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).

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…

Capital Markets for Social Good Soon to Launch in Asia

Social entrepreneurship has taken off in these regions, but enterprises tackling challenges from health care to microfinance struggle because they do not have…
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Top Nine Drivers For Corporate Sustainability, Despite Washington

By Dave Pedersen In July, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced that climate change legislation would not be pursued in any meaningful way…
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CSR: How Investor Proxy Votes Win

Shareholder resolutions and proxy votes haven't been that successful in the past, but recent initiatives by As You Sow on coal show they're…

Exxon’s “Frack Attack” and What Shareholders May Do About It

By Michael Passoff, Senior Program Director at As You Sow ExxonMobil believes in public disclosure regarding its use of toxic chemicals. Either that,…
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Does Africa Need Sustainable Investment?

By David Abraham The IFC and EMPEA recently hosted the Global Private Equity Conference in Washington, DC.  The annual event draws in hundreds of…
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Samasource and the Business of Alleviating Poverty

We’ve covered the inspiring work of Samasource before. But we felt we’d be remiss for wrapping up our series on the social side of…
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The Changing Landscape of Microfinance

By Terry Provance, Executive Director, Oikocredit USA When Mohammad Yunus received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 for creating the Grameen Microcredit Bank…

CSR Reporting—and Interest in What It Shows—Is Gaining Steam

Bernie Madoff. Sir Allen Stanford. Raj Rajaratnam. Jerome Kerviel. Mitchel Guttenberg. Sam Israel III. Unfortunately, the list could go on. Once you’ve been…
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Investors Raise Coal Ash Disposal Issues with Coal Utilities

by Amy Galland of As You Sow As regulators debate emission caps and utilities install filters and scrubbers to reduce toxic particles from…

CSR Reporting: When is Enough, Enough? Views from Intel and Merck

This is the third column in a three-part series on CSR Reporting. Producing CSR reports requires a substantial investment of time and money. Is…

Corporate Citizenship Conference: Winning a Seat at the Table

By Glenn Gutterman How do you convince your CEO to serve double duty as Chief Sustainability Officer? Winning a Seat at the Table…

Is Microsoft Going to Walk the Talk?

By Michael Muyot, President CRD Analytics.com Microsoft was removed from the NASDAQ Global Sustainability Index (QCRD) on October 31, 2009 due to a…

Intel Makes Sustainability a “Fiduciary Duty” After Investor Campaign

Silicon chip giant Intel has amended its corporate charter to include mandatory reporting on “corporate responsibility and sustainability performance.” The move came after…