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Shareholder Values

 
"64% of those polled were interested in investing, or
investing more money, in SRI fund options; and 22%
said they were very interested."
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TIAA-CREF Asset
    Management
(USA)
    November 2014

"Canadian investors are generally favourable towards SRI. A third (32%) said they are 'very' or 'somewhat' interested. [Another] 55 per cent indicated that they would consider SRI if the return was 'as good or better' than other investments... The majority of investors surveyed view SRIs as 'futuristic' (78%) and 'a win-win for the individual and society' (77%)."
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(Canada) October 2011

"78 per cent of UK investors are more likely to invest in a company with ethical practices, and 64 per cent are planning to invest in ethical funds in the next few years."
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TD Direct Investing
   
(UK) October 2014

 

Ethical Investing: Investor & Advisor Education

Note: For investors and advisors interested in learning about ethical investing, socially responsible investing, and spiritual or environmental investing, we have our own Ethical Investing Workshops and on-line Ethical Investing Services.

Useful information can be gained from the following websites. However, be alert to their biases. Most are privately funded.

Canadian Fund Watch
(Canada) "This web site is dedicated to investment fund investor education and protection. The multi-billion fund industry plays a key role in the savings and retirement plans of millions of Canadians. Many industry practices provide beartraps for the unsuspecting investor and securities regulations have not kept up with the pace of change in the industry.."

Investopedia.com
For investing terms and short web-based courses on investing.

Investor Watchdog
(USA) "We provide free tools and data to investors who use the services of the four types of financial professionals: Financial Planners, Financial Advisors, Money Managers, Registered Representatives, and Insurance Agents. Our tools help investors select new advisors, monitor current advisors, and replace under-performing advisors."

Journal of Environmental Investing (JEI)
(USA) "The JEI is disciplinary, open access publication featuring critical, vetted information relating to the current environmental investing imperative. The JEI presents research papers, commentaries, case studies, and reviews on manifold topics. It continues to focus the critical issues of creating, deploying, financing, structuring, and managing successful market-based solutions to the environmental challenges of the day."

Small Investor Protection Association SIPA
(Canada) "SIPA is a voice for small investors and advocates for the interests of investors by making submissions and presentations to governments and regulators."

The Financial Pipeline
(USA) Offers financial education and understanding.

The Investment FAQ
(USA) "This site answers many frequently asked questions about investments and personal finance."

Advisor Education

RI Academy
(Global) "The RI Academy program provides a comprehensive curriculum in responsible investing. The curriculum covers various environmental, social and corporate governance factors and their investment relevance. The curriculum is comprised of several pathways depending on the level of required specialisation."

UKSIF
(UK) "UKSIF, along with eight other European organisations including France’s Novethic and FNG – the German, Austrian and Swiss Sustainable Investment Forum, is currently working on a European Commission funded project to deliver a SRI training course for financial advisers."

USSIF Foundation
(USA) "Fundamentals of Sustainable and Responsible Investment, developed by experts in the field, provides a unique blend of instruction and scenario learning that explains how to talk about SRI with clients, incorporate SRI into investment portfolios and understand the latest trends and research."

 

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