14 December 2016

GA/GBN: US SIF Foundation Releases 2016 Trends Report on Sustainable, Responsible, and Impact Investing

by Scott Kitson | Dec 01, 2016
According to the latest report from the US SIF Foundation, sustainable, responsible, and impact (SRI) investing assets have expanded to $8.72 trillion in the US, up 33% since 2014. This equates to one in five dollars invested under professional management. The full reports explains this growth, in addition to exploring the top issues concerning money managers and their clients.

The Trends Report, now in its 11th year of publication, is a snapshot of US-domiciled assets engaged in sustainable, responsible, and impact (SRI) strategies at year-end 2015. The report measures two SRI strategies: (1) ESG incorporation, and (2) Filing shareholder resolutions on ESG issues.

The report shows a 33% growth over the past two years, and a 14-fold increase since 1995.

To read more highlights or download the full report, visit US SIF.

US SIF: The Forum for Sustainable Responsible Investment is the leading voice advancing sustainable, responsible and impact investing across all asset classes. Its mission is to rapidly shift investment practices toward sustainability, focusing on long-term investment and the generation of positive social and environmental impacts.

The US SIF Foundation undertakes educational, research, and programmatic activities to advance the mission of US SIF.

(Source: http://www.greenbusinessnetwork.org/us-sif-foundation-releases-2016-trends-report-on-sustainable-responsible-and-impact-investing/)

GA/GBN: New 2017 National Green Pages Released

by Scott Kitson | Nov 17, 2016
Green America is unveiling today its newest issue of National Green Pages (NGP), the ultimate sourcebook for green living, purchasing and investing. This year’s edition is available in hard copy or online. The NGP continues to honor the greenest businesses in the country and provides consumers with an extensive range of ideas for greening their lives, work, and community. Readers can also take advantage of 450 freebies and discounts from Green America’s Certified Green Business Network members nationwide.

Featuring thousands of socially and environmentally responsible businesses, the 2017 National Green Pages is a great resource for those who wish to create a safe and healthy home, promote peace and justice, protect the environment, and support a living wage for workers. Readers can discover tips for green remodeling, eco-travel, non-toxic cleaners and clothing, responsible banking and investing, and much more.

“With each green choice you make, you help solve our planet’s problems,” said Alisa Gravitz, president and CEO of Green America. “When you buy fair trade food and gifts, you ensure fair wages for producers around the world. By choosing organic food and clothing, you put an end to the dangerous pesticides used on conventional crops. By making your home more energy-efficient, you promote a clean-energy future. You restore the Earth. You save lives.”

All of the companies in the 2017 National Green Pages go through a careful certification process to ensure that their environmental and social responsibility claims are accurate. These businesses are certified by Green America for their social and environmental impacts.

In addition to providing information on specific companies, the 2017 National Green Pages details the types of green businesses “you need in your life,” as well as the types of business “sucking the life out of your community,” and helps readers avoid greenwashing.

Hard copies of this year’s National Green Pages can be ordered for $12.45 per copy (including shipping) online or by calling 1-800-58-GREEN. Green America members also receive the National Green Pages for free. Information about companies certified by Green America can be accessed online at greenpages.org, which includes a search feature to find green, healthy, and ethical products and services.

Green America is the nation’s leading green economy organization. Founded in 1982, Green America (formerly Co-op America) provides economic strategies and practical tools for businesses and individuals to solve today’s social and environmental problems. http://www.GreenAmerica.org.

The Green Business Network® is a program of Green America, the nation’s leading non-profit organization working to build a green and just economy. Comprised of 3,000 businesses, the Green Business Network is home to both rising social and eco enterprises and the most established green businesses around. We provide the tools, the information, and the consumer base to help you thrive in today’s competitive green marketplace.

MEDIA CONTACT: Max Karlin, (703) 276-3255, or mkarlin@hastingsgroup.com.

(Source: http://www.greenbusinessnetwork.org/new-2017-national-green-pages-released/)

GA/GBN: Hold Corporations Accountable with The Shareholder Action Guide

by Scott Kitson | Nov 15, 2016

We know we can make a big difference for people and the planet through our financial decisions and actions. As a green business leader, your impact could go even further if you own direct company stock. Green America is proud to promote The Shareholder Action Guide from our partners at As You Sow, and to offer you a 25% discount.
Purchase The Shareholder Action Guide
Here are some easy steps you can take:
  • Have a checking and savings accounts with a community development bank or credit union instead of a mega-bank helps strengthen our neighborhoods and those in need.
  • Use a green credit card rather than a conventional card supports community development and the mission of groups like Green America.
  • Choose socially and environmentally responsible mutual funds, including fossil free funds, supports better businesses.
If you’ve already checked off these first three tips, and own direct company stock (not mutual funds), consider becoming a shareholder activist. Get started with The Shareholder Action Guide, which is available for purchase for only $14.95.

As a shareholder, you are a part-owner of the companies in which you invest. That power gives you the responsibility and voice to change company practices. These practices could be about issues affecting human rights, labor rights, the environment, and much more.

The Shareholder Action Guide is a great read – informative, inspiring, and you don’t need to understand financial jargon to see how to be an active shareholder.

Green America has partnered with our colleagues at As You Sow to offer you a 25% percent discount on the book. You can order your copy today for only $14.95 with the code green25.

(Source: http://www.greenbusinessnetwork.org/hold-corporations-accountable-with-the-shareholder-action-guide/)