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).

Is Trump the Tipping Point for Ethical Investing?

You may have voted against U.S. President Donald Trump, protested his policies, and ranted to your friends. Yet most of us are financing…

Will Equity Crowdfunding Accelerate Impact Investing in 2017?

This past May, a new law allowing equity crowdfunding opened a new world of possibilities for social entrepreneurs around the country. Whether or…

How to Move Sustainable Investing Into the Spotlight

The Climate Trust's director of investments, Kristen Kleiman, explains how we can bring sustainable investing into the spotlight: "If 25 years have taught…

On CSR, Sustainability and Community: Why Authentic Connection is So Important

Corporations and small businesses are becoming increasingly concerned with corporate social responsibility. Specifically, they are upping community outreach, which is becoming less of…

How Social Consciousness Can Drive Financial Success

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CSR in 2016: Who Was Naughty and Who Was Nice

This list of naughty and nice corporate scandals from Sustainvest Asset Management is sure to bring lively conversation to the holiday party.

The Quiet Progress of Green Property Funds

At the nexus between property developers and today’s socially-conscious investors stands an increasingly persuasive investment choice. Called a green property fund or impact…

Why It’s Time to Invest in Post-Conflict Countries

On a global scale, conflict is displacing more people from their homes than it ever has. And sadly, especially over the past five…

How to Increase the Sales Value of Your Green Business

The owners of small- and medium-sized green businesses may hope for a higher price when they opt to sell because of their exceptional…

When We Talk About Sustainability, Where Are Financial Advisors?

As Jessica Matthews, head of mission-related investing at Cambridge Associates, said at SOCAP16, “We need to think of advisors as a gateway, rather…

The Next Billion-Dollar Idea Will Not Come from Silicon Valley

Ross Baird, founder and CEO of social impact investing firm Village Capital, is looking outside the Silicon Valley bubble for the next big…

How NGOs Can Increase Impact by Aligning Their Finances with Their Mission

As a nonprofit employee or executive, imagine finding out your organization holds investments that work against the impact you're trying so hard to…

There’s Big Money in Sustainable Food and Agriculture Investments

The food and agriculture industry could create $2.3 trillion a year by 2030 for companies with stakes in sustainable business models, according to…

After Trump Tax Fiasco, Time for a New Kind of Corporation?

Donald Trump's recent statements about tax liability and fiduciary obligation highlights what's wrong with corporate law.

Reaching Out to the Next Generation: CSR and HR Diversity Reform

For those in HR who want to help correct societal imbalance on a palpable level, greater attention to corporate social responsibility and a…