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Socially Responsible Investing

Where Does Your Money Spend the Night? Rethinking Capitalism

Tyler Jackson | Posted 03.25.2015 | Impact
Tyler Jackson

If we want to effect social change at scale, investors need to enlist the capital markets by injecting intention and purpose into every financial decision.

Why Asset Management Traditionalists Are Missing Out by Not Prioritizing ESG/SRI/Impact Investing

Julie Fox Gorte | Posted 02.27.2015 | Business
Julie Fox Gorte

Until recently, sustainable investing has been regarded, at least in North America, as a niche investment strategy. Mainstream asset managers were often skeptical of it, primarily for perceived performance reasons.

The Warren Buffett Effect: Investing In Our World

John G. Taft | Posted 09.11.2014 | Business
John G. Taft

Corporate responsibility is no longer about how you give money away; it's about the way you make money -- about the culture and the values that inform your operating practices.

Gender Equity Can Make America Competitive

Eve Ellis | Posted 08.20.2014 | Business
Eve Ellis

In his recent address at West Point, President Obama said the U.S. must always be a leader. And yet, leaders of U.S. corporations, so far, have seemed complacent with a lagging status quo.

Mark Gongloff

New Investment Firm Invests In 'Patriotic' Things Like Guns, For Freedom | Mark Gongloff | Posted 06.18.2014 | Business

If you are somebody who counts gun makers among the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, then I have an investment opportunity for yo...

Investing With Purpose: The Evolution of Socially Responsible Investing

Amy Domini | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Amy Domini

By the time I launched my mutual funds the motivation for socially responsible investing had moved from 'consistent with my own values' to 'consistent with the values of human dignity and ecological sustainability.'

The Differences Among Socially Responsible, Impact, and Common Good Investing: The Latter Is the Future of All Investing

Terry Mollner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Terry Mollner

The only thing that sustains the consistent feeling of pure joy is doing in this moment whatever we can uniquely do for the common good. It is the only priority that provides the consistent experience of happiness, our birthright.

The Value Proposition for Corporate Environmental, Social and Governance Issues

Tim Mohin | Posted 11.20.2013 | Business
Tim Mohin

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) has become a term of art within corporations, and a clear trend has emerged toward integrating ESG data int...

Two Words That Could Impact Your Returns

Dan Solin | Posted 07.02.2013 | Business
Dan Solin

Here are two words I want every investor to say to their broker or advisor: "No alpha." "Alpha" is the excess return of a fund over its benchmark index. Nothing has caused investors more harm than the often futile pursuit of alpha. Want proof?

Socially Responsible Investing Moving From Upstream to Mainstream

Jacqui Dunne | Posted 08.19.2013 | Impact
Jacqui Dunne

Socially responsible investing (SRI) will become mainstream within the next couple of years according to a new study on the competitive advantage of g...

Eleazar David Melendez

Morgan Stanley Wouldn't Invest In Itself Under New Strategy | Eleazar David Melendez | Posted 03.21.2013 | Business

Investment giant Morgan Stanley is offering clients a new portfolio option that will only invest in companies with at least three female directors, in...

Some New Ideas for the Davos Crowd

Terry Mollner | Posted 05.18.2013 | Business
Terry Mollner

Can the world's most powerful CEOs, beholden as they are to tradition, the profit demands of shareholders and Wall Street financial analysts, embrace the concept of the common good and lead their companies in a more people and earth-friendly way?

Oil, Guns and Moral Outrage

Carol Pierson Holding | Posted 02.19.2013 | Impact
Carol Pierson Holding

At least sixty years of investors boycotting the gun trade has yielded zero result. In fact, SRI activism works best when rewarding companies that care about being good, whose products sustain life rather than take it.

Socially Responsible Investing: Whence Did We Come? And Whither Are We Going?

Robert Zevin | Posted 11.06.2012 | Business
Robert Zevin

Many of us are now embarrassed to say that our religious or moral or political views should and do affect our investment selections. We know the gatekeepers don't want to hear it; and they know that many of their institutional clients definitely don't want to hear it.

Eight Ways Money Managers Can Be 'HOT': Honest, Open, Trustworthy

R. Paul Herman | Posted 04.30.2012 | Money
R. Paul Herman

You don't just want smart people to manage your money, you want smart people you can trust -- who are comfortable with the 21st century culture of transparency, not the 20th century secretive approach.

Lila Shapiro

Walmart Dumped By Pension Fund Over Poor Worker Conditions | Lila Shapiro | Posted 01.05.2012 | Business

A major pension fund and longtime investor in Walmart has blacklisted the retailing behemoth, citing poor labor practices and the company's anti-union...

Impact Investing: New Kid on the Block?

Robert Zevin | Posted 02.14.2012 | Business
Robert Zevin

The primary question about an impact investment should not be "how profitable is it?" but "how well designed is it to achieve necessary changes in the social-economic context?"

Public Corporations Are Not Democracies, But They Should Be

Jack Ucciferri | Posted 01.23.2012 | Politics
Jack Ucciferri

While it is true that CEO's dominate contemporary corporate governance, it need not be so. It should not be so. In theory, it is not so.

Investor Support for the Occupy Movement

Robert Zevin | Posted 12.13.2011 | Business
Robert Zevin

As socially responsible investors, we seek the same goals as those protesting. Therefore we stand alongside the Occupy movement, supporting freedom, transparency, human dignity, and responsibility.

Impact Investing Defined

Jigar Shah | Posted 10.30.2011 | Green
Jigar Shah

The term "Impact Investing" has taken on many meanings in the past few years. I want to end the confusion and underscore that impact investing must by definition deliver impactful and compelling financial returns.

Want to Make a Difference? Invest Responsibly

Amy Domini | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Amy Domini

For socially responsible investors, impact starts by changing the dialog.

Investors for Immigration Reform

Daniel Altschuler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Altschuler

Why should investors and corporations support immigration reform? In short, because immigration helps the economy, and companies rely on immigrant innovation, talent and complementary labor to thrive.

Entrepreneurs Are Transforming The Developing World

Randall Kempner | Posted 12.07.2011 | Business
Randall Kempner

At least once a day at work (and all too often at cocktail parties), I have the opportunity to explain to a newcomer in my field why I think small and growing businesses (SGBs) are key to long-term poverty eradication in developing countries.

Al Gore's Investment Firm Seeks Socially Responsible Companies In Asia

Bloomberg | Jesse Westbrook and Zijing Wu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Al Gore's Generation Investment Management LLP, which buys shares of companies it deems socially responsible, aims to start a $500 million fund to inv...

Impact Investing -- Using Green Thinking to Make Green Dollars

April Rudin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
April Rudin

It's not easy being green. And we all know that it is not easy "making green." But in the future it will be.