Books - Ethical
Below is a select list of books that not only
imbibe the spirit of Investing for the Soul, but also are highly
informative and inspirational. The titles are linked to booksellers
(mostly Amazon.com) where they may be purchased. Investing for the Soul
receives commissions on some book sales.
These titles are ranked approximately by release date.
Faithful Investing: The Power of Decisive Action and
Incremental Change, by James W. Murphy, Church Pub
"Faithful Investing provides
thoughtful insights and practical guidance from experts
who daily navigate the multifaceted labyrinth of
faith-based investing. The variety of approaches will
assure congregations, organizations, and individuals at
all levels of expertise and understanding that there are
ways to synergize their resources and their heart-felt
desires as followers of Jesus in ways that witness to
the local, national, and global communities of which we
are a part." -- Marcia Shetler, Executive
Director/CEO Ecumenical Stewardship Center.
You Are The Change: A Beginner's Guide To Socially
Responsible Investing, by Stephan Kerby, New Sphere
Publishing LLC, 2019.
"This guide is a worthwhile
read for any investor regardless of income level,
religion, or political affiliation. The strategies
presented in these pages are versatile and broadly
applicable in the movement toward greater social
responsibility. Here is where financial security meets
The Ethical Investor’s Handbook: How to Grow Your Money
Without Wrecking the Earth, by Morten Strange,
Marshall Cavendish International (Asia) Pte Ltd., 2019.
“Strange is articulate, has a great sense of
understanding of the subject and a good turn of phrase,
combined with the financial rigour, to tackle one of the
key challenges facing investors who are not convinced by
climate change ... I would thoroughly recommend this
book!”— Lawrence Gosling Editor-in-chief,
Investing for Good: Increasing your personal well-being
while changing the world, by Mark Mobius, Carlos von
Hardenberg, and Greg Konieczny. Bloomsbury Business
"But how do individuals--rather than
institutional investors--invest using ESG criteria? And
just how complex are the procedures? This new book,
written by investment guru Mark Mobius and his expert
team, is full of entertaining and informative anecdotes
from the authors’ day-to-day experiences in the world of
Responsible Investing: An Introduction to Environmental,
Social, and Governance Investments, by Matthew W.
Sherwood and Julia Pollard, Routledge 2018.
textbook provides the first holistic resource on
Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) investing
for undergraduate and graduate programs. It provides a
thorough background and history of ESG investing, as
well as cutting-edge industry developments, in a way
that introduces the reader to the rapidly developing
field of responsible investing."
Biblically Responsible Investing: For God’s Glory And
Your Joy, by Robert Netzly, Amazon Digital Services
"Christians around the world are
investing billions of dollars to support biblical values
for God’s glory and their joy within a movement called
Biblically Responsible Investing (BRI). Hear firsthand
from one of the leading voices in the BRI movement about
the exciting impact being felt on Wall Street, in
corporate America, in families and churches all over the
Low-Carbon Investing: Defending the Climate/Emphasizing
Performance, by Patrick Costello, GreenWorld
"This book is for people who
understand that carbon emissions are driving the
dangerous phenomenon of global warming, and who wish to
do their part in mitigating this risk by lowering the
carbon footprint of their investments - without
sacrificing investment performance."
Stranded Assets: Developments in Finance and Investment,
by Ben Caldecott and Achim Steiner, Routledge 2018.
"Taken as a whole, this book provides some of the
latest thinking on how stranded assets are relevant to
investor strategy and decision-making, as well as those
seeking to understand and influence financial
institutions. This book was originally published as a
special issue of the Journal of Sustainable Finance and
Go Long: Why Long-Term Thinking Is Your Best Short-Term
Strategy, by Dennis Carey, Brian Dumaine, Michael
Useem, and Rodney Zemmel, Wharton Digital Press 2018.
"For anyone who is concerned about the importance of
forcing longer-term objectives into a public company
short-term mindset and who wants to learn more about
some of the heroes of this effort, this book is a
godsend. Indeed, it should be mandatory reading for the
CEOs and boards of all public companies.”—David M.
Rubenstein, Co-Founder & Co-Executive Chairman, The
Sustainable Responsible Impact Investing Made Easy 2018:
a Practical Guide for the socially conscious investor
(SRI Made Easy), by Bill Holliday, Amazon Digital
Services LLC 2018.
"This is meant to be a
practical guide. The goal is to help make SRI a
reasonable option... This eBook focuses on investors and
financial advisors. Although I will briefly address
individual stocks and alternative investments, I will
primarily focus on mutual funds, exchange traded funds,
and community investing opportunities."
Conscious Investing: Practitioners’ views on holistic
investing approaches that benefit people and the planet,
by Christin ter Braak-Forstinger, Harriman House 2017.
"Now is the time to rethink growth and radically
change the way of investing in order to save the planet.
With her book Conscious Investing, Christin ter
Braak-Forstinger provides a comprehensive guide for the
societal shift towards sustainability."—Dr. Franz
Fischler, President of the European Forum Alpbach.
Sustainable Investing: Revolutions in theory and
practice, by Cary Krosinsky and Sophie Purdom,
"As we make the vital
sustainability and low carbon transition, we are finally
moving from persuading to doing, from testing to
investing. This book gives a great guide to the reasons
change is needed, the methods, tools and ideas to make
that change, plus all the latest thinking that goes
along with that."—Dave Gorman, Director of Social
Responsibility and Sustainability, Responsible
Investment lead, University of Edinburgh, UK.
The Responsible Investor Handbook: Mobilizing Workers’
Capital for a Sustainable World, by Thomas Croft and
Annie Malhotra, Greenleaf, 2016.
of environmental, social and governance issues in
investment processes is self-evidently an integral part
of how investors deliver on their fiduciary duties...
The Responsible Investor Handbook is not only a call to
action but it provides pension fund trustees with the
knowledge and skills they need to deliver on their
fiduciary duties in the 21st century."—Will Martindale,
Head of Policy, Principles for Responsible Investment.
The Routledge Handbook of Responsible Investment, by Tessa Hebb,
James P. Hawley, Andreas G.F. Hoepner, Agnes L. Neher, David Wood,
"Comprehensive and very timely, this handbook provides helpful
insight and analysis on the geographical reach and significance of what
is becoming a global movement in responsible and sustainable
investment."—Colin Melvin, Chief Executive Officer, Hermes
Investment Management, UK.
Investing with Impact: Why Finance is a Force for Good, by Jeremy
Balkin, Bibliomotion 2015.
"Jeremy′s work is inspiring and important and speaks to the potential
of a generation ready to change the world. He is a role model for young
people eager to find new and innovative ways to make a difference.”—Lynn
Schusterman, co-chair of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family
Making Money Matter: Impact Investing to Change the World, by G.
Benjamin Bingham, Prospecta Press, 2015.
"Ben Bingham is one of a small band of pioneer asset managers who
brings in a long-term, whole systems view. This book belongs on every
investor′s shelf.”—Dr. Hazel Henderson, author, Mapping the Global
Transition to the Solar Age, President, Ethical Markets Media (USA &
Impact Investment: A Practical Guide to Investment Process and Social
Impact Analysis, by Keith A. Allman, Wiley Finance 2015.
"A detailed guide which is a ’must read ’ for new and seasoned
investors as well as those seeking investments to support
entrepreneurial, social, and environmental ventures that aim to generate
financial returns. The manual describes every step of a rigorous
investment journey – from investment analysis and valuation, to
preparation of a term sheet, to closing the deal and post-investment
monitoring and exit. In that sense, it is a primer for anyone wishing to
understand what a thorough financial investment process looks like,
whether an investor or an entrepreneur seeking investment."—Pamela
Hartigan, Director, Skoll Centre for Social
Entrepreneurship, Saïd Business School, University of
Heaven’s Bankers: Inside the Hidden World of Islamic Finance, by
Harris Irfan, Overlook Books 2015.
"Harris Irfan is one of the world′s leading Islamic finance bankers.
He is the founder and managing partner of Cordoba Capital, an
independent Islamic finance advisory firm, and was formerly global head
of Islamic finance at the Barclays Group. Before working at Barclays, he
was a co-founder of Deutsche Bank′s world-leading Islamic finance team.
He has represented various institutions to media organizations such as
the BBC, CNBC, Bloomberg, Reuters and the Financial Times."—Book description.
The Resilient Investor: A Plan for Your Life, Not Just Your Money,
by Hal Brill, Michael Kramer, Christopher Peck with Jim Cummings,
Berrett-Koehler Publishers 2015
"To survive and thrive in an uncertain future means being
resilient—in every sense of the word. That’s easy to say, hard to do.
The Resilient Investor [shows] not just what resiliency means to a
financial investor but also how it relates to the investments we make
every day in our families, our communities, and ourselves.”—Joel
Makower, Executive Editor, GreenBiz.com, and author of Strategies for
the Green Economy.
The Power of Impact Investing: Putting Markets to Work for Profit and
Global Good, by Judith Rodin and Margot Brandenburg, Wharton Digital
"In The Power of Impact Investing, Judith Rodin and Margot
Brandenburg demonstrate that impact investing has the power to provide
sustainable solutions to the world′s toughest problems. In addition to
laying out the landscape of opportunity for different types of
investors, they tell stories of impact investors who are creating social
impact and of enterprises benefiting from the partnership. Both Judith
and Margot′s voices are critical to this emerging field.”—Jacqueline
Novogratz, CEO & Founder, Acumen
Low Fee Vegan Investing, Taking veganism to the next level, by Tom
Nowak, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2014.
"This book contains guidance for investing from a vegan perspective.
Although the general area of sustainable investing has grown
significantly in recent years, no mutual funds (low-cost or otherwise)
exist to help vegans bring their investment dollars in alignment with
their values. Vegans, vegetarians and meatless-Monday investors should
find this book helpful."—Book description.
Invest, Feel Good, Make a Difference: Breaking the Myths about
Sustainable and Responsible Investing, by Richard Essex, CreateSpace
Independent Publishing Platform, 2014.
"Richard Essex has been an Independent Financial Adviser for over 20
years. In particular he has considerable expertise in the area of
socially responsible and sustainable investing, and sits on the steering
committee of the Ethical Investment Association. Richard is passionate
about protecting the environment we live in, and has been involved in
many projects, including setting up a recycling scheme for businesses in
his local area. His main passion is to encourage people to invest in a
healthier environment."—Book description.
Confessions of Ethical Investing, by Kassia Klinger, 2014.
"With wry humour Klinger tells a very personal tale. There is a golden
thread in the narrative ... Klinger′s intersection with a larger story –
the growth of ethical investment ... The writer is ultimately
optimistic, believing that one can ‘do-well′ by ‘doing-good′.—Dr Simon
Longstaff AO, St James Ethics Centre, Australia.
The Short Guide to Sustainable Investing, by Cary Krosinsky, Do
"This concise guide by one of the sector’s leading experts: •
Disentangles the terminology around SRI and describes a new, positive,
opportunities -oriented paradigm for sustainable investing • Showcases
funds and strategies that are delivering outperformance within
ecological limits • Sets out the key megatrends and scenarios which
investors need to consider, and • Offers a practical guide to
constructing a sustainable portfolio. This is absolutely essential
reading for investors, fund managers and analysts who need to get up to
speed on sustainable investing."—Book description.
Looking Forward, Looking Back, by Lloyd Kurtz, Tilburg University
"SRI-expert Lloyd Kurtz provides a succinct overview of relevant
research over the last couple of decades. The author′s unrivalled work
and achievements in the domain of socially responsible investing allows
him to bridge the gap between science and practice, making this E-book a
must-have for researchers, investors and business practitioners and
policy makers. This guide bundles articles on studies and books which
have been published on FSinsight."—Book description.
Conscious Money: Living, Creating, and Investing with Your Values for a
Sustainable New Prosperity, by Patricia Aburdene, Atria Books/Beyond
"Conscious Money does for individuals what Conscious Capitalism did
for corporations: it articulates a simple, brilliant framework for
achieving sustainable financial results, while espousing the highest
ideals. Read it, get inspired, and prosper.”—John Mackey, co-CEO and
co-founder of Whole Foods Market.
Low Fee Socially Responsible Investing – Investing in your worldview on
your terms, by Tom Nowak, CreateSpace Independent Publishing
"This book contains guidance on how to build a customized stock
portfolio that reflects your worldview. The portfolio can be
constructed, implemented and maintained inexpensively with a minimum of
professional assistance. In a world where investment returns are less
certain, lower investment fees are more and more important for the
and Ethics in Finance: Innovative ideas from the Robin Cosgrove Prize,
eds. Carol Cosgrove-Sacks and Paul H. Dembinski, Globethics Publications
(2012) Free download.
"It is important to note that the prize was launched before the topic
of ethics in finance became fashionable... The aim is to prompt a shift
in thinking throughout the world of finance the fresh ideas submitted
for the prize have global relevance. The twenty-three essays in this
volume come from young researchers on six continents; their innovative
ideas will contribute to future-oriented ethical solutions."
Evolutions in Sustainable Investing: Strategies, Funds and Thought
Leadership, by Cary Krosinsky, Nick Robins, Stephen Viederman, Wiley
"A genuinely comprehensive account...a clear road map for beginners
and experienced investment practitioners alike."—Ethical
Dilemmas in Responsible Investment, by Celine Louche and Steven D.
Lydenberg, Greenleaf Publishing 2011.
"Through its focus on responsible investment in practice, Dilemmas in
Responsible Investment is, I believe, one of the most profound and
important books that has been written on the subject of responsible
investment."—Rory Sullivan, Senior Research Fellow at the University
of Leeds, England.
Corporate Governance Failures: The Role of Institutional Investors in
the Global Financial Crisis, by James P. Hawley, Shyam J. Kamath,
and Andrew T. Williams, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011.
"Corporate governance, the internal policies and leadership that
guide the actions of corporations, played a major part in the recent
global financial crisis... the performance of large, supposedly
sophisticated institutional investors in this crisis has gone for the
most part unexamined. [This book] exposes the misdeeds and lapses of...
institutional investors leading up to the recent economic meltdown."—Book
Impact Investing: Transforming How We Make Money While Making a
Difference, by Antony Bugg-Levine and Jed Emerson, Jossey-Bass 2011.
"My experience with eBay demonstrated that you can do well by doing
good. Impact Investing explores this important idea and provides many
examples of the social impact that a for-profit business can ignite."—Pierre
Omidyar, founder and chairman, eBay; founding partner, Omidyar Network,
Ethics and Socially Responsible Investment: A Philosophical Approach,
by Bill Ransome and Charles Sampford,
Ashgate Publishing 2011.
"This book offers an eloquent and accessible philosophic argument for
SRI. The authors demonstrate the potential benefits of SRI and use the
global financial crisis and climate change to illustrate the dire costs
of a single value approach to investing."—Joanne
B. Ciulla, University of Richmond, USA.
Socially Responsible Investment in a Global Environment, by Hung-Gay
Fung, Sheryl A. Law, and Jot Yau, Edward Elgar Pub 2011. (This is an e-book.
"The authors have done an excellent job explaining the development
and practice of Socially Responsible Investment (SRI)... this book
provides important guide to students and professionals who are
interested in the effects and implications of SRI. This book is truly
informative and should be on the reading list of all fund managers and
CFOs of international corporations which are serious about CSR."—Louis
T.W. Cheng, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China.
What Investors Really Want: Know What Drives Investor Behavior and Make
Smarter Financial Decisions, Meir Statman, McGraw-Hill 2010.
"We all share behavioural traits that are major roadblocks to
intelligent financial decisions. Bottom line: if you really want to
achieve investment success, understand yourself and eliminate or
minimize these traits. This book will help you do exactly that."—John
C. Bogle, Founder, Vanguard Funds.
The HIP Investor: Make Bigger Profits by Building a Better World, by
R. Paul Herman, Wiley 2010.
"HIP methodology ... is designed for more attractive profits and
positive human, social, and environmental impact. Based on comprehensive
research of the S&P 500, HIP assesses and values measurable results over
well-intentioned policies and philosophies, and shows how
higher-performing companies can deliver both human impact and profit for
shareholders. This HIP approach is shown to outperform the financial
returns of the S&P benchmark in both up and down markets."—Book description.
Islamic Finance in the Global Economy: Second Edition, Revised and
Updated, by Ibrahim Warde, Edinburgh University Press 2010.
"A forthright and scholarly survey of a subject that deserves the
attention of both international bankers and area specialists who are
interested in Islamic culture of political economy ... It offers a
much-needed introduction to a highly complex set of economic, cultural,
and political phenomena."—Book description.
Socially Responsible Investment in a Global Environment, by Hung-Gay
Fung, Sheryl A. Law, and Jot Yau, Edward Elgar Pub 2010.
"The authors have done an excellent job explaining the development
and practice of Socially Responsible Investment (SRI). Under the recent
recognition of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Asia and its
strong emphasis by US and European corporations, this book provides
important guidance to students and professionals who are interested in
the effects and implications of SRI. This book is truly informative and
should be on the reading list of all fund managers and CFOs of
international corporations which are serious about CSR."—Louis T.W.
Cheng, Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
Good Returns: Making Money by Morally Responsible Investing, by
George P. Schwartz and William J. Koshelnyk, Schwartz Investment Council
“This book about the history and operations of the Ave Maria Mutual
Funds has many lessons. Among them is that faith-based investing from a
Catholic perspective can produce good results.”—Larry Kudlow, host,
CNBC’s The Kudlow Report.
The Conscious Investor, by John Price, Wiley 2010.
"The Conscious Investor covers each of the main methods used to
calculate value or return in the stock market, along with descriptions
of how and when to use them, as well as their strengths and weaknesses.
Interspersed throughout the methods are the timeless investment
principles of Benjamin Graham and Warren Buffett." The last chapter
specifically covers ethical investing.—Book description.
Rediscovering Values on Wall Street, Main Street, and Your Street,
by Jim Wallis, Howard Books 2010.
"Agree or disagree -- Jim Wallis touches your heart, stretches your
mind, and challenges your values. He thunders like an Old Testament
prophet, yet he is gentle and gracious. With a heart for people and a
dream for a better tomorrow, Jim Wallis looks tough times in the eye and
talks of hope."—Leith Anderson, President of National Association of
Green Investing: A Guide to Making Money through Environment-Friendly
Stocks, by Jack Uldrich, Adams Media; 2 edition 2010.
"In this revised and updated edition of his essential guide to
environmental stocks, financial consultant and contributor to The Motley
Fool Jack Uldrich provides a roadmap to socially responsible riches.
Profiling 100 leading green companies, he also zeroes in on the newest
investment options in renewables--from solar and wind power to green
building and fuel cells."—Book description.
The Green Investing Handbook: A Detailed Investment Guide To The
Technologies And Companies Involved In The Sustainability Revolution,
by Nick Hanna, Harriman House 2010.
"The book delivers both demystifying explanations of the intricate
technology at the heart of the green revolution, as well as providing
comprehensive investment insight. It is designed to help the investor to
make better-informed decisions when engaging with these complex,
innovative and rapidly growing industries. And it does so whether you
are interested in investing through equities, direct investment or
funds. The ten sectors covered in depth are: Solar power; Wind power;
Marine energy; Geothermal; Power storage; Smart grids; Hydrogen and fuel
cells; Green transport; Green buildings; and, Waste and energy
The Green Light on Green Stocks: A Quick Guide to Green Investing and
Making Money in Alternative Energy Stocks, by Fred Fuld III,
"This book is a quick guide to all the various green investing
sectors including solar, wind energy, cogeneration, wave power, tidal
power, electric cars, methane power, geothermal, fuel cells, ethanol
(biofuels), geothermal, and flywheels."—Book description.
Socially Responsible Investing, by Donald Schepers, Routledge 2010.
"The first to comprehensively analyze SRI, Schepers’ text is a
must-read for Masters and MBA students studying corporate governance,
business ethics, and finance/investment."—Book description.
Environmental Alpha: Institutional Investors and Climate Change, by
Angelo Calvello, Wiley 2009.
"Environmental Alpha provides institutional investors with the
comprehensive framework they need to assess the risks and investment
opportunities tied to climate change."—Book description.
Investment Opportunities for a Low Carbon World, by Will Oulton, GMB
"... an extremely timely and valuable resource for the increasing
number of investors looking to understand and invest in the
environmental technologies of tomorrow"—Winston Hickox Chair, FTSE
Environmental Technology Advisory Committee.
The Faith-Based Investor: Growing, Protecting, Sharing Wealth in
Uncertain Economic Times, by Jay Peroni, FBM Publishing 2009.
"Inside these easy to read pages are... An amazing money formula that
takes into account your purpose, your passion and therefore your money
performance... Moral investing vs. Socially Responsible investing...the
real difference and how it affects your personal investing choices."—Book description.
Socially Responsible Investment, by Peer Osthoff, Logos 2009.
"This thesis consists of three essays on socially responsible
investing... The three essays investigate whether socially responsible
investing differs from conventional investing with regard to ethical
standards, investment behavior, and performance."—Book description.
Socially Responsible Investing For Dummies, by Ann C. Logue, For
"This practical, hands-on guide to smart social investing shows you
how to maximize your profits while remaining true to your values. You
get expert advice in targeting an issue you’re passionate about,
researching potential investments, and putting your socially responsible
choices into action."—Back cover.
Billion Dollar Green: Profit from the Eco Revolution, by Tobin
Smith, Wiley 2008.
"Toby Smith has the rare ability to put his finger on the hottest
trends in the marketplace while cutting through the clutter to decide if
the trends are investable—or simply more noise."—Adam Lashinsky,
Senior Writer, Fortune magazine.
Investing in a Sustainable World: Why GREEN Is the New Color of Money on
Wall Street, by Matthew J. Kiernan, AMACON 2008.
"Investing in a Sustainable World offers clear proof, through
facts, figures, and hard documentation, that ’going green’ leads
directly to better stock market performance...and that investors and
companies who ignore it will, in fact, lose money."—Book description.
Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms,
and Fertility Mattered, by Woody Tasch, Chelsea Green Publishing
"I have great hope that sustainable, locally based food systems will
help us all in more ways than we imagine. Slow Money can play a huge
role in doing this and Woody′s book is an inspiration to all of us
working in sustainable agriculture. I can′t wait to live in a world
supported by Slow Money.”—Tom Stearns, President, High Mowing
Clean Money: Picking Winners in the Green Tech Boom, by John Rubino,
"Clean Money presents a series of investment strategies for building
your own portfolio of clean-tech stocks, while helping to minimize the
risks that always accompany markets with extraordinary upside
Sustainable Investing: The Art of Long Term Performance, by Cary
Krosinsky and Nick Robins, Earthscan Publications Ltd. 2008
"This is the essential insider guide for thoughtful investors, fund
managers, business leaders and consultants seeking to lead the front end
of the sustainability curve for both superior returns and a positive
constructive future in this new era of climate and global environmental
Investing in Renewable Energy: Making Money on Green Chip Stocks, by
Jeff Siegel, Chris Nelder and Nick Hodge, Wiley 2008.
"With this book, you’ll discover various renewable energy
technologies that are at the forefront of transitioning our energy
economy, and learn how to profit from next-generation renewable energy
projects and companies that are poised to take over where fossil fuels
will leave off."—Book description.
Investing for Change: Profit from Responsible Investment, by
Augustin Landier and Vinay B. Nair, Oxford University Press (USA) 2008.
"This is a must-read for anyone interested in SRI [socially
responsible investing]. The authors are experts in the field and
understand all the technicalities, and at the same time write lucidly
and entertainingly. They make a compelling case that SRI is a phenomenon
that will be central to capital markets in the next decade."—Geoffrey
Heal, Columbia Business School.
Compelling Returns: A Practical Guide to Socially Responsible Investing,
by Scott J. Budde, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2008.
"As Mr. Budde points out, by understanding investment options, and
carefully planning investments, socially responsible investors can
achieve competitive investment returns. It is an essential guide for
anyone who wants to employ the SRI approach to investing."—Denise
L. Nappier, Connecticut State Treasurer.
Green Investing: A Guide to Making Money Through Environment Friendly
Stocks, by Jack Uldrich, Adams Media Corporation 2008.
"In Green Investing, Jack Uldrich profiles 100 of the world’s leading
green companies and offers readers a model portfolio for investing in
clean, sustainable products. This book offers: Guidelines for smart
investing; long- and short-term trends in green investing; the bullish
and bearish aspects of each investment; a sample portfolio of green
Socially Responsible Investment Law: Regulating the Unseen Polluters,
by Benjamin J Richardson, Oxford University Press 2008.
"Building an economic system that is socially, economically and
environmentally sustainable is the central ethical imperative of the
21st century. Benjamin Richardson argues that SRI has a central role to
play in achieving that objective. This is a carefully reasoned and
persuasive discussion that everyone concerned with the role of financial
markets in encouraging sustainable development will want to read."—Wesley Cragg, Schulich School of Business, York University, Canada.
Pensions at Work: Socially Responsible Investment of Union-Based Pension
Funds, by Jack Quarter, Isla Carmichael, and Sherida Ryan,
University of Toronto Press, 2008.
"Pensions at Work is a unique collection of papers that uses a labour
perspective to deal with the socially responsible investment of pension
funds. Featuring leading Canadian and international scholars, it builds
on existing scholarship on socially responsible investment and on the
growing interest of the Canadian labour movement in joint trusteeship."—Book description.
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Socially Responsible Investing, by Ken
Little, Alpha 2008.
"... questions and more are answered by an international expert who
founded the SRI World Group, one of the largest information services on
SRI. Includes detailed information about SRI, its history and where it′s
headed; explains the criteria used to evaluate a company′s level of
social responsibility; compares performance of SRI to traditional
The Blue Way: How to Profit by Investing in a Better World, by
Daniel de Faro Adamson and Joe Andrew, Simon & Schuster 2007.
"The Blue Index-the companies in the S&P 500 that are socially
responsible and have also supported Democratic candidates over the last
five election cycles-outperform the market by nearly 20%, and outperform
red S&P 500 companies by 23%, they assert."—Publishers Weekly.
This book is certainly politically controversial, but does make a good
case for socially responsible and ethical investing.
Developments in Interest-Free Banking, by Mohammad Mansoor Khan, M.
Ishaq Bhatti, Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Banking and Financial
"Explores the theoretical and practical features, recent developments
and future prospects of interest-free banking, illustrated by a detailed
analysis of the past twenty-five years of the interest-free banking
movement in Pakistan (1980-2005)."—Book description.
The Ethical Investor, by Anne-Marie Spagnolo, Penguin Books
"This ground-breaking book explains how you can put your money where
your heart is and still make healthy profits. Investing ethically allows
you to reap personal and financial rewards and help influence change as
well. It covers all aspects of this complex topic."—Book
Description. Primarily for an Australian audience.
Pension Revolution: A Solution to the Pensions Crisis, by Keith P.
Ambachtsheer, Wiley 2007.
"Retirement plans are a critical part of both the social systems and
the financial systems of the free world. They are failing on both
counts. Turning failure to success will be no mean task, and there is no
better place to begin than Pension Revolution. It demands your
attention."—Jack Bogle, Founder and Former CEO, The Vanguard Group,
Faithful Finances 101: From the Poverty of Fear and Greed to the Riches of Spiritual Investing, by Gary Moore, Templeton Foundation Press
"Moore explains that spiritual investing connects the soul of
theology, the mind of economics, and the heart of politics, freeing the
spirit for ’balanced riches’ that benefit not only individuals but the
Global Profit and Global Justice, by Deb Abbey, New Society
"Global Profit AND Global Justice shows how you can use your money
creatively to change the world for the better." Deb Abbey is the founder
and CEO of Real Assets Investment Management, Canada, who focus
exclusively on Social Investing.
The New Capitalists: How Citizen Investors Are Reshaping the Corporate
Agenda, by Stephen Davis, Jon
Lukomnik and David Pitt-Watson, Harvard Business School Press 2006.
"A groundbreaking work, a new generation’s extension of ’The Unseen
Revolution,’ Drucker’s revolutionary 1976 book that predicted the
influence of pension funds on corporations."—Pensions &
Pension Fund Politics: The Dangers of Socially Responsible Investing,
by Jon Entine, AEI Press 2005.
"This book shows that pension funds and mutual funds that screen
investments according to social and ethical preferences frequently harm
those people and causes (for example, the poor and the environment) that
they are designed to help."—Book description.
Profitable Socially Responsible Investing? An Institutional Investor’s Guide, by Marc J Lane, Institutional Investor 2005.
"Marc Lane’s book covers the breadth of socially responsible investing
in a refreshing and accessible format for institutional investors and
’civilians’ alike," says Mindy S. Lubber, President of Ceres.
The SRI Advantage: Why Socially Responsible Investing Has Outperformed Financially, by Peter Camejo, New Society Publishers 2002.
"...presents overwhelming evidence that SRI has outperformed
financially, explains in detail why SRI outperforms, and then examines
the implications for investment professionals, investors, pension funds,
and community/nonprofit groups."—Book description.
Socially Responsible Investing: Making a Difference and Making Money, by Amy Domini, Kaplan Business 2000.
"...The way you invest can contribute not only to your bottom line but
also to a just and fair society. In Socially Responsible Investing,
Amy Domini, the movement’s pioneer and the name behind the Domini 400
Social Index, shows you how."—Book description.
Investing with Your Values: Making money & making a difference, by Hal Brill et all, New
Society Publishers 2000.
Hal Brill is one of the great pioneers of socially
responsible investing, and this book offers a comprehensive guide to it
in the United States.
Socially Responsible Investment: A Global Revolution, by Russell
Sparkes, John Wiley & Sons 2002.
"This is the first book to look at socially responsible investment from
the perspective of the institutional investor, who will be led through
the complex dilemmas of socially responsible investment with practical
examples and advice."—Book description.
The Essential Buffet: Timeless Principles for the New Economy, by Robert G. Hagstrom, John Wiley &
Mr. Hagstrom delves into the great basic investing
principles of Warren Buffet, who many regard as the most successful
investor alive today.
The Ethical Investor: A Guide to Socially Responsible Investing in Canada, by David Skinner, Stoddart 2001.
Mr. Skinner offers a fine overview of socially responsible investing for
Canadian investors. (This book may be difficult to find, but is
available in some Canadian libraries.)