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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

May 21, 2015 ‘Socially responsible’ investing has beaten the S&P 500 for decades

Source: MarketWatch

Socially responsible investing is gaining major traction, thanks in part to the emergence in the U.S. of “impact investing,” a concept that started in the U.K.

May 20, 2015 Shareholder Proposals Regarding Corporate Respect for Human Rights

Source: JDSupra

Shareholder proposals filed during this year’s proxy season reflect investors’ continued concerns about the social and environmental impacts of corporate operations. The Proxy Preview published by As You Sow, the Sustainable...

May 18, 2015 Wall Street Investment Firms Promote Socially Responsible Investing

Source: Just Means

Impact investing represents a growing segment where the investors back businesses that combine both financial and social returns. The number of investment funds that incorporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors...

Research & Insights

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

May 5, 2015 Fifth Annual Impact Investor Survey Reflects on Industry Growth, Past and Projected

CSR Wire - NEW YORK, May 04 /CSRwire/ - 146 of the world's largest impact investors, including fund managers, banks, development finance institutions, foundations, and pension funds report having committed $10.6 billion to impact...

April 9, 2015 What Investors Think About Socially Responsible Investing

Source: Millionaire

Younger wealthy investors have a greater interest in socially responsible investments than older investors.

Commentary & Opinion

April 23, 2015 Should You Be a Socially Responsible Investor?

Source: Daily Finance

Sustainable, responsible and impact investing -- often called socially responsible investing, or SRI -- has gained popularity in recent years as investors weigh environmental, social and corporate governance criteria when...

April 16, 2015 Reflections from Career Investor Amy Domini

Source: Triple Pundit

“Women and Investing.” The feminist in me is struggling. The suggestion of a special category implies a difference, and a difference, when it comes to women, tends to mean a weakness. Women and the sciences, women and sports, the...

April 8, 2015 How to engage your investors on ESG issues in proxy season and beyond

Source: GreenBiz

Spring brings a new proxy voting season, as shareholders exercise their right to raise issues of importance to company management, the board of directors and fellow shareholders. In recent years, the number of shareholder...


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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