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Social Responsibility Investing, Sustainable Investing, Green Investing

There is a sizable and fast-growing number of "socially responsible" or "socially-minded" investors -- individual and institutional " that, according to the Social Investment Forum (SIF) now represents more than $2.3 trillion in corporate equity investments (estimated in 2003).  That's roughly $1 in $9 invested in the stock market today in the United States.  The Forum reported in 2005 that "social investing" grew at a faster rate than all other investing trends in 2005, with three primary styles being applied to portfolio management:  (1) stock screening, (2) shareholder advocacy, and (3) community investing.

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News & Updates

July 22, 2021 ESG investing gains momentum globally, US leads with highest share of SRI assets

Source: Mint

US had the highest share of 48.4% of global SRI assets at the start of 2020, up from 39.1% in 2018. On the other hand, Europe’s share dropped to 34.0% in 2020 from 45.9% in 2018.

June 30, 2021 Credit Suisse Talks Sustainability Amid Scandals

Source: FinNews

The Swiss bank is hosting a star-studded week of discussing some of most pressing problems facing the world. The unfortunate timing given its own woes has strategic logic.

June 1, 2021 Slower travel methods could be the next big tourism trend as sustainability features more heavily in consumer decisions, says GlobalData

Source: Hotelier India

Slow travel mainly refers to the speed of which a trip is taken, where travelers take a train through Europe instead of flying, for example. However, it also has a broader meaning of tourists staying in destinations for longer,...

Research & Insights

December 11, 2020 5 Drivers Behind the Sustainable Investing Shift

Source: Visual Capitalist

Against all odds, sustainable investing in the U.S. smashed records in 2020. Estimated net flows reached $20.9 billion in the first six months alone—that’s nearly equal to the amount of new money invested in all of 2019.

October 16, 2019 More large-scale investors are skittish about an ESG strategy at the expense of returns: survey

Source: MarketWatch

That is according to the Royal Bank of Canada’s RY, +0.53% fourth annual survey on responsible investing, which found that 18% of institutional investors globally said an environmental, social and governance strategy will...

September 19, 2019 The World’s Most Reputable Companies For Corporate Responsibility 2019

Source: Forbes

Some of the world’s biggest businesses were in crisis management mode last year, picking up the pieces of reputations shattered by scandal. While many corporations have yet to regain the trust of stakeholders, others have made...

Commentary & Opinion

August 22, 2019 ESG/Sustainability: Getting On the Offense With Competitor Analysis

Source: Pamela J. Styles, Next Level Investor Relations

The rate of change across ESG/Sustainability is staggering. It’s tough for company boards and management teams to get ahead of the curve, especially for small and mid-cap companies. It has become effectively non-optional for...


Richard Barr Featured Columns

Richard Barr transitioned out of a 20-year career as an SRI advisor with First Affirmative Financial Network and is now a commentator for the Governance & Accountability Institute.  Click Here

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