Knowledge Bank on Socially Responsible and Ethical investing (SRI)

1st January 1999

MM Articles:

SRI: Water shortage a significant threat for China's economic growth

SRI: High oil prices make strong case for investing in renewable energy


This ethical investments guide from Ethics For Us is a good starting point for anyone who wants to know more about ethical investing, published by a ‘team of ethusiasts'. It's not updated all that frequently, but is a good resource.

UKSIF is the membership network for sustainable and responsible financial services. It promotes responsible investment "and other forms of finance that support sustainable economic development, enhance quality of life and safeguard the environment". A useful site because its aims to balance the views of individual investors and institutional investors.

If it's pension planning you want to add to your green portfolio, take a look at the UKSIF Sustainable Pensions Project, which encourages occupational pension funds to adopt more sustainable and responsible investment strategies.

The United Nations-backed Principles for Responsible Investment Initiative (PRI) is a network of international investors working together to put the six Principles for Responsible Investment into practice.

The Principles have been devised by the investment community to reflect the view that environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) issues can affect the performance of investment portfolios and therefore must be given appropriate consideration by investors. The Principles provide a voluntary framework by which all investors can incorporate ESG issues into their decision-making.

The FTSE4Good Index Series has been designed to measure the performance of companies that meet globally recognised corporate responsibility standards, and to facilitate investment in those companies.

Green Biz is a US site that calls itself the Business Voice of the Green Economy. It links to the BSR which has a wealth of information about ethical and sustainable investing

The BSR conference page gives you the latest thinking from academics and experts.

The Sustainability Forum is a good resource for relevant discussion, daily news and opinion covering a wide range of sustainability topics.

The Social Investment Forum is another US outfit that is worth a look. It's aimed at professionals, firms, institutions and organisations engaged in socially responsible and sustainable investing

Appropedia is a Wikipedia style page that runs through key areas/issues for ethical investors, from avoidance screening to affirmative screening and shareholder activism

Social Funds claims to be the largest personal finance site devoted to socially responsible investing

Investopedia is another Wikipedia style site

The Corporate Social Responsibility Newswire claims to give you access to news, reports, events and background information on corporate social responsibility and sustainability on a global scale. It's very US-centric, but the issues are, more often than not, global      

Interactive Investor has a dedicated SRI section.  Peter Temple's model portfolio are worth a look and elsewhere the site has a smattering of news on ethical investing

This newswire from Ekos Communications aggregates news from worldwide sources


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