This report explains and defines community investing and its related products. Published by US SIF Foundation, it details current practices as well as takes a look forward at how to increase understanding and awareness of such products as well as diversifying products offered. See report(pdf).
US SIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment is the trade association for the socially responsible investment industry. Its website includes primers on community investing, divestment, and SRI in general, as well as a steady stream of topical reports. Visit website.
Our company, Natural Investments, has been generating comprehensive ratings of SRI mutual funds since 1992 and has become the leading tool for investors to get a snapshot of SRI mutual funds’ environmental, social, and governance performance. Similar to the 5-star system used by Morningstar to rate financial performance, our “Heart Rating” (also known as the NI Social Rating) used 1-5 hearts to indicate where each mutual fund stands relative to its peers in its commitment to screening, shareholder advocacy, and community investing. See the current Heart Ratings.
Investors’ Circle is a pioneer of the early-state impact investing world. Their members are accredited investors, though they also accept donations in support of their work. Visit website.
This article provides an overview of what green bonds are, and the role they could play in financing a response to climate change through conversion to low-carbon technologies. Read the article.
The Invest With Values website includes a wide-ranging, easy-to-use directory with investment opportunities in the following areas: local banking, community investing, sustainable and responsible investing, and impact investing.
The website also contains numerous tools to help you on a path toward investing with your values. Visit website.
Solar City provides leases for solar equipment. The homeowner provides the roof, and they install and maintain the equipment. Visit website.
SOCAP is a long-running conference series focused on increasing the flow of capital directed toward social good. The conferences bring together impact investors and social entrepreneurs along with many other sectors. Visit website.
When you invest in solar bonds, your earnings come from the payments received on longterm solar contracts. Structured like typical corporate bonds, an investor receives regular interest payments, with the original investment repaid at maturity. Available to all investors, $1000 minimum. Learn more.
Technology think-tank International Data Corporation (IDC) predicts that by the year 2020, more than 10% of all consumer products will be available through produce on demand via 3-D printing – in home or through companies offering such services. This article provides an overview of the current state and possibilities of 3-D printing, with an emphasis on the potential market growth of companies in this sector. Read article.
This late-2014 report by the Croatan Institute looks into the impact of investor engagement on environmental, social, and corporate governance practices of publicly traded companies. These finding have been integrated as part of a project to develop a standard method for documenting the impact of such activities. For the 2015 proxy season, ten institutional investors have committed to using the alpha version of the framework. See report.
This primer by the Case Foundation provides an introduction to impact investing for the newcomer. It includes several profiles of impact ventures, funds and investors.