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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
Shareholders of Exxon Mobil Corp. and Chevron Corp. overwhelmingly rejected resolutions backed by environmental activists on Wednesday that would have curtailed exploration for new oil fields and funneled the money to investors...
Source: Daily Collegian
The University of Massachusetts divested its endowment from direct holdings in fossil fuels today, according to a press release sent by the UMass Foundation, becoming the first major public university to do so.
Forbes - Exxon is hardly the only company facing shareholder activism. Proxy Preview 2016, a report by the non-profit As You Sow, notes that U.S. firms face a record number of shareholder resolutions that address climate change...
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 SustainabilitySource: 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 &...
March 15, 2016 FLASH REPORT: Eighty One Percent (81%) of the S&P 500 Index Companies Published Corporate Sustainability Reports in 2015Source: 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....
February 8, 2016 Patagonia’s Circular Economy Strategy: A Case StudySource: 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
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...
March 28, 2016 Morningstar and the democratization of ESG informationSource: GreenBiz
The ordinary investor is more likely to have most of his money in mutual funds than individual stocks or bonds, but until recently there have been few options to determine how sustainable these funds may be.
Investments have always had more than just financial impact. Social and environmental impacts also matter.
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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