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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.
News & Updates
November 21, 2014 U.S. managed assets with socially responsible criteria rise - reportSource: Yahoo
NEW YORK - The share of U.S. managed assets invested with environmental, social or similar criteria rose 50 percent over the past two years, a foundation that tracks the field said, because of new disclosure standards and client...
November 18, 2014 Socially responsible investors in EU adopt active role
EurActiv.com - Strategies aimed at directly impacting society are becoming more popular among European investors focused on green and social investing, according to a îEurosifî report. Socially responsible investing...
November 18, 2014 Ethical funds: over 30 years, have the green shoots yet taken root'
theguardian.com - But does all this choice mean ethical investing is easier â and more popular' According to îEthical Investment Research Servicesî, once the 2013 figures are finalised the amount ethically...
Research & Insights
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...
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.
Source: Blue & Green
Asset managers can create better-performing portfolios by excluding stocks with lower environmental, social and governance (ESG) ratings, according to new research.
Commentary & Opinion
October 28, 2014 Who is pushing – and buying – socially responsible investmentsSource: Investment News
Socially responsible investing is on the rise, and women advisers are leading the way in offering clients opportunities to invest in a personally meaningful way. Sixty-one percent of female advisers say they have offered SRI...
October 27, 2014 The Financial Case For Fossil-Fuel Divesting?Source: Forbes
There’s a financial case for divesting from funds with holdings in the fossil fuel industry, according to an advisor and author on socially responsible investing, but most activists don’t make the financial case.
October 23, 2014 Talking To Investors About Pricing In Corporate Governance RisksSource: Forbes
Anyone in denial about the growing importance of corporate governance, environmental and social factors in setting the direction of business needs to start talking to investors.Some 90% of institutional investors from across 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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