E-newsletter of Investing for the Soul October 30, 2008
Top ethical investing news for October 2008
Links may only be valid a limited time Commentaries by Ron Robins
Renowned Billionaire Investor, Sees Combating
Climate Change & Green Investing As Way Out Of
Global Economic Crises. -
In times like these it is good to have this kind of
support for green investing from one of the world’s
most successful investors. View this short PBS video
and get inspired.
Investment Market To Be Mainstream By 2015, Reaching
15-20% Of Global Assets. -
This is another report saying that investment in
ethical stocks and bonds is likely to grow
significantly in the years ahead. As ethics in
financial markets rises to the forefront of investor
concerns, it is clear that the mainstream investment
industry will have to embrace this trend.
Financial Analyst’s (CFA) Institute Offers ESG
Manual For Investors. -
The manual provides an environmental, social and
governance (ESG) framework for investors analyzing
Reports On US Religious Mutual Funds. -
This is worthwhile reading for ethical investors. It
covers a number of key issues and addresses the
performance of top religious funds.
Canadian Financial Advisors Say Investments
Emphasizing Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG)
Screens Will Become More Popular. -
"... nearly half of all advisors said their
clients had initiated discussions about ESG
investments." This survey by VenGrowth Asset
Management Inc., continues to highlight the growing
investor and advisor interest in funds that screen
for ESG issues.
Canada’s Ethical Funds Posts Survey Results Of Investor Concerns & Actions It Seeks From Affected Companies. - [COMMENTARY] This is not only an interesting survey of what issues most concern Canadian ethical investors with regard to screening criteria, but also Ethical Funds provides the names of the companies it is in discussion with, what they are discussing with them, and how they rate the progress of those discussions. This is useful information for anyone looking for ethical stocks and bonds. To review the press release see: Ethical Funds Unveils 2009 Plan to Engage Major Corporations on Top Investor Concerns, October 22, 2008, on Yahoo, and see their list of companies and engagement activities at: Ethical Funds Focus List 2009. October 2008, Ethical Funds, Canada.
Finance: Its Ethics And Avoidance Of Excessive Risk.
This article makes fascinating reading and provides
insight as to how western finance, especially
securitization, might benefit from the ethics and
risk strategies inherent in Shariah finance.
Securitized securities involving sub-prime
mortgages, etc., are at the heart of the derivatives
College & Reputation Institute Reveal Top 50
Companies That US Public Says Rank Best In Corporate
Social Responsibility (CSR). -
"Google, Campbell Soup, Johnson & Johnson top the
2008 Corporate Social Responsibility Index (CSRI)...
Rounding out the top 10 are: Walt Disney, Kraft
Foods, General Mills, Levi Strauss, UPS, Berkshire
Hathaway and Microsoft." See the report,
discussion, and rankings.
Mutual Funds Online Screening Tool. -
Ethical fund investors in the US might fund this
tool useful. It allows them to compare the different
screens used by most US socially responsible mutual
funds. Please note though, that you have to provide
an email address and name in order to receive the
Book Describes Green Programs At Some 70 North
American Companies, Including Apple, GAP, & Whole
Vault Guide to Green Programs was released
this week. The firm [vault.com] says the book can be
highly useful to anyone considering environmentally
friendly companies." Investors interested in
green-ethical stocks and bonds, might want to see
what’s in this book.
We Need Mandatory Corporate Social
Responsibility (CSR) Reporting.
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