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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 23, 2014 Fund managers hope for more robust socially conscious options

Source: Investment News

Money managers work to build products for younger investors, who are expected to favor values-driven investing

July 21, 2014 Can You Make Some Green by Investing Green'

The Bradenton Times - The release in April of the long-awaited report from the United Nations' îIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeî has spurred renewed discussion of ways to combat climate change and its...

July 21, 2014 Another View: Divesting means losing a seat at the table

TheSacramento Bee - CalPERS was a founding member of the îInvestor Network on Climate Riskî, a leading group of 100 institutional investors representing more than $10 trillion in assets, addressing a policy agenda...

Research & Insights

July 16, 2014 New report makes case for impact investing

FTSE Global Markets - US investment firm Sonen Capital has published a new report which suggests that impact investment can outperform traditional asset class strategies. The firm, headquartered in San Francisco, launched the...

July 15, 2014 Fixed income managers shift focus to ESG

Source: Investor Daily

The JANA ESG in Fixed Interest Survey, which recorded the responses of 63 of the largest fixed income managers, found 88 per cent of respondents believe ESG factors influence the financial outcomes of fixed income investments.

June 17, 2014 Corporate Sustainability - What Matters?

Source: Governance & Accountability Institute

New York, NY — (Governance & Accountability Institute, Inc.) — Sustainability - "What Matters?" — That is the question for company managements and investors as they prepare sustainability / corporate responsibility reports....[more]

Commentary & Opinion

July 16, 2014 How to invest ethically

theguardian.com - The study from îEurosifî, the Brussels-based European Sustainable Investment Forum, claims that an exciting new phase in the development of ethical investment is now taking place in the UK. To mark...

July 15, 2014 How Climate Change Changed Me

Source: Politico

When I learned that the New York Times was planning to report on my time as an investor at Farallon Capital Management, I wanted to sit down with the reporter while I was in New York City to discuss the issue in person—and on the...

June 27, 2014 What You Missed While You Were Watching the U.S. vs. Germany

Source: Bloomberg

Have you ever moderated a panel on the implementation of financial market reform in a hall streaming a blockbuster World Cup game? I have. Shortly before noon today I took the dais here at Bloomberg HQ in Manhattan with two...


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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