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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 22, 2016 A Practical Guide To Impact Investing

Source: ValueWalk

Socially responsible investing, corporate social responsibility and the various permutations of “doing well by doing good” are relatively recent arrivals to the modern business milieu. As such, early iterations of this ideology...

July 22, 2016 The Growth of Green Investment Strategies

Source: Reit

Once a niche space within the world of financial products, green investment strategies have grown in terms of sophistication and diversity.

July 12, 2016 5 Ways to Make Smarter Investing Decisions—By Outsmarting Yourself

Source: Money Magazine

A steady, mechanical approach to investing is a predominant theme throughout Heads I Win, Tails I Win, a new book released today by Wall Street Journal “Heard on the Street” writer and editor Spencer Jakab. The former Credit...

Research & Insights

March 24, 2016 FLASH REPORT: G&A Institute & Trust Across America Partner to Examine Trustworthiness for S&P 500® Companies Not Reporting on Sustainability

Source: Governance & Accountability Institute, Inc.

Results Show Higher Trust for Firms Reporting on Their Sustainability Journeys New York, NY - March 24, 2016 -- Continuing the in-depth analysis of S&P 500 (r) companies' sustainability reporting activities, Governance &...[more]

March 15, 2016 FLASH REPORT: Eighty One Percent (81%) of the S&P 500 Index Companies Published Corporate Sustainability Reports in 2015

Source: Governance & Accountability Institute, Inc.

G&A Institute charted the rapid and significant uptake in corporate sustainability reporting among the 500 companies -- over the years sustainability reporting rose from just 20% of the companies reporting in 2011 to 81% in 2015....[more]

February 8, 2016 Patagonia’s Circular Economy Strategy: A Case Study

Source: Ethical Corporation

Ethical Corp developed an exclusive case study of Patagonia’s circular economy strategy available as a complimentary download. Highlights include: 5 pages of exclusive insight into the responsible strategy of one of the most...

Commentary & Opinion

June 21, 2016 What is socially responsible investing?

Source: Nooga

We have a lot of options for how we spend or invest our money, and as previously discussed, many people have interest in making a positive difference in the world around them.

June 2, 2016 Opinion: Why socially responsible investing is financially irresponsible

Source: Market Watch

Wall Street loves its fads. And if you’re looking for hot trends touted by money managers right now, it’s hard to find one more buzzworthy than “socially responsible investing.”

April 5, 2016 Can Calpers Live With Responsible Returns?

Source: Bloomberg

The California Public Employees' Retirement System recently opened a new chapter in socially responsible investing (also known as environment, social and governance, or ESG, investing) when its investment committee decided to...


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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