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Below is a select list of articles that not only imbibe the spirit of Investing for the Soul, but also are highly informative and inspirational. Click on category that interests you:

Ethical Investing

EIRIS research points to biodiversity risk for investors, by Daniel Brooksbank, December 20, 2010, Responsible Investor, UK.

Brave New World: Investors and Nanotechnology, by Stephanie LeNguyen, Jantzi-Sustainalytics, Canada.

The Ethical and Non Ethical Mutual Funds Comparison, by Rosa Adamo, Angela Coscarelli, Domenica Federico and Antonella Notte, American Journal of Economics and Business Administration, Volume 2, Issue 4, USA.

Carbon footprints, performance and risk of US equity mutual funds, November 29, 2010, Trucost, UK. (Registration required, which is free, to view study.)

Report: Socially Responsible Investing Assets in US Top $3 Trillion; Nearly 1 Out of Every 8 Dollars Under Professional Management, press release, November 9, 2010, Social Investment Form, USA.

European RI market doubles to €5 trillion in 2 years, despite crisis: Eurosif survey, by Hugh Wheelan, October 13, 2010, Responsible Investor, UK.

Sustainability draws the wealthy, by Sophia Grene, September 5, 2010, The Financial Times, UK.

Socially responsible mutual fund cuts out 'too-big-to-fail' banks, by Becky Yerak, July 14, 2010, The Chicago Tribune, USA.

A Tale of Values-Driven and Profit-Seeking Social Investors, by Jeroen Derwall, Kees Koedijk, and Jenke Ter Horst, July 13, 2010, School of Economics and Management, Tilburg University, The Netherlands.

Study Finds ESG Delivers Financial Benefit, by risklab. See study: E.S.G. Risk Factors in a Portfolio Context. A good discussion on the results can be seen at: Quant study shows significant, long-term ESG risk reduction and return boost, by Hugh Wheelan, March 24, 2010, Responsible Investor, UK.

How to Read a Corporate Social Responsibility Report: A user’s guide, January 26, 2010, Boston College Center for Corporate Social Responsibility, USA.

Performance of Social Investment Forum Member Mutual Funds as of December 31, 2009, media release, January 21, 2009, USA.

Taking stock: how leading stock exchanges are addressing ESG issues and the role they can play in enhancing ESG disclosure, November 2009, EIRIS, UK.

Ethical Finance: Does Britain Care? November 28, 2009, Ipsos MORI /EIRIS, UK.

Role of Stock Exchanges on Corporate ESG Disclosure Gains Traction, by Robert Kropp, November 4, 2009, SocialFunds, USA.

SEC reverses position on environmental and social shareholder resolutions, by Daniel Brooksbank, November 1, 2009, Responsible Investor, UK.

Best Practices in Responsible Investment for Canadian Pension Funds, and Education and Training on Responsible Investing for Canadian Foundations and Endowments: An Inventory and Needs Analysis, November 2009, Social Investment Organization, Canada.

87% of IFAs advise on ethical investments, by Nicole Blackmore, October 30, 2009, Money Marketing, UK.

Most portfolio managers shun their own funds, by Dan Jamieson, October 25, 2009, Investment News, USA.

Many Foundations to Increase Commitment to Mission Investing, press release, October 22, 2009, Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship, USA.

New Study Finds That Investors Gain 2.5% a Year by Investing in Sin Stocks, press release, October 21, 2009, NYU Stern, USA.

Sovereign funds to boost ethical investing and SWFs and ethical investing: serving multitude of objectives, by Natsuko Waki, October 5, 2009, Reuters, UK.

Investors Climate Change Toolkit, which helps investors integrate climate change factors into their investing decisions. Climate Change Compass: The road to Copenhagen, August 2009, EIRIS, UK.

Sustainable Investing In Emerging Markets (July 2009), July 2009, International Finance Corporation, USA.

Investing In Corporate Governance: Maximizing Governance Alpha, by Ric Marshall, The Corporate Library, USA.

Carbon Risks in UK Equity Funds, July 2009, Trucost/ WWF/Mercer, UK.

Responsible Investing: a paradigm shift, from niche to mainstream, July 2009, Robeco/Booz & Company, USA.

Fiduciary responsibility: legal and practical aspects of integrating environmental, social and governance issues into institutional investment, July 2009, UNEP Finance Initiative, Switzerland.

Soc Gen named best European sustainability research house for 2009: full Thomson Extel rankings, by Hugh Wheelan, June 18, 2009, Responsible Investor, UK.

Jantzi-Macleans 50 Most Socially Responsible Corporations, June 18, 2009, Macleans.ca, Canada.

Interest in SRI rises four fold, by Shveta Pathak, June 8, 2009, Business24/7, United Arab Emirates.

US carbon cap and trade could wipe out some US companies future earnings: report, by Barry B. Burr, June 3, 2009, Responsible Investor, UK.

Investors Moving To Fee-Only Advisers During Crisis, by Murray Coleman, May 5, 2009, IndexUniverse.com, USA.

"Green" Winners, A. T. Kearney, USA.

"Carbon footprints" of top U.S. mutual funds revealed in groundbreaking Trucost report, press release, April 8, 2009, Trucost, USA.

Sustainable Investing Fund Is Launched in Africa, by Robert Kropp, April 15, 2009, SocialFunds, USA.

Financial sector lagging badly on ESG – EIRIS, April 23, 2009, Environmental Finance, UK. To see actual study, click here.

EDHEC: No alpha from SRI funds for Europeans, by Barry B. Burr, March 9, 2009, Pensions & Investments, USA.S&P U.S. Carbon Efficient Index, March 9, 2009, Standard & Poor's, USA.

Christian Brothers Investment Services Announces Results of New Catholic SRI Survey, press release, March 9, 2009, Christian Brothers Investment Services, USA.

Goal of New Index Series Is to Advance Gender Equality, by Robert Kropp, March 11, 2009, Social Funds, USA.

2009 Responsible Investing Guide, February 2009, Corporate Knights, Canada.

Three simple steps to improve sell-side broker research, by Hugh Wheelan, January 19, 2009, Responsible Investor, UK. To download actual report click Sell side research, three modest reform proposals, by Michael Mainelli, Jamie Stevenson and Raj Thamotheram.

Analysis: untried courts test Malaysia's Islamic finance appeal, by Y-Sing Liau, December 19, 2008, Reuters news posted on Exeltra Management blog, Hong Kong.

‘SRI funds not outperforming,’ by Sophie Grene, December 14, 2008, Financial Times, UK.

U.S. Interest in Shariah Finance Opens Dangerous Doors, Critics Say, November 13, 2008, Fox News, USA.

Green investing proves a winning strategy - study, by Martin de Sa'Pinto, November 13, 2008, Reuters, Switzerland.

ESG improvements, but ‘striking’ disparity between best and worst UK managers: FairPensions, by Hugh Wheelan, November 10, 2008, Responsible Investor, UK. Click here for asset managers rankings. And for the FairPensions Investor Responsibility report, UK.

Thomson Reuters Extel names Europe’s best SRI research and fund management houses, November 6, 2008, by Hugh Wheelan, Responsible Investor, UK.

Responsible investment 17.5% of the European funds industry, October 1, 2008, CSR Europe, Belgium.

Political views affect firms' corporate social responsibility, September 17, 2008, Source: Wiley, published in PHYSORG.com, USA.

New era for sustainable investing, by Sophia Grene, August 31, 2008, Financial Times, UK.

Environmental, Social and Governance: Moving to Mainstream Investing? August 20, 2008, Business for Social Responsibility, USA.

The Renaissance Green IPO Index, Renaissance Capital, USA.

ESG to be one of six major investment trends in next five years: Watson Wyatt, by Hugh Wheelan, July 31, 2008, Responsible Investor, UK.

SB20: The World's Top Sustainable Business Stocks, July 25, 2008, SustainableBusiness.com, USA.

Know what you own. Investors can screen US mutual funds on issues that are important to them. Calvert Funds, USA.

China plans 1st "socially responsible" mutual fund, reporting by Charlie Zhu; Editing by Edmund Klamann, March 11, 2008, Reuters, China.

UKSIF and REA launch FiNeSse, February 29, 2008, UK.

Board connections and mutual fund returns, by Lauren Cohen, Andrea Frazzini, and Christopher Malloy, National Bureau of Economic research, USA.

Imitate or Differentiate? Evaluating the validity of corporate social responsibility ratings, by Aaron K. Chatterji, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University and David I. I. Levine, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley. USA.

Ethical funds' exposure not so green, by Tom Stevenson, February 6, 2008, The Daily Telegraph, UK.

Corporate Knights Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations Announced in Davos, January 23, 2008, Corporate Knights Magazine, Canada.

100 Best Corporate Citizens 2007, January, 2008, CRO Magazine, USA.

The EIRIS Green & Ethical Funds Directory, January, 2008, EIRIS, UK.

Investors Against Genocide, USA.

Regarding Environmental Sustainability & Social Performance in Business

Hard to tell whether CSR has a positive effect on profitability or not, by Cristiana Manescu, December 6, 2010, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Gov. Schwarzenegger Signs Legislation to Combat Human Trafficking, press release, September 30, 2010, Office of the Governor, California, USA.

New Legal Protections for Social Entrepreneurs, by John Tozzi, April 22, 2010, Bloomberg/Businessweek, USA.

Global Stakeholder Influence Examined in New Boston College Report, press release, November 19, 2009, Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship, USA.

BMW and Toyota Create Most 'Sustainable Value,' Report Finds; GM, Fiat Among Laggers, November 2, 2009, GreenBiz, Ireland.

EIRIS: North American Companies Catching up on Climate Change, press release, October 27, 2009, EIRIS, UK. For a good review of the report, see Are North American Companies Improving Their Climate Change Performance? By Robert Kropp, October 27, 2009, SocialFunds.com, USA.

Damning report into online sustainability reporting, by Jo Confino, October 22, 2009, The Guardian, UK.

Stanford Professor Receives 2009 Moskowitz Prize, by Robert Kropp, October 28, 2009, SocialFunds, USA.

9 companies bag social responsibility awards, October 20, 2009, ExpressBuzz, India.

Disney and Microsoft Top List of 50 U.S. Companies Recognized as Leaders in Corporate Social Responsibility, October 15, 2009, press release, Boston College, USA.

Steelcase and Whirlpool Emerge as Sector Climate Leaders, September 30, 2009, ClimateBiz, USA.

America's 10 Greenest Brands? By Marc Gunther, September 29, 2009, GreenBiz, USA.

Best Global Brands 2009, September 28, 2009, Business Week, USA.

2009 Green Rankings - Newsweek.com, September 21, 2009, USA. For a good insight into how the date was determined and compiled, see Joel Makower's commentary at GreenBiz.

ESG equals fiduciary duty, says IPE survey, by Nina Röhrbein, September 18, 2009, IPE, Europe.

China is leaving the U.S. in the dust as it surges ahead on clean energy, by Terry Tamminen, September 17, 2009, GRIST, USA.

First-Ever Survey Shows Emerging Market Banks Growing Interest in Climate Change, press release, September 17, 2009, Reuters, USA.

Bank Sarasin’s Sustainability ratings 2009 for car manufacturers: Toyota and Peugeot lead the field, September 16, 2009, Bank Sarasin, Switzerland.

Corporate Responsibility (CR) Index, BITC, UK.

Despite Record Growth, Only a Tiny Fraction of Firms Report on Sustainability, July 16, 2009, GreenBiz, Netherlands.

Quantifying Labor and Human Rights Portfolio Risk, by Aaron Bernstein, June 2009, The Labor & Worklife Program at Harvard Business School, USA.

Damage to Ecosystems Can Lead to Financial Losses and Reputational Risks for Companies, by Robert Kropp, June 10, 2009, SocialFunds.com, USA.

Companies Show Little Awareness of Climate Change Risks, Report Finds, GreenBiz, USA.

Ivey/Jantzi research report shows CSR trending upwards, press release, May 13, 2009, Richard Ivey School of Business and Jantzi Research,

GE Wins Award for Best Sustainability Reporting, April 10, 2009, Environmental Leader, USA.

2009 World’s Most Ethical Companies, April 2009, Ethisphere, USA.

EDF Maps 1,200 Companies Poised to Benefit from Climate Laws, March 2, 2009, GreenBiz.com, USA.

A Review of ESG Practices in Large Emerging Market Companies, March 2009, SIRAN, USA.

100 Best Corporate Citizens 2009, March 9, 2009, CRO Magazine, USA.

Insurance Regulators Adopt Climate Change Risk Disclosure, March 17, 2009, press release, National Association of Insurance Commissioners, USA. Also, Insurers Must Reveal Climate Change Risks, March 19, 2009, ClimateBiz, USA.

The 100 Top Green IT Companies, February 27, 2009, Uptime Institute press release on lohas.com, USA.

Covalence Ethical Ranking 2008, January 2009, Covalence SA, Geneva, Switzerland.

Factory Labour Standards in Emerging Markets: An Investor Perspective, January 2009, by F&C Investments. Courtesy of Responsible Investor, UK.

U.S. research offers chance to address nanotechnology social, ethical concerns, January 27, 2008, Nanowerk, USA. To see the comprehensive new report on this subject, click Nanotechnology: the social and ethical issues, by Ronald Sandler, USA.

Mandatory CSR Reporting for Denmark's Largest Companies, January 8, 2009, Greenbiz.com, Denmark.

IBM, Tesco and Dell Receive Top Scores in First-Ever Ranking of Consumer & Tech Companies on Climate Change Strategies, December 11, 2008, Ceres, USA.

Research Review: Corporate Governance in Emerging Markets: An Investor's Roadmap, December 2008, F&C Investments, UK.

Institutional Investors’ Perspective on their Responsibility for Corporate ESG Policies, December 2008, Novethic/BNP Paribas, France.

Announcing Canada's 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures(TM), 2008, November 19, 2008, CSRWire, Canada.

The Observer Good Companies Guide, by Ruth Sunderland, November 16, 2008, The Observer, UK. (On list, go to her November 16, 2008, articles.)

10 most 'accountable' big companies, November 14, 2008, FORTUNE, USA.

Report Finds That Most Corporations Fail to Address Risks That Threaten Long-Term Profitability, November 12, 2008, by Robert Kropp, SocialFunds, USA. For actual report: The State of Responsible Business in 2008: Implications for PRI signatories, October 2008, EIRIS, UK.

Guide to greener electronics, November 2008, Greenpeace.

EPA Climate Leaders Now 200 Partners Strong, Eight Companies Establish New Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goals, press release, July 24, 2008, Environmental Protection Agency, USA.

Sustainable Development in the Mining and Minerals Sector: the Case for Partnership at Local, National and Global Levels, by Kathryn McPhail, ICMM. For an overview of the paper see: The Dutch Curse of Mining, by Jack Caldwell, June 23, 2008, Mining and Resources, USA.

10 Worst Corporate Polluters, by Harry Hurt III, March 2008, Conde Nast Portfolio, USA.

Launch of OASIS The FIRST U.S. ORGANIC standard for the BEAUTY AND personal care industry, press release, March 5, 2008, Natural Newswire, USA.

Execs won over by business case for sustainable investment, by Sarah Griffiths, February 14, 2008, BusinessGreen, USA.

Corporate social responsibility increases company value, February 11, 2008, Innovations Report, Germany.

Studies Deem Biofuels a Greenhouse Threat, by Elisabeth Rosenthal, February 8, 2008, The New York Times, USA.

Banks Take Steps Addressing Climate Change but Long Road Ahead: Report, January 11, 2008, GreenBiz.com, USA.

Corporate social responsibility - Looking five years forward and back, by Mallan Baker, January 7, 2008, Ethical Corporation, UK.

Concerning Economic Measurement & Economics

Happy growth in a Buddhist economy, by Jeffrey D Sachs, August 28, 2010, TODAYonline, USA.

What’s Wrong with the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) as a Measure of Progress, by Redefining Progress, U.S.A.

Contents of the Genuine Progress Indicator, by Redefining Progress, U.S.A.
The Genuine Progress Indicator attempts to portray more accurately than the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) measure, the true economic and social welfare of society.

Index of Sustainable Economic Welfare (ISEW) by Friends of the Earth, UK.

Spiritually Related & Spirituality Information
--Investment/Business Related

World's first ETF for Christians from Deutsche Bank, by Cara Waters, December 13, 2010, Financial Times, UK.

Islamic finance sector to touch $1.5tn by 2012, says Al-Aboodi, by Mahmood Rafique, November 25, 2010, Arab News, Saudi Arabia.

GETTING PERSONAL CANADA: Virtue May Now Trump Vice, by Monica Gutschi, August 11, 2010, The Wall Street Journal, USA.

The Impact of Faith-Based Screens on Investment Performance, by Esmeralda O. Lyn and Edward J. Zychowicz of the Frank G. Zarb School of Business, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY, USA.

New guidance to help more charity trustees invest responsibly, EIRIS Foundation and Charity Finance Directors' Group (CFDG), UK.

Vatican backs new equities index, by Phil Craig, April 26, 2010, Financial News, UK.

A new study reveals that U.S. companies are less likely to accept financial risks when they are based in communities where religion is important, by David Villano, March 7, 2010, Miller-McCune, USA.

Faith-Based Investors Press Dozens of Top Companies to Say if U.S. Chamber of Commerce Speaks for Them in Opposing Health Care Reform, press release, November 10, 2009,  Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, USA.

Church of England's new mission: to save hedge funds -Times Online by Ruth Gledhill, October 7, 2009, Timesonline, UK. Also see Hindus & Jews denounce Church of England for blessing hedge funds, October 8, 2009, Punjab Newsline, India.

Six in 10 Americans Want Religion in Business, July 17, 2009, MC Marketing Charts, USA.

Faith in Capitalism Conference in London's Central Mosque, press release, June 17, 2009, 3iG, UK.

The American Dream is now simpler, by John Zogby, December 30, 2008, Ener Pub, USA.

Investment and Engaging with Companies: A Guide for Faith Communities, July 23, 2008, The Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility (ECCR), UK.

Indian index has a religious edge, by Raja M, January 23, 2008, Asia Times, Hong Kong.

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