Maybe you’re the sort of person who participates in boycotts, deletes an app or protests a company because of an issue you’re passionate about. But what if you invested in the company instead? It may seem counterintuitive, but one way to effect change is through impact investing — investing in a company with the goal
Ethical investing is one of the ways in which investors can partake by putting their money into responsible causes. According to Investopedia, it can be observed in two ways. The first is eliminating industries like gambling, alcohol, or firearms or investing in industries that meet the person’s ethical guidelines. The second is by being conscious of
John D. Rockefeller founded Standard Oil Co. and as a result was the richest person on the planet when he died in 1937. Yet some of his 200-plus living descendants have embarked on a mission to challenge Standard Oil offspring Exxon Mobil Corp. on climate change. So it should come as little surprise that the investment company
Impact investing is set to continue to grow, as many investors are interested in making their money work for good, as well as for returns. Research shows directing capital into investments that seek both attractive returns and a measurable positive environmental and societal impact could be a US$1 trillion ($1.3 trillion) business globally by 2020.
In our recent article on Swell Investing, we took a look at some impact investing portfolios that allow investors to only invest in companies that “do good”. This is called “Socially Responsible Investing” and the general messaging from the many SRI fintechs that are sprouting up is that SRI outperforms the broader market. You’ve never heard someone say “well, companies that
Rural families in Africa who need access to power and investors seeking a decent return on their money are getting together so everyone prospers. The cherry on the cake? It’s good for the environment too. British investors are funding solar kits for households in East Africa with no access to electricity. As families pay for
Impact investing has taken off, and it’s no wonder: while people want to watch their money grow in the market, they don’t want to stash their cash with corporations they dislike. A recent study found that 78 percent of millennial investors have either put their money into these types of investments, or plan to in the future.
People generally like to measure a business's worthiness based on its bottom line — not its values. But over the past couple of decades, socially responsible investing (SRI) has grown into an industry worth trillions. Cliff Feigenbaum, who founded GreenMoney Journal 25 years ago, joined us to talk about the increase in people who are matching their
In September 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency accused German automaker Volkswagen of installing computer software in 482,000 American vehicles to conceal nitrogen oxide emissions up to 40 times above the legal limit. The company subsequently acknowledged that up to 11 million cars worldwide had been fitted with a similar “defeat device.” It pays to look
Conventional wisdom said the Trump administration would spell doom for companies that emphasize environmental, socially responsible, and governance (ESG) issues. Yet since Trump took office this year, ESG stocks have actually pulled ahead of the broad market. Not only that, socially responsible investing (SRI) funds — which seek to use investment dollars to bring about change
Forget the paradigm that many believe Millennials to be the “Me Generation.” Research proves them to be the “Us Generation.” “Us” encompasses the world. BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, recently conducted a survey that was discussed by Anne Ackerley in The BlackRock Blog. They that found that “67% of millennials say they want investments to reflect their social
More major mainstream investment managers are flocking to impact investments. Already, funds invested in it are well into the tens of trillions and some foundations are committing to invest their endowments in it. Perhaps even more telling than these indicators suggesting that impact investing is heading toward the mainstream: More students are enrolled in the