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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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…

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…