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Socially Responsible Investments

Latin American Coffee Farmers Prosper in a New Partnership With Chick-fil-A

Akoshia Yoba | Posted 11.10.2014 | Latino Voices
Akoshia Yoba

For millions of coffee lovers, that first morning cup is a necessary ritual to properly launch the day. Indeed, the most serious coffee drinkers do...

Is Climate Risk a New and Troubling Source of Systemic Risk?

David W. Richardson, CFA | Posted 10.24.2014 | Money
David W. Richardson, CFA

There are signs that environmental risks, particularly extreme weather and government regulations to reduce pollution, are becoming both more material but also systemic, with the potential to affect large swathes of investment portfolios.

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Faces Mounting Pressure to Act on Oil, Gas, Mining Global Transparency

Frank Vogl | Posted 08.11.2014 | Business
Frank Vogl

The American Petroleum Institute (API), the powerhouse lobbying group for the oil industry, is pushing hard for actions that are not only explicitly against the interests of investors, but that bolster corrupt regimes in many foreign countries.

Transparency and Reputation: There Is No Place to Hide

Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI | Posted 06.07.2014 | Religion
Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI

Reputation, brand and image are very important priorities for corporations, organizations and institutions. These characteristics and the products and...

SXSW Film: Damnation, a Documentary That's Testing the Waters of Corporate Social Responsibility

Vivian Norris | Posted 05.14.2014 | Entertainment
Vivian Norris

I came away from this film feeling I had truly learned something and that I was not being "sold" anything, yet the fact that the film was entirely supported by a "brand," Patagonia, left me intrigued.

How to Make a Bigger Impact With Your Investments in 2014

Jorge Newbery | Posted 04.19.2014 | Money
Jorge Newbery

If you're looking to make a bigger social impact with your investments this year, you have many options. Here are five ideas to help you get started.

Should I Choose Socially Responsible Investments?

SaveUp | Posted 10.15.2013 | Business
SaveUp

Consumers can vote with their dollars when they make purchases. The same principle can be applied to investments. That is what the rapidly-growing space of socially responsible investing is all about.

Shareholders Pressure McDonald's to Report Human Rights Impacts

Margaret Jungk | Posted 07.22.2013 | Business
Margaret Jungk

Whenever I talk to businesses, they tell me that identifying and reporting their human rights impacts is hard. It sure is. But so is serving millions of hamburgers every day. I like to think that sometime in the future, companies won't be able to do the latter without the former.

Investors Wake Up! Fossil-Free Breakfast Is Ready!

G. Benjamin Bingham | Posted 05.08.2013 | Impact
G. Benjamin Bingham

A powerful myth of the '70s was that "you have to eat meat to get enough protein!" and one of today's myths is that "if you dump oil stocks your portfolio will suffer!" Good nutrition, people now know, is no longer about meat and potatoes.

Is Divestment the Only Solution to Climate Catastrophe?

Tim Brennan | Posted 04.28.2013 | Green
Tim Brennan

Those engaged in socially responsible investing are now expending time and focus on debating one another about divestment instead of taking action to address the problem. We are treating our good allies as enemies. This is not productive.

Investing After Newtown

Mary Buffett | Posted 04.02.2013 | Business
Mary Buffett

The sad truth is that most people don't look beyond the top-line numbers to see what is driving their portfolio. There is a high chance that you are investing in something you might find objectionable.

Divestment Proponents: Our Math Is Sound

Martin Bourqui | Posted 02.22.2013 | Green
Martin Bourqui

Talking about fossil fuels solely within the sphere of the policy approach or as a "good" or "bad" investment ignores the realities of extraction on the ground.

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.

Cerberus Divestment Is a Loss, Not a Win

Christine Bader | Posted 02.18.2013 | Business
Christine Bader

Cerberus Capital's decision to sell its stake in the Freedom Group, maker of the gun used in the Newtown shootings, is being widely applauded. But divestment is exactly the wrong outcome: Running away from the problem doesn't solve it.

Yellow Brick Road to the Impact Economy

David Bank | Posted 02.17.2013 | Impact
David Bank

I was at Bloomberg to explore corporate sustainability data as a fuel for impact investing in transformative innovation. So I sat up when Daniel Doctoroff, Bloomberg's CEO, said the market's movement toward sustainability had reached a tipping point.

What About the Demand Side of Impact Investing?

Randall Kempner | Posted 01.13.2013 | Business
Randall Kempner

We are excited about the increased interest in Impact Investing on the part of investors. But in order for this burgeoning sector to continue to be successful we need to ensure that we are working together to support the development of the entire ecosystem.

Impact Investing Grows in Popularity, Importance in the U.S.

Terri Ludwig | Posted 12.22.2012 | Business
Terri Ludwig

Investing in one's community has been part of the culture in the U.S. since our country was founded. Early on, it was as simple as sharing an abundant crop with a neighbor or extending a hand to a stranger in need.

Caterpillar No Longer A Socially Responsible Investment

AP | BLAKE SOBCZAK | Posted 08.27.2012 | Business

JERUSALEM (AP) — A U.S. investment firm has removed Caterpillar Inc. from three of its popular indexes that track socially responsible investments, ...

Are You Being a 'Muppet'?

John Friedman | Posted 05.29.2012 | Business
John Friedman

The most famous Muppet of all, Kermit the frog, famously stated, "It's not easy being green." Turns out, it's not easy as being an empowered investor either.

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?"

Socially-Conscious Banking: End to Foreclosures & Occupy Your Home

Mitchell J. Rabin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Mitchell J. Rabin

Remove foreclosure as an outcome of non-payment and an entirely fresh vision of borrower-lender relationship is put in place, now as cooperating partners, as in a business deal, because that's really what it is.

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.

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.