As crowdfunding continues to mature into a platform for raising investment capital, investors may feel that that they need more information to be sure they’re making prudent decisions. Crowdcheck works with companies seeking funding to compile due diligence and disclosure reports that may put your mind at ease. Their blog is a great place for entrepreneurs to stay current on the latest regulatory rulings and interpretations, and their list of crowdfunding platform partners is a valuable starting point for both investors and entrepreneurs.
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A nationwide, non-profit resource center that has created in-depth training programs to educate local investors and business owners in the nuts and bolts of creating local investing networks in their regions. In addition to the free training guides, LIRC hosts forums for local investors and entrepreneurs, and a nationwide directory of local investing groups (already featuring over 30 groups from coast to coast). Visit their website.
The Global Impact Investing Rating System (GIIRS, pronounced “gears”) is a system used to assess the social and environmental impact of companies and funds in developed and emerging markets. It uses a ratings and analytics approach similar to Morningstar’s investment ratings and Capital IQ’s financial analytics. Run by B Lab, GIIRS provides a series of tools that impact investors can use to aid them in making intelligent impact investing decisions. B Analytics, a tool launched in late 2014, is a customizable platform used to measure, benchmark and report on impact. Visit website.
This website run by Global Reporting Institute (GRI) contains a searchable Sustainability Disclosure Database of the sustainability and CSR reports etc for thousands of organizations internationally. It is searchable by organization, region, sector, etc. Visit website.
Global Reporting Initiative website is a tool for investors to look at the self-reported sustainability efforts of companies. GRI has a searchable database, where one can look up companies by region, sector, size, and other variables. GRI’s database features reports that cover multiple issues, i.e. economic, environmental, social and governance information. Integrated reports cover both sustainable and financial disclosures. Visit website.
The National Green Pages is a green business directory, featuring members of Green America. It contains listings to green products and services, as well as other resources. See directory.
The Greenhouse Gas Protocol is an international accounting tool used to understand, quantify, and manage greenhouse gas emissions. The GHG Protocol has been used by some of the world’s largest companies, and is also valuable to government leaders; this page lists the companies that are using this important self-assessment tool. Visit website.
Green Seal develops life-cycle based sustainability standards for products, services and companies and offers third-party certification; website includes a directory of companies that have been certified. Visit website.
FairTrade.net features information on the fair trade issues for several key product categories, and links to Fair Trade organizations in many countries around the world. Their affiliated US partner is Fair Trade America, whose website includes a list of several dozen Fair Trade certified products available here. Another US group, Fair Trade USA, split off from the international group several years ago, and its site features a much larger list of products bearing its own certification label; see FairTradeUSA product guide.
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.
Green Seal develops sustainability standards (based on life cycle) for products, services and companies. Green Seal offers third-party certification for those that meet the standards. The website includes a searchable database that can be filtered by type of product, broader categories, and manufacturer, as well as keywords. Green Seal also certifies lodging properties, cleaning services and restaurants. See website.
Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) is a labeling program that promotes sustainable forestry management, improved forestry practices and responsible purchasing of forest products. The label appears on a wide range of products, including furniture, printer paper, labels and packaging. The website includes a database of wood and paper products with SFI certification. Visit website.