17, 2014 Faith-Based Group Forces Governance Changes at JPMorgan Chase

Source: American Banker

Religious groups may have fallen short in their bid to compel JPMorgan Chase to split the roles of chairman and chief executive, but they have succeeded in forcing the nation's largest bank to improve its corporate governance.

December 15, 2014 Ethical investing more popular than ever, but more facts needed

Yorkshire Post - Yet according to Ms Stonestreet, other studies show that ethical investments do not necessarily perform worse, and she cited research from îEurosifî (European Sustainable Investment Forum). Its sixth...

December 10, 2014 Small Group Behind Most Shareholder Proposals

Source: CFO Journal

A handful of individual investors continued to dominate the filing of shareholder proposals during this year’s proxy season. John Chevedden, Kenneth Steiner and his father, William, and James McRitchie filed 162 of the 299...

Research & Insights

December 11, 2014 "Sustainable investing is growing at an accelerating rate, according to a recent report on ..."

AD HOC News - Sustainable investing is growing at an accelerating rate, according to a recent report on trends from the îUS SIFî or The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment. CEO Lisa Woll explains, "US...

October 24, 2014 Survey: Half Of Surveyed Financial Professionals Have Offered SRI Options To Clients

IT Business Net - according to the findings of the first annual "First Affirmative Survey on the Views of Financial Professionals About SRI" released today by îFirst Affirmative Financial Networkî. The major new...

October 2, 2014 Free Management Briefing on What Business Can Do to Tackle Deforestation

Here is Innovation Forum’s new management briefing on what companies can do to minimise their deforestation footprints, work with NGOs and manage legal and reputational risk.[more]

Commentary & Opinion

December 10, 2014 Sustainable & Responsible Investing: It's Now $1-in-$6 in the US Capital Markets!

Source: CSRWire, Hank Boerner, Chairman, Governance & Accountability Institute

For your conversations inside the company, and perhaps outside, the following key numbers should help you make the investing or business case for corporate responsibility:

December 9, 2014 How to be a socially responsible investor

The Week Magazine - In 2013, $6.57 trillion in assets under management were devoted to socially responsible investing â an increase of 76 percent since 2012, according to the Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment...

December 4, 2014 4 Ways You Can Give (And Get) Through Socially Responsible Investing

Source: Forbes

At its core, it’s when you weigh both social impact and financial return while choosing investments for your portfolio—and it’s become an increasingly popular way for people to invest in causes they believe in.


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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