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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
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    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

 

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) &
Alternative (Better) Economic And Social Indices For Our Times

Canadian Sustainability Indicators Network (CSIN)
(Canada) "The CSIN is a place for Canadian sustainability indicator and reporting practitioners to exchange ideas, data, and methods and to circulate announcements."

Canadian Index of Wellbeing
(Canada) "As useful a tool as it is, GDP only tells us about our economic productivity, assuming that all growth is good when in fact, spending on crime or natural disasters contributes to productivity. Further, GDP tells us nothing about our people, our environment, our democracy, or other aspects of life that matter to Canadians."

Ethical Markets Quality of Life Indicators
(USA) "The Ethical Markets Quality of Life Indicators, originally the Calvert-Henderson Quality of Life Indicators and first published in 2000 in book format, are the result of an extensive six-year study by a multi-disciplinary group of practitioners and scholars from government agencies, for-profit firms, and nonprofit organizations who see the need for more practical and sophisticated metrics of societal conditions."

Happy Planet Index
(UK) "The Happy Planet Index is an innovative new measure that shows the ecological efficiency with which human well-being is delivered around the world... Created by Friends of the Earth."

Inclusive Wealth Index
(Global) "The Inclusive Wealth Index, first launched at the Rio +20 conference, presented to states a way of measuring their wealth, growth, and societal progress in more inclusive and sustainable ways. A unique initiative of United Nations University International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (UNU-IHDP), and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Index was created to complement the GDP by introducing the impact and value of ‘Inclusive Wealth’: Natural Capital, Human Capital, and Produced Capital."

Legatum Prosperity Index
(Global) "The Legatum Prosperity Index is an annual ranking, developed by the Legatum Institute, of 142 countries. The ranking is based on a variety of factors including wealth, economic growth and quality of life."

National Accounts of Well Being
(UK) "In contrast to the conventional narrow focus on economic indicators, it [National Accounts of Well-being] calls for governments to directly and regularly measure people’s subjective well-being: their experiences, feelings and perceptions of how their lives are going, as a new way of assessing societal progress."

Social Progress Index
(Global) "The Social Progress Index is an aggregate index of 54 social and environmental indicators that capture three dimensions of social progress: Basic Human Needs, Foundations of Wellbeing, and Opportunity. The Index measures social progress strictly using outcomes of success, not how much effort a country makes. For example, how much a country spends on healthcare is much less important than the health and wellness actually achieved by that country, which is what we are measuring."

State of the USA
(USA) "The nonprofit, nonpartisan State of the USA is preparing - in concert with the National Academy of Sciences - to support a Key National Indicator System by publishing a free website to provide every American with a single place to track progress across a range of national concerns, as determined by independent polling and research as well as expert and public input."

UN Human Development Index (HDI)
(Global) "The HDI is a summary measure of average achievement in key dimensions of human development: a long and healthy life, being knowledgeable and have a decent standard of living. The HDI is the geometric mean of normalized indices for each of the three dimensions."

Discussion sites

Beyond GDP
(Europe) "The Beyond GDP initiative is about developing indicators that are as clear and appealing as GDP, but more inclusive of environmental and social aspects of progress. Economic indicators such as GDP were never designed to be comprehensive measures of prosperity and well-being. We need adequate indicators to address global challenges of the 21st century such as climate change, poverty, resource depletion, health and quality of life."

Famous quote on the inadequacies of GDP
"Gross national [or domestic] product measures neither the health of our children, the quality of their education, nor the joy of their play. It measures neither the beauty of our poetry, nor the strength of our marriages. It is indifferent to the decency of our factories and the safety of our streets alike. It measures neither our wisdom nor our learning, neither our wit nor our courage, neither our compassion nor our devotion to country. It measures everything in short, except that which makes life worth living, and it can tell us everything about our country except those things which make us proud to be part of it." -
- Robert Kennedy 1968
 

 

 

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