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"Forty-five percent of U.S. households prefer an environmental, social and governance (ESG) approach to investing… Among those between the ages of 30 and 39, this increases to 64%, and for those younger than 30, it is 67%."
-- Cerulli Associates
    October 2018

"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."
-- Responsible
    Association (RIA)
    June 2017

"70% of people [in UK] want to invest ethically but the financial services industry is failing to respond." Referencing research by Abundance.
-- Acquisition
(UK) June 2015



Articles - Editor’s Choice  (2001 - 2007)


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Below is a select list of historical 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

IMCA Journal of Investment Consulting Publishes New Paper on Socially Responsible Investments, November 7, 2007, Marketwire.com, USA.

Ethical Fund comparison | HL’s ethical fund comparison tool, Hargreaves and Lansdown, UK.

First Annual Corporate Knights Ranking of Canadian Cleantech, 2007, Corporate Knights, Canada.

Five religious-based mutual funds that keep the faith, by Murray Coleman, October 28, 2007, MarketWatch, USA.

The Subprime Meltdown and SRI: Engage, Avoid, Predict, by Bill Baue, September 12, 2007, SocialFunds.com, USA.

ETFs for Clean Energy Fans, by Vaughan Scully, August 27, 2007, appeared on Businessweek.com; source Standard & Poor’s, USA.

Investors reap ethical rewards, by Hilary Osborne, August 29, 2007, Guardian Unlimited, UK.

Top 20 companies: Climate change leaders show the way, by Mike Scott, July 26, 2007, Climate Change Corp.com, USA.

Introducing GS SUSTAIN, Goldman Sachs, USA. (Top sustainability companies according to Goldman Sachs.)

The Price of Ethics: Evidence from Socially Responsible Mutual Funds, by Luc Renneboog, Jenke ter Horst, Chendi Zhang, published by the Social Science Research Network.

THOMSON EXTEL AND THE UK SOCIAL INVESTMENT FORUM ANNOUNCE RESULTS OF THE SRI & SUSTAINABILITY SURVEY, June 29, 2007, UK. (Analyzes the ethical investing research capabilities of investment banks and stock-brokerages.)

Socially Responsible Investing With ETFs, by Eleanor Laise, July 8, 2007, The Wall Street Journal online, USA.

DC Plans & SRI in the USA, June 5, 2007, Mercer Investment Consulting, USA.

Green Leaders: A guide to the world’s greenest companies, by Karen Attwood, June 1, 2007, The Independent, UK.

Smart money pours into ethical funds, by Tom Stevenson, May 11, 2007, Telegraph.co.uk., UK.

2007 World’s Most Ethical Companies, May, 2007, Ethisphere Magazine, USA.

Global Warming may affect nearly two thirds of active investors’ investment decisions, March 14, 2007, The Association of Investment Companies, UK.

Canadian Socially Responsible Investment Review 2006, March 2007, Social Investment Organization, Canada. See also, Social investment assets soar, by Tavia Grant, March 22, 2007, The Globe & Mail, Canada.

Reporting on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) by the Largest Listed Companies in Eleven Central and Eastern European (CEE) Countries; Second-Time Comparison with Peers in BRIC and Ukraine, May 8, 2007, CSRwire.com, USA.

SRI screens have little impact on returns: study by Steven Lamb, March 12, 2007, Advisor.ca, Canada.

100 Best [US] Corporate Citizens 2007, by Corporate Responsibility Officer (CRO), February 15, 2007.

The Global 100: Role models in sustainable business practices, by Innovest Strategic Value Advisors, appearing in Business Week, January 29, 2007.

European Oil Companies: ’Climate Change’ is Corporate Social Responsibility Job No. 1’, by www.innovations-report.com January 18, 2007.

F&C Investments (UK) reveals insatiable public appetite for ethical stocks and bonds, January 11, 2007.

Launch of Three New Clean Tech Indexes Culminates Banner Year for Green Investing, by Bill Baue, SocialFunds.com, December 29, 2006.

Institutional Investors in France Foresee Continuing Growth of Socially Responsible Investing - Ethical Investing, by Bill Baue, SocialFunds.com, December 14, 2006.

Eurosif Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) Study reveals a European SRI Market valued at €1 trillion, September 12, 2006.

TIAA-CREF Releases Participant Survey on Socially Responsible Investing, July13, 2006.

SRI (socially responsible - ethical investing) funds enjoying healthy returns, survey concludes, by Doug Watt, Advisor.ca, June 9, 2006.

2006 Guide to Canada’s Socially Responsible Mutual Funds, by Corporate Knights. Discusses how funds rank in performance as well as providing a simple and valuable guide as to each funds screening criteria.

Christian advisors offered certification. Charitable giving, ethical investing, socially responsible investing, emphasized, Today’s Family News, May 24, 2006.

Principles for Responsible Investment, by United Nations Environmental Program Finance Initiative. Endorsed by institutions with over US$2 trillion in assets, April 2006.

New Citizens Advisers Survey Shows Registered Investment Advisors Lag behind Times, press release by Citizens Advisors, April 24, 2006.

Report on Business magazine releases second annual Corporate Social
Responsibility ranking,
(Canada),  February 25, 2006. (Information compiled by Jantzi Research.)

Are socially responsible investors different from conventional investors? A comparison across six countries, by Geoffrey Williams, Associate Professor of Financial Economics, Nottingham University Business School, December 2005.

Fiduciary Duty Redefined to Allow Environmental, Social and Governance Considerations, by William Baue, SRI-advisor.com, November 3, 2005.

Institutional Investors’ Legal Responsibilities on Environmental, Social and Governance Issues (Ethical Investing), press release by the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), October 26, 2005.

Stock Market Values Responsible Companies, Says New Prizewinning Study, by GreenBiz.com, September 29, 2005.

Stock Market Values Responsible Companies, Says New Prizewinning Study, by GreenBiz.com, September 29, 2005.

Investing using a 2,000-year-old strategy, by Michael Swan, The Catholic Register, August 15, 2005.

Moral Investing: How pension education can be an employee benefit. by Ron Robins, HR Professional, April-May, 2005. Discusses the reasons why companies should offer socially and environmentally responsible investing workshops for their employees.

Most investment managers see SRI (Socially Responsible Investing or Ethical Investing) practices becoming mainstream, Mercer Investment Consulting, Press Release, April 7, 2005.

85 Percent of Executives and Investors Surveyed Rank Corporate Responsibility a Central Consideration in Investment Decisions, by Oracle & Economist Intelligence Unit, February 10, 2005.

Why Mainstream Financial Community Still Not Accepting Socially Responsible Investing, by World Economic Forum, January 12, 2005.

Divining the Future of Socially Responsible Investing, October 12, 2005.

Moral Investing: Employers should offer employees workshops on ethical investing for their RRSPs, by Ron Robins, Straight Goods, June 13, 2005.

Al Gore, Former U.S. Vice President, Chairman of new investment firm focused on Environmental, Ethical Investing, November 19, 2004.

Moskowitz Prize Study Links Strong Corporate Social Performance with Financial Results, by William Baue, CSR Wire, October 26, 2004.

Giving small investors a fair chance: reforming the [Canadian] mutual fund industry. An important report by CARP (Canada’s association for the fifty-plus) and the Small Investor Protection Association (SIPA), September 28, 2004. (PDF)

Soul man preaches ’values’ investing, by William Hanley, Financial Post, FP Money, September 11, 2004. An article about Ron Robins and Investing for the Soul. (PDF)

Over 70% of largest socially responsible and ethical investing mutual funds get top marks from Morningstar, Lipper in 2003, Social Investment Forum News Release, January, 27, 2004.

Require Help With Investing - The Unfulfilled Investor, by Ron Robins, FORUM, Social Investment Organization, Canada, P. 9, June 2003.

New Calvert Survey Shows Investors Link Corporate Responsibility With Reduced Risk, Better Returns, November 17, 2003.

Good vibes: socially responsible investing [ethical investing] is gaining fans and clout July 7, 2003.

SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE INVESTING: Corporate governance, disclosure, transparency and our future, Summer, 2003.

Regarding Environmental Sustainability & Social Performance in Business

Free online ethical company monitor is launched, by Helen Warrell, November 14, 2007, Third Sector, UK.

The Six Sins of Greenwashing, November 2007, TerraChoice, USA.

Carbon Beta & Equity Performance: An Empirical Analysis, October 2007, Innovest Strategic Advisors, Canada.

Car makers – who′s the greenest? October 3, 2007, ClimateChangeCorp.com, UK.

The climate change industry takes root, October 31, 2007, Ethical Corporation and ClimateChange.com, UK.

US firms fall behind Europe in ethical standards, says Eiris, by Sean O’Grady, September 15, 2007, The Independent, UK.

Barrick Gold named to Dow Jones Sustainability Index, September, 7, 2007, CNN Money, USA.

Leave Only Footprints: Measuring and Managing Corporate Carbon Emissions, by Bill Baue with Francesca Rheannon, September 4, 2007, SocialFunds.com, USA.

23 Organizations Issue Joint Report Critiquing Wal-Mart′s Sustainability Initiatives, September 6, 2007, Natural Newswire, USA.

Named and shamed: City’s ethical dunces, by Ruth Sunderland, Heather Stewart and Zoe Wood, September 2, 2007, The Observer, UK.

Social Responsibility, May, 2007, International Standards Association.

NRDC Advances Regulation of Nanotechnology to Protect Human Health, May 16, 2007, NRDC, USA.

Value remains main concern of consumers, by James Harding, March 28, 2007, Timesonline, UK.

Sundance Channel Creates Advisory Committee for THE GREEN(TM), presented by Robert Redford. Weekly environmental programming block launches April 17, 2007, PR Newswire, February 15, 2007.

In the War for Talent, Good Companies with Corporate Social Responsibility Policies, Finish First, CSRwire.com, January 21, 2007.

Over 15 million UK shoppers buying ethical Christmas presents, says Friends Provident, December 6, 2006.

Top Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Articles In China For 2006, by Danny Levinson, ChinaCSR.com, December 5, 2006.

Most M.B.A. Students Think Profits and Social Responsibility Can Coexist, Survey Finds, by Katherine Mangan, The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 24, 2006.

Study slams ‘trivial′ corporate social responsibility reports, by Rob Edwards, Environment Editor, Sunday Herald (Scotland), June 25, 2006.

UK companies are becoming more socially and environmentally responsible, but are the public convinced? press release by Soucewire.com, June 17, 2006.

Consumers’ Definition of Socially Responsible Runs Counter to Established Beliefs, KSBI-TV reports on survey by National Consumers League, May 31, 2006.

How to Determine the Top 100 Sustainable Companies in the World, January 28, 2006.

Corporate Watchdog Radio Program helps find best ethical investing stocks to invest in, press release, January 17, 2006.

Business Ethics Magazine Launches Weekly Radio Program On LIME, Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 114, press release, January 9, 2006.

Dramatic Increase in Corporate Responsibility Reporting, states a KPMG Survey, July 1, 2005.

Canada jumps with two-fold increase in Corporate Social Responsibility Reporting, says KPMG Survey, June 15, 2005.

Expectations for Corporate Social Responsibility Rising With Clear Consequences For Not Measuring Up, survey by GlobeScan, sponsored by Hewlett-Packard (Canada) Ltd., April 20, 2005.

ASQ Poll Shows U.S. Companies Lag, but Executives See the Advantage of Using Corporate Social Responsibility, March 08, 2006.

Institutions Urge Insurance Companies To Assess Climate Change Risks, December 1, 2005.

Ethical investing makes more money, August 16, 2005.

Socially responsible investment in Canada up 27 per cent in two years, May 6, 2005.

World Bank Issues Report On Its Environmental, Social Commitments, February 5, 2005.

Social Footprint Masterclass Announced, July 17, 2006.

Top Five Socially Responsible Stories for 2004, January 11, 2005.

MBAs at the Crossroads of Corporate and Nonprofit America, December 3, 2004.

Shareholders Hold Increased Influence in Post-Enron America. Social responsibility corporate goal of activists, July 8, 2004.

How to Determine the Top 100 Sustainable Companies in the World, April 30, 2004.

JP Morgan Chase-environment and importance of corporate governance in the world economy, April, 30, 2004.

Coporations Should Balance Profits with Corporate Social Responsibility, January 9, 2002.

Concerning Economic Measurement & Economics

On the Methodology of ISEW, GPI and Related Measures, by Eric Neumayer, September 2000, Ecological Economics, UK.

Spiritually Related & Spirituality Information

Faiths will use their billions to back ethical business, by November 14, 2007, Ekklesia, UK.

New survey says people think Britain is in moral decline and religion could help, September 7, 2007, Ekklesia, UK.

Can This Black Box See Into the Future?
A global team, coordinated by Princeton University scientists, determine the possible physics of a ’collective consciousness.’ Their ’black box’ has proved remarkably prescient.

The power of nun: taking a lead role in shareholder activism (providing spirituality information), by G. Jeffrey MacDonald, The Christian Science Monitor, February 27, 2006.

ONE PERCENT FOR PEACE - THE REAL WAR ON TERROR - An Interview with John Davies, by Sandra Anderson, Yoga International, June-July, 2005.

America’s 50 Million Cultural Creatives Impact the Marketplace, by Amy Cortese, The New York Times, July 20, 2003.

Imaging CAM: Scientific Investigations Indicate Efficacy of Alternative Medicine, August 4, 2003.

We can′t get no satisfaction, by Malcolm Dean, The Guardian, March 5, 2003.
Lord Richard Layard analyses happiness in modern economies.

Cultural Creatives - Are you a Cultural Creative? Ethical Matters, U.K.
Cultural Creatives is a term coined by sociologist Dr. Paul Ray. He describes them as having,
"... no established leaders, no professed ideology and no cohesive sense of community. Its members loosely adhere to humanistic/spiritual ideals and life-styles that are eco-friendly." He believes he has identified at least 50 million in the United States and another 50 million in Europe."

MMA survey: Most Americans do NOT separate their faith and personal finances,
Survey sponsored by the Mennonite Mutual Aid Society and MMA Praxis Mutual Funds, 2001.

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