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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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…
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The Sustainable Business Headlines We Didn’t See In 2010 #3pVOTE

Wishful thinking or manifesting destiny?  Here are three sustainable business stories we didn't see in 2010:
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Crowds of Ratings: The Financial Folks

The following is a guest post by our friends at CSRHub (a 3p sponsor) – offering free sustainability and corporate social responsibility ratings…
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Boredom and The 3J’s: Jack, Jackson and Jesus

Boredom is a crucial part of restlessness; that uncomfortable place where we feel a gravitational pull to rearrange a current context, and from…

Ethical Investors Successfully Engage Companies and Governments

This article is reprinted with the permission of alrroya By Ron Robins Ethical and socially responsible (SR) investors and funds, through their powerful…
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The Road to Sustainability is Paved with Greenbacks…and Euros…and Yen…

For readers that might have missed me over the last couple of months (Hi Mom), let me catch you up on where I…
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Crowds of Ratings: How Group Wisdom Affects CSR Data

The following is a guest post by our friends at CSRHub (a 3p sponsor) – offering free sustainability and corporate social responsibility ratings…
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How to Get Big Companies Behind Socially Responsible Small Businesses

By Geri Stengel American companies just had their best quarter ever and I have a suggestion for how they can use those profits:…
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UK Minister Gives Glimpse of Big Society Bank

The UK’s Minister for Civil Society, Nick Hurd, MP, gave a preview of the government’s plans for funding its Big Society bank at…
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Sustainability Shareholder Proposal Turned Down at Microsoft Meeting

On a typical cold and rainy morning in Seattle this week, Microsoft shareholders, board members and executives gathered for the annual shareholders meeting…
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New Opportunities and Conflicts for Sustainable Investors

The Boston investment firm Reynders, McVeigh Capital Management has produced a new paper called “Capital and Climate Change” arguing that climate change is…
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Why Does the Green Festival Make Me So Happy?

The second of San Francisco’s biannual Green Festivals wrapped up Sunday afternoon after serving what will likely be the most people ever at…