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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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    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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(UK) June 2015

 

Organizations Associated With Ethical Investing & Socially Responsible Investing (SRI)

AfricaSIF
(South Africa) "Africa Sustainable Investment Forum [AfricaSIF] is a network, knowledgebase and advocate for sustainable investment in Africa."

Arabesque S-Ray™
(Global) "Through machine learning and big data, Arabesque S-Ray™ systematically combines over 200 environmental, social and governance (ESG) metrics with news signals from over 50,000 sources across 15 languages. It is the first tool of its kind to rate companies on the normative principles of the United Nations Global Compact: Human Rights, Labour Rights, the Environment, and Anti-Corruption (GC Score). Additionally, Arabesque S-Ray™ provides an industry-specific assessment of companies’ performance on financially material sustainability criteria (ESG Score).

Association for Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia
(Hong Kong) "The Association for Responsible Investment in Asia is a not-for-profit membership association dedicated to promoting socially responsible investment (SRI) in Asia."

Blue & Green Investor
(UK) "Blue & Green Investor is primarily aimed at UK investors and advisers and provides a variety of news, opinion and knowledge provided by experts in the thematic, environmental and ethical investment fund industry. We also have a comprehensive fund library where you can filter, analyse up to the minute performance and favourite funds."

Charity SRI
(UK) Charity SRI is aimed at encouraging charities in "Responsible Investment... aligning investments with mission and incorporating social, environmental and ethical issues into investments."

Climate Bond Initiative
(UK) "The Climate Bonds Initiative is an international, investor-focused not-for-profit. It's the only organisation in the world focusing on mobilizing the $100 trillion bond market for climate change solutions."

Climetrics
(Europe) "Climetrics is the world’s first fund rating which enables investors to integrate climate impact into their investment decisions. Covering equity funds and ETFs in Europe worth €2.5 trillion."

Corporate Critic
(UK) "The Corporate Critic indexes and rates the Corporate Social Responsibility records of over 50,000 companies."

CorporateRegister.com
(UK) "The CorporateRegister.com is the world's largest online directory of corporate non-financial reports. These include Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), sustainability, environmental and social reports."

Decarbonizer
(Global) "Created by Corporate Knights and powered by carbon data from South Pole Group , the Clean Capitalist Decarbonizer is a free interactive tool that shows the financial implications of divesting high carbon companies in favour of those that derive at least 20% of their revenues from environmental markets or new energy."

Dutch Association of Investors for Sustainable Development  (VBDO)
(Netherlands) "The Dutch Association of Investors for Sustainable Development (VBDO) works to create a sustainable capital market, a market that considers not only financial criteria but also non-financial, social and environmental criteria."

EnvironmentStocks.com
(USA) "EnvironmentStocks.com is an investor and industry news portal for the environmental and socially responsible investing sector."

Environmental Finance
(UK) "Environmental-Finance.com is an online news and analysis service established in 1999 to report on sustainable investment, green finance and the people and companies active in environmental markets."

Ethex
(UK) "Ethex aims to make ethical investment easy to understand and easy to do. It aims to offer the services, information and support you need to put small amounts of money into businesses that bring true benefit to society. We want to reconnect people with their money and support them in investing in what they believe."

EIRIS
(UK) "EIRIS is a global leader in the provision of environmental, social, governance (ESG) research for responsible investors."

Ethical Performance
(UK) Ethical Performance: "... the global independent business newsletter on corporate social responsibility and socially responsible investment."

Ethical Screening
(UK) "Ethical Screening's services enable individuals, charities and trusts with concerns about the sort of activities their investments are funding and profiting from, to invest their money according to their principles."

Ethiquette
(Canada) "Ethiquette, a new, independent, interactive, educational Web platform dedicated to responsible investment (RI)."

Eurosif
(Belgium) "Eurosif is the leading non-for-profit pan-European sustainable and responsible investment (SRI) membership organisation whose mission is to promote sustainability through European financial markets."

Forum Nachhaltige Geldanlagen e. V. 
(Germany) "Forum Nachhaltige Geldanlagen (FNG), founded in 2001, is the industry association promoting sustainable investment in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. It has over 150 corporate members, including banks, investment management companies, insurance companies, rating agencies, investment companies, asset managers, financial advisers and NGOs, and around 30 individual members."

Forum ETHIBEL
(Belgium)" Forum ETHIBEL develops a framework and tools to stimulate socially responsible investing and corporate social responsibility."

Fund Ecomarket
(UK) "By bringing together information about the many different, but often complimentary, ‘sustainable, responsible and ethical investment (SRI)’ strategies we aim to make ‘SRI’ options easier to research, understand, compare, and advise clients on."

GES Investment Services
(Sweden, UK, Denmark, Poland and Switzerland) "On behalf of investors we engage with hundreds of global companies annually on environmental, social and governance issues in order to achieve corporate change and better investments."

Global 100
(Canada) "The Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World is an annual project initiated by Corporate Knights, the magazine for clean capitalism."

Global Impact Investing Network
(USA) "The Global Impact Investing Network (GINN) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to increasing the effectiveness of impact investing. Impact investments aim to solve social or environmental challenges while generating financial profit."

GMI Ratings (Subsidiary of MSCI)
(Global) "GMI Ratings provides global research coverage of the environmental, social, governance and accounting-related risks affecting the performance of public companies."

GreenBiz
(USA) "GreenBiz provides intelligent, focused content on business, technology and sustainability for people from every industry and discipline. Since 1991, GreenBiz has chronicled and been a catalyst for thought leadership in aligning environmental responsibility with profitable business practices."

Green Money Journal
(USA) "The GreenMoney Journal encourages and promotes the awareness of socially & environmentally responsible business, investing and consumer resources in publications & online."

Groupe Investissement Responsable
(Canada) "GIR guides its clients through the environmental, social and corporate-governance issues that affect public companies. It also offers a wide array of services including proxy-voting services, research and business consulting."

ImpactBase
(USA) "ImpactBase is the searchable, online database of impact investment funds and products designed for investors."

Inflection Point Capital Management
(USA/Canada) "Inflection Point Capital Management: the world’s first multi-strategy asset management advisory boutique offering exclusively sustainability-enhanced investment products across a broad range of asset classes."

Initiative for Responsible Investment, Harvard University
(USA) "The Initiative for Responsible Investment was founded to provide institutional support for catalytic activity for responsible investment, broadly construed, with a strong focus on creating a foundation of research activity around the field."

Institute for the Fiduciary Standard
(USA) "The Institute is a nonprofit formed in 2011 to benefit investors and society through its research, education and advocacy of the fiduciary standard’s importance to investors, our capital markets and economy."

Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS)
(Global) "Bringing nearly three decades of experience & global scale, ISS provides industry-leadingsolutions to institutional investors, corporations and governance practitioners."

International Association of Investors in the Social Economy
(Belgiuim) "INAISE (the International Association of Investors in the Social Economy) is a global network of socially and environmentally oriented financial institutions... Through INAISE, social investors from all over the world have been joining forces to exchange experience, disseminate information and show that money can actually used to achieve positive social and environmental change."

International Shari’ah Research Academy for Islamic Finance
(Malaysia) "The International Shari’ah Research Academy for Islamic Finance, more commonly known by its acronym, ISRA, has been established to promote applied research in the area of Shari'ah and Islamic finance."

Investor Responsibility Research Institute
(USA) "We are dedicated to funding objective research focused on corporate governance and responsibility. Our research is broadly available to investors, policymakers, and interested stakeholders to help foster informed, fact-based decisions."

Investors Against Genocide
(USA) "Investors Against Genocide is a non-profit organization dedicated to convincing mutual fund and other investment firms to change their investing strategy so as to avoid complicity in genocide."

Japan for Sustainability
(Japan) "Japan for Sustainability (JFS) is a non-profit group that provides information from Japan to add to momentum here and around the world toward a truly happy and sustainable future."

Kayema Investment Research and Analysis
(Israel) "Kayema Investments Ltd. is a leading provider of clean technology investment and management solutions. The key to our success is our ability to understand global market trends and identify strategic locations and partnerships. Kayema was founded in 2005 and has offices in the Middle East and Africa."

Libra Information Services
(Canada) "Libra is a team of professional library and knowledge management specialists who help organizations add value to their knowledge assets."

MSCI
(Global) "MSCI is a leading provider of investment decision support tools to over 6,000 clients worldwide, ranging from large pension plans to boutique hedge funds. We offer a range of products and services - including indexes, portfolio risk and performance analytics, and ESG data and research - from a number of internationally recognized brands such as Barra, RiskMetrics and IPD."

Ownership Transparency
(Global) Ownership transparency is revealing who ultimately owns, controls or benefits from a company. This person(s) is sometimes described as the 'beneficial owner'. Beneficial owners can be masked through complex structures including layers of anonymous shell companies, trusts, foundations, bearer shares, or chains of third parties, who act on their behalf."

RiBH - The Sharia Finance Portal
(Ummah) "RIBH is an independent portal about Sharia Compliant Finance."

Responsible Endowments Coalition (REC)
(USA) "The Responsible Endowments Coalition (REC) works with students, alumni, and other university stakeholders to make endowments a force for positive social, environmental, and economic change."

Responsible Investment Association
(Canada) “The RIA is Canada’s membership association for Responsible Investment (RI). Members include mutual fund companies, financial institutions, asset management firms, advisors, consultants, investment research firms, asset owners, individual investors and others interested in RI.”

Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA)
(Australasia) "The RIAA is the peak industry body representing responsible and ethical investors across Australia and New Zealand. RIAA has over 150 members who manage more than $500 billion in assets under management, including super funds, fund managers, consultants, researchers, brokers, impact investors, property managers, community banks, community trusts, religious groups, financial advisers and individuals."

Responsible Investment Research Association (RIRA)
(India) "RIRA will aim to build dialogue on responsible investment and environmental, social and governance (ESG) mainstreaming in the region."

SHARE
(Canada) "SHARE will advance responsible investment by encouraging and assisting asset owners to maximize long-term financial returns by promoting good corporate governance, respect for human rights, vibrant communities and a healthy environment."

SIRIS - Sustainable Investment Research Institute P/L
(Australia) "The SIRIS is a dedicated, specialised ESG research group, providing investment research and analysis of corporate sustainability and governance risks and opportunities."

SocialFinance.ca
(Canada) "SocialFinance.ca is a program of the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing. We are proud to be a leading online community and information hub for social finance and impact investing in Canada."

Social Funds
(USA) "SocialFunds.com features over 10,000 pages of information on SRI mutual funds, community investments, corporate research, shareowner actions, and daily social investment news."

SolAbility
(South Korea) "The aim of SolAbility's ESG services is to increase value for Asset Management companies through identification of companies that achieve superior financial returns through sustainability management."

SRI Studies
(USA) "The site covers studies of corporate social responsibility, socially responsible investing, and sustainable investing up until the 2010-2011 timeframe."

SRI Connect
(UK) "SRI-CONNECT will create an on-line marketplace of ideas that will enhance relationships between all SRI industry participants and make sustainability factors a fundamental part of investment decision-making."

SRI Style Finder
(UK) "The purpose of this microsite is to introduce ‘Sustainable & Responsible Investment’ options to individual investors… and help you to identify your own best fit ’SRI Style(s)’."

Sustainalytics
(Global)"Sustainalytics is a global leader in sustainability research and analysis, serving investors and financial institutions around the world. Our international perspective is strengthened by 20 years of local experience and expertise in the Responsible Investment (RI) and Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) markets."

Transition Pathway Initiative
(Global) "This toolkit permits the assessment of companies’ quality of GHGs emissions management within a selected sector. Coming soon: an assessment of companies’ carbon performance against benchmarks and peers, within a sector."

Transnationale
(France) "Transnationale provides comprehensive information on more than 12,000 companies around the world. We report social and environmental behaviour..."

UK Social Investment Forum
(UK) "The UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF) is the membership association for sustainable and responsible financial services. We promote responsible investment and other forms of finance that support sustainable economic development, enhance quality of life and safeguard the environment. We also seek to ensure that individual and institutional investors can reflect their values in their investments."

UNEP Finance Initiative
(Global) "Founded in 1992 in the context of the Earth Summit in Rio, and based in Geneva, Switzerland, the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) was established as a platform associating the United Nations and the financial sector globally. The need for this unique United Nations partnership arose from the growing recognition of the links between finance and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) challenges, and the role financial institutions could play for a more sustainable world."

US SIF
(USA) "The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment is the US membership association for professionals, firms, institutions and organizations engaged in sustainable and responsible investing. US SIF and its members advance investment practices that consider environmental, social and corporate governance criteria to generate long-term competitive financial returns and positive societal impact."

VIGEO
(France) "Vigeo was founded in 2002 by Nicole Notat and has established itself as the leading European expert in the assessment of companies and organizations with regard to their practices and performance on environmental, social and governance ('ESG') issues."

Your Ethical Money
(UK) "Learn about how and where your money is invested, search for green and ethical financial products, and find out how you can help make finance more sustainable."

 

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