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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ExxonMobil Shareholders Ask for Disclosure on Tar Sands Investments

Green Century Capital Management filed a shareholder resolution with ExxonMobil to disclose information about its investments in Canadian oil sands (commonly called tar…
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McDonald’s Stands Its Ground: Advertising To Children is OK

Corporate Accountability International (CAI) presented a proposal at McDonald’s Corp shareholder meeting yesterday that asked for a report on the links between fast…
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Shareholders Pressure Coca-Cola to Scrutinize BPA

On April 27 over one-quarter of Coca-Cola shareholders voted for a resolution that requested the beverage giant to address consumers’ concerns over bisphenol…
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A Common Language for Impact Investing

As graduate students pursuing MBAs in Sustainable Management at Presidio Graduate School, we are advocates for the myriad possibilities for positive economic and…

Evil Corporations: Shareholders Pull Strings for Sustainability

By Derrick Mains, Principal of Your3BL Advisors and Host of Your3BL Radio We all know that there is a rising tide of resistance…

Sustainability’s Influence on Stock Value

Political discourse over sustainability, in the USA, always seems to debate this single notion: that implementing sustainability initiatives – whether those are to…
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Pension Funds Are Key to Growing Impact Investing

Your findings show that investors are increasingly demanding socially responsible investment (SRI) options, and that SRI investing meets the fiduciary responsibility presented in…
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Socially Responsible Investment Firm Divests Chesapeake Energy

Harrington Investments, Inc., an investment advisory firm specializing in socially responsible investing, announced today that it is divesting its entire holding in Chesapeake…
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Pressing Starbucks to Follow Through on Recycling Commitments

By Conrad MacKerron, Senior Program Director, As You Sow How would you feel if a company publicly promised to reduce reliance on disposable…
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Food Safety, Security and Accesibility Concerns Cause Gates Foundation to Fund GMO Research

The United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization’s price index topped off at an all-time high this January, reflecting the skyrocketing global food prices…
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Shareholders File Record Number Of Environment Related Resolutions

A record number of climate and energy related shareholder resolutions have come to the table in proxy year 2011. In fact, shareholders have…
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Proxy Power: This Year’s Hottest Issues

By Andrew Behar Shareholder activism is alive and well. This year individual and institutional investors will use their power to influence corporate policy…
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Investors Ask Oil and Gas Companies To Report Fracking Risks

Investors filed shareholder resolutions with nine oil and gas companies, asking them to report on plans to deal with the risks surrounding natural…
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Invest Ethically for ‘All Good’ Returns

This piece originally appeared at Alrroya.com which holds the copyright. By: Ron Robins Investors rarely think about how their investments really affect them…
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Investments in Education: An Interview with Kim Smith

The following is a guest post from our friends at Investor’s Circle, who are using private capital to promote the transition to a…