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).

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…

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…

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.

Millennials Are Changing Philanthropy

In Hong Kong, young investment portfolio managers form their own giving circles and learn how to be effective philanthropic investors.

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…

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…

Kiva and Intuit Team Up to Provide Interest-Free Small Business Loans

As banks continue to restrict access to capital, sites like Kiva will continue to serve as disruptive options to traditional financing for small…

How Some Long-Term Investors are Fighting for Sustainability

Last week, Ceres released an illuminating analysis of how some major companies are responding to shareholder engagement on environmental, social and governance (ESG)…

Patagonia, Clif Bar and Seventh Generation: Social Enterprise Investors

Did you know that Patagonia, Seventh Generation and Clif Bar each invest millions in social enterprises through their investment management funds? I didn’t,…

Climate Leadership Index Selects Best Performing Companies

Now you can look at companies through an objective lens that compares their climate impact relative to others in their same line of…

Why Won’t the Gates Foundation Divest?

Divestment is cool. Bill Gates, apparently, is not, and his foundation is behind the times by continuing to invest in risky fossil fuels.

Raíces: Impact Investment in Latin America and Latino Communities in the U.S.

Jennifer Pryce, president and CEO of the Calvert Foundation, announced a new impact investing platform at SOCAP 2015 in San Francisco last week.

$6.2 Trillion is Not Enough: The Growth of Sustainable Investment

US$6.2 trillion is a wall of money. Today, trillions of dollars are being managed with 'sustainability inside,' based on self-reported, unverified, voluntary disclosures…

Why Are Investors Paying Over Market Rates For Green Bonds?

So do low interest rates explain why green bonds are selling for 20bps (.20%) over market rates? That's a big deal in fixed…

Seeking Optimistic Sustainable Investment Managers

What will it take to pivot to aggressive investment in a better future? We need sustainable investment practitioners to shift from "less bad"…