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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Sustainability Ratings: Coming to an Investment Near You

Until recently, research on corporate sustainability for investing was largely available only to financial institutions and venture capital firms. But an announcement by…
Peabody Energy declared bankruptcy last week. Some were surprised; others not so much. One such investor

Will Bad Companies Fail? Want To Bet?

"If you're divesting from bad companies and you believe they're going to fail, why not go further? Why not short them?," asks Dale…
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A Rockefeller Tells Why the U.S. Must Move Away from Fossil Fuels

Dr. Neva Rockefeller Goodwin, a great-granddaughter of John D. Rockefeller, donated her energy company shares, including those of ExxonMobil, in order to help…
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The 2016 International Home and Housewares Show — A Sustainable Assessment

March, this year, is a big month for expos, and the first one we attended this month was the International Home and Housewares…
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Etsy Shares 10 Social Impact Tips

Etsy not only provides crafts that would look great on your wall and one of the only legit “you can work from home”…
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Study: Migrant Worker Abuse Bad for Business

A new study highlights migrant worker abuse as a pervasive problem in global industry and one that jeopardizes future businesses and their reputations.
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7 Ways Small Businesses Can Help Nonprofits

Is your small business trying to think of ways to be more socially responsible? Check out these seven strategies that your company can…
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Finance Innovation: The Next Frontier in Fair-Trade Supply Chains

How can smaller-scale, fair-trade suppliers like Guayaki’s yerba mate farmers get the financing they need to meet market demand? Social finance and fair…
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Not Too Big to Fail: How Mega Investment Firms Do Sustainability

Mega investment firms are not too big to fail sustainability. Not all investment portfolios return above-average performance to their investors. We should hope for…
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Shareholder Activists Tackle Methane Emissions

2015 was a big year for shareholder activism against oil and gas companies. Less than a month in, 2016 is looking like it…
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Bikes, Tech, Politics and Passion: A Path To Sustainable Transport

The Thames Deckway in London is envisioned as a robust and steady floating cycle and pedestrian pathway, with less obvious integration of renewable…
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Landscape Restoration: It’s Time

From the very first speeches on the first day of COP21, landscape-scale restoration was on the global agenda as never before.
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Millennials Are Changing Philanthropy

In Hong Kong, young investment portfolio managers form their own giving circles and learn how to be effective philanthropic investors.
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GiveDirectly Gives Cash to Poor People, No Strings Attached

Despite popular opinion, beneficiaries aren’t mismanaging the free cash, nor are they spending it on alcohol or gambling. They're using it to change…
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What is the Future of SOCAP?

Investors who want to learn more about investing capital toward social good don’t have to wait until the annual SOCAP (Social Capital Markets…
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