Socially Responsible Investing

SRI: Socially Responsible Investing

Socially responsible investing, also known as sustainable, socially-conscious, or ethical investing, describes an investment strategy which seeks to maximize both financial return and social good.

In general, socially responsible investors favor corporate practices that promote environmental stewardship, consumer protection, human rights, and diversity. Some (but not all) avoid businesses involved in alcohol, tobacco, gambling, weapons, and/or the military. The areas of concern recognized by the SRI industry can be summarized as environment, social justice, and corporate governance (ESG).

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Women Rule: Why the Future of Social, Sustainable and Impact Investing is in Female Hands

In the early days of the social investing movement, women and girls were arguably seen more as program beneficiaries than financial movers and…
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Is the Public Etsy Still Part of the Sharing Economy?

Etsy's IPO took Wall Street by storm last week. The conversation was peppered with questions about whether or not a company that claims…
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Why Gender Matters to Investors

Despite the powerful business case for women’s advancement, gender inequality stubbornly persists. Today only 12 percent of board seats and 11 percent of…
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Embracing a New Definition for Social Investing

Definitions — we are so over them in the social investing sector. Yet once in a while a new definition comes along, and…
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Reflections from Career Investor Amy Domini

The feminist in me struggles with the topic of "women in investing." The suggestion of a special category implies a difference, and a…
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Women and the Future of Investing

Women are the largest emerging market in the world – twice as big as India and China combined – with over $5 trillion…
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Etsy Takes Its Social Mission to Wall Street

The Internet is buzzing with speculation as Etsy prepares for its initial public offering. It is only the second certified B Corp to…
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Who Owns Private Prisons? Most Likely, You!

Some foundations have been criticized for investing in corrections facilities, but it is not always easy to know what is hidden in large…
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Climate Change, Political Lobbying High On Shareholders’ Agenda

Corporations' activities related to climate change and political lobbying are among those of greatest concern to shareholders, proxy proposals reveal.
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Save a Seat: Make Room for Millennials at the Investment Table

As millennials come of age in the business and financial landscape, they are approaching the terrain with a unique, evolved mentality. Today, the…
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Activist Investors Will Shake Up Social Investing: Should We Worry?

Once called corporate raiders or asset strippers, activist investors are rewriting the rules of engagement for investors and investees. How will this affect…
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2014 Was the Year of Impact Investing: What’s Next For 2015?

Impact investing requires the commitment to measure, and report on positive social change. As the industry matures, here's what we expect to see…
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Fund for Teachers Supports Sustainability One Teacher at a Time

Sustainable "edusystems" support healthy "ecosystems," says Fund for Teachers; grants for summer fellowships keep teachers in classrooms and students engaged.
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Does a Company’s LGBT Policies Apply to Its Workers Abroad?

Most leading U.S. corporations now have LGBT nondiscrimination policies in place for their American gay and lesbian employees, but it’s unclear if these…
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Nathan Mackenzie Brown: Profile of an Impact Investor

Nathan Mackenzie Brown of Dancing Rabbit explains how he got started with impact investing and offers tips and advice for those interested in…