Socially responsible investing

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To Be A Smart Investor, Be An ESG Investor

Climate change is real and is having a sizable, immediate impact on how investments are evaluated. ESG —  environmental, social and governance criteria used by investors to evaluate a company’s operations — is what brings sustainability and profitability together in today’s new era of investments. We’re already seeing the result: In 2018, 26% of all professionally managed assets (a

Socially responsible investing: is it a thing in 2019?

With a large variety of investment opportunities available, it can be quite difficult to decide where to invest your money. There are many aspects to consider, including the return, dividends, risk, inflation, taxes and diversification. However, there are some investors who purposely choose to make it even more complicated. Today, people are becoming more conscious

‘Socially responsible’ & impact investing: What’s the difference?

More and more investors are looking for "double bottom line returns" that meet financial goals and advance their personal values where people and the planet are concerned. Socially responsible investing and impact investing are both mission-driven investment strategies, but there are significant differences - semantic and practical - between the two approaches. What is socially responsible investing?

Investing with a Conscience: The Rise of ESG and What Really Matters to Investors

Socially responsible investing has really blossomed in the past few years. What used to be viewed as a niche investment philosophy is now firmly planted in the mainstream, with everyday consumers using their dollars to support companies that align with their personal values around sustainability and social progressiveness. But beyond the day-to-day choices, like what

Researchers uncover indoor pollution hazards

When most people think about air pollution, they think of summertime haze, traffic or smokestack exhaust, wintertime inversions, or wildfire smoke. They rarely think of the air that they breathe inside their own homes. In a new study of indoor air quality, a team of WSU researchers has found surprisingly high levels of pollutants, including

Impact investing glossary

If you’re interested in learning more about impact investing or becoming active in the space, there are several industry terms you should be aware of. Familiarity with these concepts will provide a foundation for diving deeper into the impact investing landscape. General impact investing terminology Development finance institution (DFI) A blanket term to describe varying

How to Ensure ESG Investing Isn’t Whitewash

AS PEOPLE’S INTEREST IN socially responsible investing grows, mutual fund and exchange-traded fund issuers are introducing more investment vehicles to allow people to align their dollars with their values. Among the $46.6 trillion of U.S. professionally managed assets at the end of 2017, $12 trillion – roughly 26% – was earmarked for sustainable investing, according to data from

Socially Responsible Investing Sounds Appealing, but Does it Actually Work?

Make money, do good, feel good, save the planet. That’s the pitch for socially and environmentally responsible investing. And this form of investing is a good one—clean water, not clean coal, to simplify it. Millennial investors, who don’t yet have enough money to do much with it, and family offices, which have billions at their disposal and

Best Earth Day-Friendly Robo Advisors for Socially-Responsible Investing

When it comes to investing, we tend to primarily think about our ROI – return on investment. But now that we’re surrounded by groups supporting social causes, it might be time to rethink your investment philosophy. Yes, you might be able to earn more by investing in whatever is the best investment overall–but have you

Trump creates positive effect on socially responsible investing

Donald Trump’s surprising ascent to president of the United States has brought many unexpected effects to the financial markets. Ironically, one has been a rapid increase in interest and adoption of impact investing and other types of values-based investing. Impact investing, or values-based investing, is a type of investing that helps people and/or organizations align

Socially Responsible Investing Has A Politics Problem

As a topic up for public discussion, socially conscious investing comes with some political touchiness, mostly thanks to its inherent interconnection with the broader climate science debate. Just as our overall political climate has pulled us further apart and closer to the poles of our partisan spectrum, the divisiveness surrounding socially conscious investing has created

Impact Investing Must Hold Chinese Companies to Same Ethical Standards

Socially responsible investing has gained traction in recent years. Traditionally, an underperforming niche product ignored by most serious investors, it has become a key investment rationale and a differentiator among portfolio managers. There has been tangible growth of investment in companies that make a positive impact in terms of environmental, social, and governance issues—or ESG

The Sustainability Game

When it emerged on the scene a decade ago, sustainable finance was widely regarded as little more than a boutique business for a relative handful of concerned investors. Today, it might be on the cusp of prime time. “They said that 2018 would be the year of socially responsible investing. Now they say 2019,” says

The State of Socially Responsible Investing

In 2007, the European Investment Bank issued its first green bond, a EUR 600 million equity index-linked security, whose proceeds were used to fund renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. A year later, the World Bank followed suit, and by 2017, over $155 billion worth of public and corporate green bonds had been issued, paving

How to Evaluate Socially Responsible Investing

FINDING SOCIALLY responsible investments is easier than ever before, but questions still remain around just what impact these investments are actually having. A responsible fund may call itself a low-carbon exchange-traded fund, but how much carbon is it actually mitigating? "The challenge for impact investors is it can be hard to understand what's actually going on in

SRI, ESG And Impact Investing – A Natural Evolution For Investment Management?

Summary Exploring the differences and applications of SRI, ESG And Impact Investing from one independent money manager's practical experience that argues they should be integrated in core investment processes and thinking. In today’s business environment, social investing methodologies can add a series of new astute business analysis factors and be seen as a natural evolution

Impact Investing: The Intersection Of Funding Founders Of Color

In the past couple of years, lots of capital has poured into social impact businesses, taking pages out of the original black investors playbook. Since venture capital funds have long sought out high growth companies with strong bottom lines, factoring in a new level of consciousness can be tricky. The Breakdown You Need to Know

When will “socially responsible investing” become just “investing”?

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the global financial crisis, bringing with it an inescapable reminder of the power of the finance industry. While many tangible things have changed over the past decade—from stricter regulation to big banks’ leadership ranks—more subtle, yet no less consequential, shifts are also underway in the financial world. It