Jan 7, 2015
Knowing who to trust with your money can be a difficult choice. There’s never any guarantee when you’re investing. However, some companies make a point of ensuring that all their investments not only have good returns but are ethical as well.
Parnassus Investments, based in San Francisco, is a forerunner in ethical investments. Parnassus is an independent employee owned company, and has several safeguards in place to ensure that the investments they make don’t have any cause for…
Jul 13, 2014
Green banking and green investing have become popular recently as people seek out money solutions that are both financially stable and environmentally or socially responsible. GreenChoice Bank has been offering financial products and services to people and businesses that support the environmental, social, and financial needs of customers, communities, and the Earth. Boasting a LEED platinum certified flagship location in Chicago’s innovative Green Exchange building, plus two branch locations that are both convenient and sustainable, GreenChoice Bank offers…
Feb 10, 2014
Have you ever wished you could do more with your money? What if you could grow your investments while helping companies that are doing good in the world and, in turn, provide future generations with a bright green future? Sentinel Investment company is a Vermont-based asset management firm that builds investment portfolios based not just on returns, but on ESG . . . that is, Environmental Stewardship, Strong Corporate Governance, and Good Relations with employees and communities. It’s a…
Jul 14, 2013
A financial institution that has been in operation since before the Civil War and today has over 6 million customers in 19 states and Washington, D.C. is not generally known for a high level of sustainability and social awareness. However, most large financial institutions are not PNC, the Pittsburgh-based banking, investment, mortgage, and financial service company that has a reputation for both their highly tailored and effective services, and their status as an environmental leader. PNC’s commitment to…
Mar 5, 2013
Green Century Funds
Where you choose to invest your money makes a statement. Traditional investment strategies place your dollars in a portfolio of companies designed to bring you a return on your investment, without placing any particular value on the type of company represented in the portfolio. Green Century Funds believes that there is another way to approach investing, a way to bring a return on your dollar while putting those same dollars to work for the betterment of the environment…
Nov 18, 2012
Domini Social Investments
If you've been thinking more carefully about your investment strategy, or you are looking for a place to invest your money that will make financial sense for you while helping create a healthy environment and more socially responsible economy, you may be interested in "social investing." Domini Social Investments is an established investment firm that may be able to help you reach those goals. The idea behind their investment products and services is to help you make your…
Jul 29, 2012
The banking world isn’t often thought of for their commitment to the environment, but Wells Fargo is working hard to change that perception. In addition to offering their customers the expected financial services, Wells Fargo has made it a priority to operate in a socially, environmentally and economically responsible manner. From green banking options to an environmental grant program to environmentally responsible buildings, Wells Fargo’s approach to doing business is less about financial gain and more about creating…
May 4, 2012
Winslow Management Company
Green investing has become a buzzed-about phrase lately, as investors seek strategies that match their values and personal priorities as much as their financial objectives. Winslow Management Company has been offering green investing services since 1983, long before the boom in green investing began. With over 25 years experience, Winslow can offer something many other investment firms can't: a knowledge of green market trends and investment opportunities based on sustainable and environmentally friendly companies that have long-term growth…
Feb 25, 2012
Is there a connection between the Apollo 8 space mission and Blue Marble Investments, a “socially active investing firm?” The common thread between these two seemingly unrelated things is the image brought to mind by the words of the Apollo astronauts as they glimpsed "a tiny, lovely, and fragile blue marble hanging in the blackness of space." Blue Marble Investments takes that classic image as both their name and the underlying belief that fuels their investment firm. Many years…
Nov 28, 2011
First Affirmative Financial Network
SRI is growing across the country, and that's very good news, especially for investors. SRI is “sustainably responsible investing,” and it's a great way to invest your money with two outcomes: growing your investment and creating a positive impact on social and environmental causes. First Affirmative Financial Network, a Colorado-based investment and financial consulting firm, is on a mission to help individuals, institutions and investment advisers find sustainable investment opportunities that are both responsible and profitable. It's a great…
Sep 26, 2011
New Resource Bank
The experience of banking has become largely impersonal. We don’t even need to go inside the bank to conduct our business. If you are seeking a new banking experience, first imagine going into a bank building to open a new account. You are attracted to a large display of materials featuring local green and sustainable businesses by the entryway. You look for the bank tellers, but only see a group of friendly-looking people sitting at desks. One of them…
Nov 1, 2010
Making a decision on where to invest your money is never easy. There are a range of criteria you might use to evaluate each opportunity. With an increasing number of companies offering socially responsible investing (SRI), the obvious course of investment can be marred by hidden details, fees and small print. Calvert Investments has been leading the transparent field in SRI for years and has worked hard to make the decisions easier for…
Mar 1, 2010
Environmental Financial Rewards
Xcetera is the University of Oklahoma’s campus convenience store – a place where students can get their daily sweet-tooth satisfied, pick up necessities and stock their dorm refrigerators. Recently, they’ve implemented a reward program designed to give environmentally-conscious students a break on groceries – something most college students can definitely use – involving reusable bags.
How it Works
When students shop at Xcetera, they’re encouraged to use their ‘Crimson and Green’ Xcetera reusable bags rather than opting…
Dec 14, 2009
Eco-Friendly Credit Cards
Eco-friendly credit cards and green banking options are providing consumers with new ways to minimize their impact on the planet. From carbon offsets and charitable donations to eco rewards and planet-friendly cards, today’s financial institutions are taking initiatives to improve the planet.
A joint effort between Sony, Mitsubishi Plastics, and Dai Nippon Printing has resulted in the world’s first non-petroleum based credit card that is capable of multi-functional chip applications. Nearly half of the materials…
Oct 19, 2009
Does “Green Investing” make Sense for you?
A recent study by the PNC Financial Services Group found that over 70% of well-to-do Americans (those with at least $500,000 in investable assets) have “green” values and a strong interest in environmental issues and encouraging companies that follow a socially responsible path. The fact that these socially responsible investors (SRI) now actually make up the majority of investors is a relatively recent development in the industry and reflects the changing values of our society.
Nov 2, 2008
The Sustainable MBA
The business of business is to make money. It’s unlikely that will ever change. However, companies and the people who manage them are becoming increasingly aware that to make money in a rapidly changing world and diminishing resources, they need to generate revenue in more environmentally sustainable and socially responsible ways.
So, while the objective of business remains making money, innovative and progressive businesses are starting to adopt a more open management style. Placing greater emphasis on ethical behaviors…
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