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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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…
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Interview: Zhena Muzkya, Purveyor of Fair Trade Teas

Tea was once the most bland, unappreciated beverage in the USA. But like coffee, tea has made huge progress. A bounty of varieties…
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Bottom of the Pyramid: Throw Out the Cookie-Cutter Investment Approach

By Abby Callard, Beyond Profit So, you have an innovative business model that you think will improve the lives of millions of people…
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Should Corporate Social Responsibility Reporting be Mandatory?

A common vision emerged during the opening keynote panel discussion at the Net Impact Conference 2010. This is a vision of becoming an…
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The Importance of Being Earnest in CSR

Fear of greenwashing and consumer skepticism may keep companies from publicizing and promoting their sustainability efforts, but that’s a mistake, according to Suzanne…
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Pension Funds Buy In To Sustainable Investing

Any time a new evangelist for sustainable investing emerges it is good news for investors, the environment and proponents of corporate social responsibility.…
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Video Interview: Tony Zhang of OnGreen.com on Accelerating GreenTech Investments

By Connie Kwan Finding investors can be particularly challenging for GreenTech entrepreneurs because investors are unfamiliar with the concept.  At the recent Going…
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The Inevitabilities in Capitalism’s Collision with Social Responsibility

by Linda Chang Matthew Bishop, U.S. Business Editor for The Economist and author of a new book, The Road from Ruin: How to…

SoCap 2010 Explores Next Steps in Impact Investing

The term “impact investing” has been making the rounds in recent months.  Just last week the Clinton Global Initiative announced the launch of…
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Reform of the US Securities Laws is Necessary for Impact Investing to Reach Full Potential

Triple Pundit recently teamed up with SoCap10 to explore the opportunity and challenge of impact investing. In partnership with Myoo Create, we put…
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Op Ed: Eliminate the Competition?

By Joe Sibilia “Eliminate the competition – crush them – subjugate them. Smear the competition – expose their weaknesses – distribute false information.…
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Will Money Talk? Banks Shy from “Dirty” Projects

One of the biggest breakthroughs in the area of corporate social responsibility came when major corporations looked at their social and environmental impact…

NewSeed Advisors Connects Investors to Sustainable Agriculture

Led by Janine Yorio, a former investment banker at Salomon Brothers, NewSeed Advisors is organizing conferences that will link financiers to those in…
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Investors Demand Oil Companies Improve Disaster Response Plans

The oil industry has been under heavy scrutiny over the past few months thanks to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  Criticized for…