Social Impact Investing
Would you like to make sure your investments are aligned with your values? It’s possible to earn competitive returns with portfolios that reflect your values. Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) based investing, faith-based investing, or socially responsible investing can all yield good returns, and in many cases, are good for business.
Socially Responsible Investing Trend
In recent years, issues like climate change, water conservation, workplace diversity, and human rights have moved responsible investing into the mainstream conversation. In 2017, more than $12 trillion was invested under responsible investing criteria.
The Evolution of Values-Based Investing
Quakers against companies that profited from slavery and war
Religious groups against companies that supported alcohol, tobacco, or lenders that charged excessively
Socially-responsible Investing (SRI) movement formally began
- Project on Corporate Responsibility
- Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility
- Calvert Social Investment Fund
- Social Venture Network
- Global presence
- Domini Social Index
- Corporate governance, religious political views
In 2003, 200 mutual funds use some form of social screening; about $2.16 trillion in assets under management.
How Socially Responsible Investing Works
Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) spans a wide and growing range of products and asset classes. It embraces not only public equity investments (stocks) but fixed income (bonds). SRI investing works like any type of investing; it just must meet particular criteria to qualify as an SRI investment.
Socially Responsible Investing often involves Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) criteria. These criteria fall into three major categories: environmental, social, and corporate governance. Each category has sub-categories that define it.
- Green Building / Smart Growth
- Climate Change / Carbon
- Clean Technology
- Pollution / Toxics
- Sustainable Natural Resources / Agriculture
- Water Use & Conservation
- Workplace Safety
- Labor Relations
- Workplace Benefits
- Diversity & Anti-Bias Issues
- Community Development
- Avoidance of Tobacco or other harmful products
- Human Rights
- Corporate Political Contributions
- Executive Compensation
- Board Diversity
- Anti-Corruption Policies
- Board Independence
Who are Socially Responsible Investors?
SRI investors are individuals, including average retail investors, to very high net worth individuals and family offices. Institutions, such as universities, foundations, pension funds, nonprofit organizations, and religious institutions. We can guide you through all of the available SRI investing funds and vehicles that match your SRI investing goals.
Socially Responsible Investing Examples
You can include mutual funds in your retirement plan that specialize in seeking companies with good labor and environmental practices.
Some medical facilities exclude investment in tobacco companies.
Identify and develop companies that produce environmental services, create jobs in low-income areas, or provide other societal benefits.
Public Pension Plan Officials
Encourage companies in which they invest to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and factor climate change into their planning.