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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

October 1, 2018 How a Seattle nun led a shareholder revolt against gun makers

Source: NBC News

That led her, in 1998, to the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, an organization of institutional investors that was formed in the early 1970s to end economic support of the apartheid-based regime in South Africa and...

September 21, 2018 Investors Buy into Social Responsibility

Source: Business Journal Daily

The demographic of those looking to invest in socially responsible companies stretches across all ages and financial conditions, McMahon says. Stock investments can range from a couple dollars up to hundreds and thousands of...

September 13, 2018 Socially Responsible Investing Gets a Boost From the U.K.

Source: Barron's

Here’s a vote of confidence in socially responsible investing, popularly defined as investing according to environmental, social, and governance factors, or ESG.

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

January 21, 2018 10 minutes with Tim Smith, Walden Asset Management

Source: GreenBiz

You are in your fifth decade of shareholder advocacy on ESG issues. What has changed for the good?

August 25, 2017 Might Growth in Passive and Sustainability Investment Strategies Be Complementary?

Source: Pamela Styles, Alpha-Sense

How can growth in passive and sustainability investment strategies affect a company’s relationship efforts and effectiveness with investors and buy-side and sell-side analysts? Should we also think about this in context with the...

July 5, 2017 Thud: Socially Responsible Investing Meets Reality

Source: Wall St. Daily

But I’ll furnish hard proof today that socially responsible investors — among the fastest-growing demographics on the planet — are playing a fool’s game.


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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