Non-profits advancing sustainable investing

www.GreenAmerica.org/socialinvesting    Green America is a not-for-profit membership organization founded in 1982. (It went by the name “Co-op America” until January 1, 2009.)  Their mission is to harness economic power—the strength of consumers, investors, businesses, and the marketplace—to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society.

http://www.ussif.org/    US SIF – The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment is the US membership association for professionals, firms, institutions and organizations engaged in sustainable, responsible, and impact investing. US SIF and its members advance investment practices that consider environmental, social and corporate governance criteria to generate long-term competitive financial returns and positive societal impact.

http://www.ceres.org/     Ceres is a nonprofit organization mobilizing business and investor leadership on climate change, water scarcity and other sustainability challenges. Ceres directs the Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR), a network of over 100 institutional investors with collective assets totaling more than $12 trillion. Ceres also directs Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy (BICEP), an advocacy coalition of nearly 30 businesses committed to working with policy makers to pass meaningful energy and climate legislation.

http://www.cii.org/      The Council of Institutional Investors is a nonprofit association of pension funds, other employee benefit funds, endowments and foundations with combined assets that exceed $3 trillion. We are the leading voice for effective corporate governance and strong shareowner rights. CII’s mission is to educate our members and the public about effective corporate governance, shareowner rights and related investment issues, and to advocate on our members’ behalf.

http://www.sasb.org/     The Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit. SASB’s mission is to develop and disseminate sustainability accounting standards that help public corporations disclose material, decision-useful information to investors. That mission is accomplished through a rigorous process that includes evidence-based research and broad, balanced stakeholder participation.

http://fsinsight.org     FSinsight is a global platform where top scholars, policy makers and members of the business community can share knowledge of and experience with finance and sustainability. The site is a source of latest ideas and developments, which has set the encouragement of financing the transition towards a sustainable economy as its goal.

http://www.unpri.org/     The United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) Initiative is an international network of investors working together to put the six Principles for Responsible Investment into practice. Its goal is to understand the implications of sustainability for investors and support signatories to incorporate these issues into their investment decision making and ownership practices.

http://www.unpri.org/areas-of-work/reporting-and-assessment/reporting-outputs/individual-2013-14/     All signatories to the UNPRI are committed to filing an annual transparency report listing their activities.  All current reports can be found here.

http://www.iccr.org/     Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility.   Shareholders around the world continue to join our ranks recognizing that, by acting in coalition with like-minded investors we are able to improve corporate practices on vital environmental, social and governance concerns and, in doing so,  build more sustainable, financially resilient companies.

http://www.irrcinstitute.org/     Founded by a consortium of colleges, universities and foundations, the Investor Responsibility Research Center Institute is a leading funder of research on corporate responsibility and investing.  They are dedicated to funding objective research focused on corporate governance and responsibility. The research is broadly available to investors, policymakers, and interested stakeholders to help foster informed, fact-based decisions

https://www.globalreporting.org    Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) – the defacto standard framework for reporting by private and public companies on ESG issues.

http://www.asyousow.org     As You Sow engages companies to build and adopt strong social and environmental policies.  Shareholder advocacy leverages the power of stock ownership in publicly-traded companies to promote environmental, social, and governance change from within.

http://www.eiris.org/    EIRIS is a global leader in the provision of environmental, social, governance (ESG) research for responsible investors.

http://www.proxypreview.org/    Proxy Preview is a collaboration between three organizations (  As You Sow  /  Sustainable Investment Institute (Si2)  /  Proxy Impact ) seeking to help investors align their values with their investments.  Shareholder advocacy leverages the power of stock ownership to promote social change. This site provides information on resolutions filed this year and expected to be filed this year.  Past data is also available.

http://www.iehn.org     The Investor Environmental Health Network is a collaborative partnership of investment managers, advised by nongovernmental organizations, concerned about the financial and public health risks associated with corporate toxic chemicals policies. IEHN, through dialogue and shareholder resolutions, encourages companies to adopt policies to continually and systematically reduce and eliminate the toxic chemicals in their products and activities.

http://www.socialfunds.com/    SocialFunds.com features over 10,000 pages of information on SRI mutual funds, community investments, corporate research, shareowner actions, and daily social investment news.

http://greenfaith.org/      GreenFaith’s mission is to inspire, educate and mobilize people of diverse religious backgrounds for environmental leadership.  Our work is based on beliefs shared by the world’s great religions – we believe that protecting the earth is a religious value, and that environmental stewardship is a moral responsibility.

www.siinstitute.org     The Sustainable Investment Institute (Si2), a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., conducts impartial research and publishes reports on organized efforts to influence corporate behavior on social and environmental issues.  Si2 closely follows shareholder resolutions proposed by investor activists, analyzing changing reform campaigns and identifying key points of contention in reports that enable institutional investors to make informed, independent decisions about their votes and views on these proposals. In addition to educational proxy research materials for members, SI2 publishes reports for the interested public on related emerging issues.

http://ratesustainability.org/      Global Initiative for Sustainability Ratings (GISR.)  Their mission is to design and steward a global sustainability (ESG) ratings standard to expand and accelerate the contribution of business and other organizations worldwide to sustainable development. GISR will not rate companies. Instead, it will accredit other sustainability ratings, rankings or indices to apply its standard for measuring excellence in sustainability performance.

http://divestinvest.org/     Our initiative responds to climate change by encouraging people, groups, and institutions to divest from fossil fuels and invest in climate solutions.

http://www.tbligroup.com/    Triple Bottom Line Investing (TBLI) Group’s mission is raising awareness and educating financial professionals on the benefits and opportunities of sustainable investing. The aim is to maximize investment flows into sustainable projects and new sustainable businesses.

 http://www.bostonsri.org/    Boston Area Sustainable Investment Consortium (BASIC) – connects the community of (sustainable and responsible investment) SRI professionals in the Greater Boston area through educational programs and social networking opportunities.  Site includes a blog with up-to-date SRI news and ideas.

http://www.carbontracker.org/    Carbon Tracker Initiative (CTI) is a not for profit financial think tank aimed at enabling a climate secure global energy market by aligning capital market actions with climate reality. Our aim is to raise awareness among key decision makers about the risks that fossil fuel investments pose to financial stability.  Information research resource.

http://ywesg.org/  Women Investing for a Sustainable Economy is a page to help young women investing in ESG find one another, share experiences, and help each other learn and grow.

http://www.climatebonds.net/     The Climate Bonds Initiative is an international, investor-focused not-for-profit. It’s the only organisation in the world focusing on mobilizing the $80 trillion bond market for climate change solutions.

 www.thegiin.org/         The Global Impact Investing Network is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to increasing the scale and effectiveness of impact investing.

 http://www.resourcegeneration.org/     Resource Generation organizes young people with wealth and class privilege in the U.S. to become transformative leaders working towards the equitable distribution of wealth, land and power.

 http://proxydemocracy.org/     ProxyDemocracy is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization committed to making proxy voting a more effective way of holding public corporations accountable to their shareholders and society. We believe society benefits when investors exercise their voting power, and we are building tools designed to make it easier for them to do so.  ProxyDemocracy provides a set of tools to help investors use their voting power to produce positive changes in the companies they own.

 http://www.gbophb.org/si/     The General Board of Pension and Health Benefits is a not-for-profit administrative agency of The United Methodist ChurchThis site requires some careful navigating, but lays out some very well articulated procedures for successfully investing with social responsibility as a foremost principle.  This collection should be titled “Guiding Principles for Responsible and Sustainable Investing.”  Hover over the tab Investments, then hover over the menu choice (on the left) Sustainable Investment.  This will reveal eight categories and each can be clicked for complete reports.

http://benefitcorp.net/     Benefit Corp. Information Center.  Benefit Corporations are a new class of corporation that are required to create a material positive impact on society and the environment and to meet higher standards of accountability and transparency.

http://www.endowmentethics.org/  Responsible Endowments Coalition – a group focused on teaching students, faculty and alumni to engage with the investment committees of their schools and bring about change how endowments are helping or hurting the sustainability of the school and our society.

 https://confluencephilanthropy.site-ym.com/  Confluence Philanthropy is a non-profit network of over 300 private, public, and community foundations. We build capacity and provide technical assistance to enhance the ability of foundations to align the management of assets with organizational mission to promote environmental sustainability and social justice.

 http://www.endowmentinstitute.org/     Founded in 2005 as a special project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Inc, the Sustainable Endowments Institute (SEI) has pioneered research, education and outreach to advance resilient institutional responses to the climate crisis.

 http://www.intentionalendowments.org/     The Intentional Endowments Network supports colleges, universities, and other mission-driven tax-exempt organizations in aligning their endowment investment practices with their mission, values, and sustainability goals without sacrificing financial returns.

www.GreenBillion.org     Sustainable Endowments Institute – works to advance institutional responses to the climate crisis, focusing on sustainable use of endowment and operations assets; leads the Billion Dollar Green Challenge, encouraging campuses to
establish “green revolving funds.”