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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

November 24, 2021 Transparency of ESG investment ratings faces regulatory scrutiny

Source: Reuters

Market regulators set out a global framework on Tuesday to police environment, social and governance (ESG) investment ratings and help combat 'greenwashing' in the fast-growing, multi-trillion dollar sector.

November 23, 2021 Digital Realty Completes Refinancing with New Sustainability-Linked Global Revolving Credit Facilities

Source: Yahoo Finance

Digital Realty, the largest global provider of cloud- and carrier-neutral data center, colocation and interconnection solutions, announced today it has amended, extended, and upsized its existing global revolving credit facility...

November 16, 2021 92% of S&P 500® Companies and 70% of Russell 1000® Companies Published Sustainability Reports in 2020, G&A Institute Research Shows

Source: G&A Institute

10th Anniversary Report Finds All-Time Highs for Sustainability Reporting of Largest U.S. Public Companies

Research & Insights

November 16, 2021 92% of S&P 500® Companies and 70% of Russell 1000® Companies Published Sustainability Reports in 2020, G&A Institute Research Shows

Source: G&A Institute

10th Anniversary Report Finds All-Time Highs for Sustainability Reporting of Largest U.S. Public Companies

December 11, 2020 5 Drivers Behind the Sustainable Investing Shift

Source: Visual Capitalist

Against all odds, sustainable investing in the U.S. smashed records in 2020. Estimated net flows reached $20.9 billion in the first six months alone—that’s nearly equal to the amount of new money invested in all of 2019.

October 16, 2019 More large-scale investors are skittish about an ESG strategy at the expense of returns: survey

Source: MarketWatch

That is according to the Royal Bank of Canada’s RY, +0.53% fourth annual survey on responsible investing, which found that 18% of institutional investors globally said an environmental, social and governance strategy will...

Commentary & Opinion

October 7, 2021 Climate-Friendly Investment Funds Are a Scam

Source: New Republic

At the most basic level, ratings firms grade companies on their impact on the environment, the quality or equity of their internal governance, and, uh, their impact on “society.” Then a bunch of those companies might get bundled...

August 22, 2019 ESG/Sustainability: Getting On the Offense With Competitor Analysis

Source: Pamela J. Styles, Next Level Investor Relations

The rate of change across ESG/Sustainability is staggering. It’s tough for company boards and management teams to get ahead of the curve, especially for small and mid-cap companies. It has become effectively non-optional for...


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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