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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

January 4, 2019 Teaching the Value of Doing Good While Doing Well

Source: UMass, Lowell

LOWELL, Mass. – Ethical dilemmas in the professional world can crop up at any time in any field, from nursing to computer science, accounting to engineering.

December 21, 2018 Invest With Your Conscience: 5 Great Socially Responsible Mutual Funds

Source: Earth911

Many of us are aware that how we spend our money impacts the world. In fact, consumer choices have even been called voting with our dollars. Just as spending money shapes the world around us, so does how we invest money.

December 20, 2018 “Impact investment” funds advertise great returns and social impacts. They aren’t delivering.

Source: Vox

“Impact investing” is built on a simple idea: If you’re going to invest your money, you’ll want to invest it in companies that are doing work that you believe in. Easier access to capital lets companies do more — expand into new...

Research & Insights

May 14, 2018 Millennial 401(k)s: a peek inside their "socially responsible" investments

Source: USA Today

Millennials do many things differently from Mom and Dad: They prefer flexible work schedules to the 9-to-5 grind, and they line up dates on their smartphones

March 20, 2018 FLASH REPORT: 85% of S&P 500 Index® Companies Publish Sustainability Reports in 2017

Source: Governance & Accountability Institute, Inc.

G&A Institute has analyzed index companies’ sustainability reporting activities since 2011. Our research over the past seven years shows that corporate reporting on sustainability -- including environmental, social and governance...[more]

July 18, 2017 RESEARCH RESULTS: Using The GRI Sustainability Reporting Framework Improves The Quality of ESG Disclosures - Joint Research From G&A Institute and Baruch College Shows

Source: Governance & Accountability Institute, Inc.

But Now That Most Companies Are Publishing Sustainability Reports the Question Arises: What is the Quality of the Content of These Reports? To explore the answers, G&A teamed with The CSR-Sustainability Monitor® (CSR-S Monitor)...[more]

Commentary & Opinion

December 21, 2018 Invest With Your Conscience: 5 Great Socially Responsible Mutual Funds

Source: Earth911

Many of us are aware that how we spend our money impacts the world. In fact, consumer choices have even been called voting with our dollars. Just as spending money shapes the world around us, so does how we invest money.

December 18, 2018 How Socially Responsible Investing Lost Its Soul

Source: Bloomberg L.P.

Take the $1.2 billion iShares MSCI KLD 400 Social ETF. It promises “exposure to socially ... Oppenheimer says the companies garner above-average ESG scores, based on third-party research that specializes in sustainability...

November 28, 2018 The key reasons why investors are not yet sold on SRI

Source: Citywire

Mistrust over greenwashing is the biggest deterrent to SRI strategies and concerns are growing year-on-year, according to the Eurosif 2018 study. The report, which assessed SRI trends over the past two years in 12 European...


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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