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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 3, 2016 How to Become a Socially Responsible Investor

Source: Press Release Rocket

Socially responsible investing became popular in the 1970s, when controversial political issues such as the Vietnam War and apartheid in South Africa led investors to withdraw their money from companies supporting policies that...

April 29, 2016 Rowan Williams calls on Cambridge University to divest from fossil fuels

Source: The Guardian

Former archbishop of Canterbury says the university should withdraw its £5.8bn fund from from oil, coal and gas on ethical and financial grounds

April 27, 2016 The Changing Face Of Socially Responsible Investing

Source: Forbes

Some critiques of traditional socially responsible investing strategies are that they often do not consider the investment merits of a given company’s stock and that the excluded companies that were perhaps “sinful” in certain...

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

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 information

Source: 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.

March 8, 2016 Opinion: Give stockholders better tools to be socially responsible investors

Source: MarketWatch

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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