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"Almost three-quarters of investors (74 percent) would be more likely to work with an advisor who could give them competitive investment returns from investments that also made a positive impact on society and 65 percent of investors would be more likely to stay with an advisor who could discuss responsible investing with them."
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TIAA Global Asset
    Management
(USA)
    May 2016

"The vast majority of Canadian investors are interested in responsible investments (RI) that incorporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, and they would be more likely to choose responsible investments if their financial advisor suggested suitable RI options for them."
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Responsible
    Investment
    Association (RIA)
 
  (Canada)
    June 2017

"70% of people [in UK] want to invest ethically but the financial services industry is failing to respond." Referencing research by Abundance.
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Acquisition
    International
   
(UK) June 2015

 

Organizations Promoting Corporate
Ethical, Social & Environmental Responsibility

Accountability-Central
(USA) "In A-C the editors focus on news, commentary, research, trends, and actions of key players shaping 'accountability' and the impact on individuals, business organizations, public agencies and social institutions."

Avanzi
(Italy) "Avanzi was founded in 1997. Our mission has always been to become an independent and credible player in the field of sustainable development. To achieve our goal we put ethics at heart of our work, and this is why we have been able to build our reputation through our work with businesses, NGO, local governments and even the EU Commission."

B Lab
(Global) "B Lab is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that serves a global movement of entrepreneurs using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. B Lab serves these entrepreneurs through three interrelated initiatives that provide them the legal infrastructure and help them attract the customers, talent, and capital to scale."

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre
(Global) "We work with everyone to advance human rights in business. We track the human rights abuse and advances of companies around the world, and help the vulnerable eradicate abuse."

Business for Social Responsibility
(Global) "Our mission is to work with business to create a just and sustainable world. We envision a world in which everyone can lead a prosperous and dignified life within the boundaries of the Earth’s natural resources."

Business in the Community
(UK) "Business in the Community is the Prince's Responsible Business Network. Our members work together to tackle a wide range of issues that are essential to creating a fairer society and a more sustainable future."

Canada's Top 100 Employers
(Canada) "Canada's Top 100 Employers is an annual editorial competition to recognize the nation's best places to work. Our project aims to identify the companies and organizations that lead their industries in attracting and retaining employees.'"

Canadian Business for Social Responsibility
(Canada) "The premier network in Canada to advance corporate citizenship and sustainability. Access research to issues impacting your business; participate in learning and networking events; and increase visibility for your valuable work."

CBERN
(Canada) "CBERN aims to promote knowledge-sharing and partnerships within the field of business ethics and across private, governmental, voluntary and academic sectors. CBERN also aims to support work from inception to dissemination, from graduate student research and fellowship opportunities to promoting the projects of established professionals."

Carol Adams -- Towards Sustainable Business
(Australia) Publishes leading research and comment concerning sustainable business theory and practice.

Center for Corporate Policy
"USA) "Working to curb corporate abuses and make corporations publicly accountable."

Centre for Excellence in CSR
(Canada) "The Centre for Excellence on Corporate Social Responsibility is being developed by CIM as one of the four pillars of the Canadian government's action plan on CSR... this site will become the hub of knowledge on CSR-related practices and approaches as they apply to the extractive sector."

CERES
(USA) "At Ceres, our mission is to mobilize investor and business leadership to build a thriving, sustainable global economy. Changing capital market practices to incorporate long-term environmental and social risks instead of merely relying on short-term returns as a measure of economic health is a key component of our work."

ChinaCSR.com
(China) "ChinaCSR.com provides news and information devoted to helping corporate social responsibility professionals act on new trends and forge new paths of their own."

CorpGov.net
(USA) "Corporate Governance (CorpGov.net) was founded in 1995 to provide news, commentary and a network for those interested in transforming an arcane subject, discussed at a snail’s pace in academia and by a few dozen practitioners, to a more practical discipline where knowledge is shared and put into practice by investors and corporations at much closer to the speed of light."

Corporate Responsibility Officer (magazine by subscription)
(USA) "The Corporate Responsibility Officer... dedicated to increasing the professional capacity of the newest corporate leadership role—the Corporate Responsibility Officer."

Corporate Watch
(UK) "Corporate Watch undertakes research on the social and environmental impact of large corporations."

CSRHUB
(USA) "CSRHub provides access to corporate social responsibility and sustainability ratings and information on 13,736+ companies from 135 industries in 127 countries. Managers, researchers and activists use CSRHub to benchmark company performance, learn how stakeholders evaluate company CSR practices and seek ways to change the world."

EthicsCentre CA
(Canada) "Our mission is to champion the application of ethical values in the decision-making process of business and other organizations. We operate in a non-judgmental and inclusive way to explore and promote the positive role of ethical decision making. We serve as a forum and catalyst for constructive discussion and debate."

Ethical Company Organisation
(UK) "Since 2001 we have provided ethical research information on 1000s of companies & brands, promoting positive policies and development in three key areas: Human Rights; Environment; and Animal Rights."

Ethical Consumer
(UK) "For over 20 years Ethical Consumer has been the hub of the ethical consumer movement. Our mission is to make global business more sustainable through consumer pressure. We are an independent, not-for-profit, multi-stakeholder co-operative with open membership, founded in 1989 and based in Manchester."

EthicalSystems
(USA) "Ethical Systems bridges research by leaders in academia and the corporate world. We all share the conviction—backed by research—that in the long run, good ethics is good business. We believe that integrity in business can be enhanced by wise leaders who take a systems approach to their organizations and the environments in which they operate. All collaborators participate as a public service, dedicated to a common mission."

EthicScan Canada
(Canada) "Our mission is to help organizations and individuals behave more ethically... We provide a range of original research, management tools, training solutions, and organizational analysis for executives, consumers, investors, civil society organizations, development officers and other stakeholders who want to enhance, benchmark and verify an organization’s ethical standards, integrity practices and socially-responsible behaviour."

EthicsWorld
(USA) "Mission: To disseminate information and strengthen understanding of the critical issues of institutional governance, business ethics and anti-corruption, by reporting on key developments and providing a forum for diverse opinions."

Ethisphere™ Magazine
(USA) "The Ethisphere® Institute is the global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices that fuel corporate character, marketplace trust and business success. We have a deep expertise in measuring and defining core ethics standards using data-driven insights that help companies enhance corporate character."

Executive Pay Watch
(USA) AFL-CIO Union supported website. Reports on executive compensation.

Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI)
(Norway) "The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) is a global Standard to promote openness and accountable management of natural resources. It seeks to strengthen government and company systems, inform public debate, and enhance trust. In each implementing country it is supported by a coalition of governments, companies and civil society working together."

GoodCorporation
(UK) "GoodCorporation is recognised worldwide as one of the leading organisations working in the field of corporate responsibility and business ethics."

Global Alliance for Banking on Values
(USA) "The Global Alliance for Banking on Values is an independent network of banks using finance to deliver sustainable development for unserved people, communities and the environment."

Global Reporting Initiative
(Netherlands) "The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is a leading organization in the sustainability field. GRI promotes the use of sustainability reporting as a way for organizations to become more sustainable and contribute to sustainable development.."

Governance & Accountability Institute
(USA) "The Governance & Accountability Institute, Inc. is a global research, news and trend monitoring, editorial services / publishing, analysis, and advisory [services] organization serving leaders and boards of organizations in the corporate (private), public and social/institutional sectors."

Inrate
(Switzerland) "Inrate is a leading independent sustainability rating agency active in Europe. It is based in Switzerland and has more than 20 years of experience in linking its know-how on sustainability with the financial markets. Our mission is to be an integral part of the global financial infrastructure by providing sustainability intelligence that allows capital markets to redirect investment flows toward a more sustainable economy."

Institute of Business Ethics
(UK) "The Institute of Business Ethics was established in 1986 to encourage high standards of business behaviour based on ethical values.."

Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB)
(UK) "The IHRB is a global centre of excellence and expertise (a think & do tank) on the relationship between business and internationally proclaimed human rights standards."

International Business Ethics Institute (IBEI)
(USA/UK) "The IBEI is a non-profit educational organization that was founded in 1994 in response to the growing need for transnationalism in the field of organizational ethics and integrity. IBEI was the first organization devoted to helping organizations develop truly global ethics and integrity programs."

International Business Standards Organization (IBSO)
(Israel) "Our mission is to support sustainable global development through the strengthening of worldwide economic integration by providing evaluative and ethical standards for public and private institutions and companies actively involved in international trade and finance."

International Council on Mining & Metals (ICMM)
(Global) "ICMM is an international organisation dedicated to a safe, fair and sustainable mining industry. Bringing together 23 mining and metals companies and 33 regional and commodities associations we strengthen environmental and social performance. We serve as a catalyst for change; enhancing mining’s contribution to society."

International Integrated Reporting Committee  (IIRC)
(UK) "The IIRC's remit is to create a globally accepted framework for accounting for sustainability: a framework which brings together financial, environmental, social and governance information in a clear, concise, consistent and comparable format - put briefly, in an 'integrated' format."

Knowmore.org
(USA) "We are a grassroots, web-based community dedicated to chronicling and resisting corporate attacks on democracy, worker's and human rights, fair trade, business ethics and the environment. Our shared goal of a more informed and conscious consumer is being accomplished via this website: a vast database of easily searchable corporate and political info designed to aid responsible citizens, progressive thinkers and activists."

National CSR Awards
(UK) "The inaugural National CSR Awards, founded by Business@Brooklands is designed to celebrate business excellence and innovation within the area of CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility). It is the only one of its kind in the UK; encompassing all areas of CSR including Sustainability, Carbon Footprinting, Community Development, Staff Welfare and Education."

OpenSecrets.org
(USA) Among other things, this site has detailed information of political contributions by companies.

Pensions & Investment Research Consultants Ltd. (PIRC)
(UK) "PIRC is Europe’s largest independent corporate governance and shareholder advisory consultancy with over 25 years experience in providing proxy research services to institutional investors on governance and other ESG issues."

Proxy Monitor
(USA) "ProxyMonitor.org, a website sponsored by the Manhattan Institute's Center for Legal Policy, sheds light on the influence of outside shareholder proposals on publicly traded corporations."

Republic of Mining
(Canada) "Republic Of Mining.com aims to build awareness among the media, the general public and political decision makers about the economic and social benefits of sustainable mining practices in the 21st Century. These benefits include poverty alleviation and employment for First Nations communities and significant tax revenues for governments."

Reputex
(Australia/Hong Kong) "With customers at over 150 of the region’s leading Power, Energy, Metals, Mining, Government and Financials firms, RepuTex is Australia’s largest provider of energy and emissions market analysis."

Sethi International Center for Corporate Accountability, Inc.
(USA) "SICCA is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to making the impact of global business as positive as it can be for shareholders and stakeholders at international, national and local levels. Based at the Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College of The City University of New York."

Singapore Compact for CSR
(Singapore) "The Singapore Compact is a not-for-profit multi-stakeholder and membership-based organisation. The comparatively low annual subscription fee aims to promote CSR in Singapore by encouraging wider participation."

Stewardship Action Council
(USA)"The SAC is about a collaboration of ideas and ideals towards the responsible stewardship of earth’s resources, including natural, ecological, and human... Our members include representatives from the academic, state government, non-governmental, investment and industrial and services sectors."

SustainableBusiness
(USA) "We provide global news and networking services to help green business grow. Rather than covering a slice of the industry, we offer visitors a unique lens on the field as a whole, covering all sectors that impact sustainability: renewable energy/ efficiency, green building, green investing, and organics."

Sustainable Investments Institute
(USA) "The Sustainable Investment Institute (Si2), a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., conducts impartial research and publishes reports on organized efforts to influence corporate behavior on social and environmental issues."

The Corporate Governance and Sustainability International Group CGSIG
(UK) "CGSIG is now associated with the Centre for Governance, Leadership and Global Responsibility, Leeds Metropolitan University. It aims at promoting open discussions, dialogues and debates, and sharing best ideas, values, practices and innovations of corporate governance, responsibility and sustainable development around the world, the ideas, values and practices that are grounded in local contexts and embedded in specific societies, but understood or shared by other communities."

The Natural Step
(USA) "With twenty-five years of experience helping organizations and individuals understand and make meaningful progress toward sustainability, The Natural Step has offices, associates or strategic partners in 13 countries. Through education, dialogue, coaching and advice The Natural Step provides its partners and clients with deep expertise in sustainability, solutions-oriented innovation and transformational change processes."

UK Government's Corporate Social Responsibility website
(UK) "We have an ambitious vision for UK businesses to consider the economic, social and environmental impacts of their activities, wherever they operate in the world."

Verisk Maplecroft
(UK) "Verisk Maplecroft’s unique portfolio of risk analytics, expert country risk research, mapping and risk calculator technology forms a vital part of the risk management processes of multinational companies, financial institutions, governments and NGOs."

We Mean Business Coalition
(Global) "We Mean Business is a coalition of organizations working with thousands of the world’s most influential businesses and investors. These businesses recognize that the transition to a low carbon economy is the only way to secure sustainable economic growth and prosperity for all. To accelerate this transition, we have formed a common platform to amplify the business voice, catalyze bold climate action by all, and promote smart policy frameworks."

World Business Council for Sustainable Development WBCSD
(Global) "WBCSD) is a CEO-led organization of forward-thinking companies that galvanizes the global business community to create a sustainable future for business, society and the environment."

 

 

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