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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

September 23, 2014 Sustainable Investing: Five Videos to Watch

CFA Institute Blogs - Yet despite the persistent news coverage of climate change and the growing understanding of the various environmental, social and governance ... vice president at State Street Global Advisors and head of the...

September 22, 2014 Green Bonds Planting Seeds for Eco-Friendly Investment

Institutional Investor - Historically, markets have demanded generally low-risk premiums for green bonds. Moreover, some green bonds can be linked to the performance of an index, like the FTSE4Good Environmental Leaders Europe 40...

September 22, 2014 Eco-friendly portfolios: buyers fill up on guilt-free nest eggs

Daily Telegraph - For years, investors keen to ensure their money was financing ethically sound businesses would put their money into small or start-up companies â where performance was traditionally patchy. But with...

Research & Insights

September 8, 2014 Study links high ESG ratings to positive investment portfolio performance

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.

September 4, 2014 Study Shows Socially Responsible Investing Improves Performance

Source: New Amsterdam Partners

NEW YORK, September 3, 2014 - A recent study by New Amsterdam Partners has demonstrated that asset managers can create better portfolios weeding out stocks with low ESG ratings. It also found that stocks with higher ESG ratings...[more]

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...

Commentary & Opinion

September 17, 2014 How Can You Invest in Stocks Ethically? How To Start a Socially Responsible Investment Portfolio

Source: Bustle

You may have heard the term ethical or socially responsible investing. The idea is simple: putting your money into companies that adhere to your personal moral code. In practice though, how do you go about figuring out which...

September 15, 2014 Column: Investing for positive change in the world

Source: West Fair Online

All around us, there’s growing awareness and concern about the impact of business practices on our environment and society. Increasingly, civic-minded consumers are interested not just in the quality and cost of the goods and...

August 22, 2014 Does Social Responsibility Hurt a Company's Bottom Line?

Source: Entrepreneur

Cold-blooded? Unfeeling? Exploitive? In a way, that's Sullivan's stock in trade. The Vice Fund is one of the few remaining "sin" funds that advertise their investment in alcohol, tobacco, gaming and defense stocks. Proponents are...


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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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