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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GE, Nike, BoA Cut from 2014 Dow Jones Sustainability Index

“Both the importance and the understanding of sustainability has grown dramatically over the past decade and a half,” said David Blitzer, managing director…
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How the Citi Foundation is Helping to Build a Marketplace for U.S. Community Investments

Senior Program Officer Kristen Scheyder describes the Citi Foundation’s efforts to increase investment in CDFIs (community development financial institutions) through a joint project…
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The EU and the Future of Non-Financial Reporting

In a historic vote on April 15, the European Parliament adopted the most significant corporate social responsibility measure, anywhere, to date.
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Supply Chain Worker Rights: From Good Intentions to Implementation

Today, worker rights might even be considered an oxymoron. But it’s a struggle well worth engaging as both a holding action and in…
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Ceres and UN Call for $1 Trillion in Clean Energy Investments by 2030 – Is It Feasible?

The framework, which was presented last week at the Investor Summit on Climate Risk at the U.N. was quite simple: All we need…

Resolution 2014: Make My Investment Portfolio Responsible

Sustainable and responsible investing is an investment discipline that considers environmental, social and corporate governance criteria (ESG) to generate long-term competitive financial returns…
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Humane Investing: How to Get Animals Out of Your Portfolio

By Brenda A. Morris If you choose not to eat animal products or are trying to limit your meat consumption for ethical reasons,…
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The Silicon Age: The Future of the Cleanweb

Will the next billion dollar business be inherently sustainable? Ask the Cleanweb Initiative...

UN Global Compact Launches Stock Index

The UN Global Compact released a stock index of key signatories. What does this really mean from a sustainability standpoint?
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New Legal Rule Will Open Floodgates to Business Investment

The rules for businesses raising money are changing, in a way that could connect millions of values-driven investors with social entrepreneurs. This could…

Should Climate Risks Be Included in Sustainability Reports?

Historically, sustainability reporting has been largely about the firm’s impact on society and the environment. Recently though, stakeholders have also been asking for…
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Eight Defining Milestones for Social Enterprises in India

Social Enterprises in India that provide innovations for low-income markets and create opportunities for a better lifestyle have made significant progress in fighting…
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Will Harvard Divest from Fossil Fuels After Appointing VP of Sustainable Investing?

Harvard Management Company, which manages the university’s endowment, announced that Jameela Pedicini will become its first vice president of sustainable investing. What does…
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Crowdfunding Brings Affordable Loans to Small Businesses

TriplePundit asks Alex Binkley, co-founder of FundingCommunity.com, to give a glimpse of the insights at work in the crowd-lending model, and what sort…
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Study Shows Most Investors Don’t Support Climate-Related Shareholder Resolutions

A new study from Ceres shows that while many investors might say they view climate change as a material concern, when it comes…