Socially Responsible Investment Funds are gaining interest with consumers. So in this blog post I’ll share some of the more common socially responsible investment fund options that individual investors can pursue. While responsible investment funds is a relatively new investing niche it is rapidly gaining steam. And for good reason…
In case you’re new to the topic, socially responsible investment funds seek to allocate investor capital into socially responsible investments. So what makes a socially responsible investment?
Well it’s a good question. And in the case of each fund it usually differs a little bit. But the gist of the concept is…
These funds only invest in companies that are tackling social or environmental challenges. A lot of the companies in these socially responsible funds might be related to clean energy, low-cost water purification, micro-finance, renewable fuels and fats… and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. If you’re curious to learn a little more about socially responsible investing check out the US Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investing to get up to speed on the basics.
And to be clear, socially responsible investing is not some sort of charity case. Most of these socially responsible investing funds are run by major capital market players. This is all about funding sustainability that is already showing shareholder (and stakeholder) returns. Now, let’s take a lot the most popular socially responsible investment funds…
List of Popular Socially Responsible Investment Funds:
- The Sustainable Group offers alternative and responsible investment opportunities in forestry, farming and other sustainable asset classes.
- Socialfunds.com offers a great comparison calculator for all socially responsible investment funds.
- RESP.org offers a list of the 10 most ethical mutual funds in America.
- There are a number of church-affiliated investment funds in America that proclaim to be social responsible investors. Some popular examples are LKCM Aquinas Funds and American Baptist Home Mission Societies.
- RBC Global Asset Management offers Socially Responsible Investment Funds for Canadian Investors. Their website has good information on how they select the companies to invest in, which will help with your due diligence.
- Ethical Funds is another well-knwon provider of socially responsible investment opportunities.
These socially responsible investment funds are some of the most popular I could find online. Keep in mind I don’t have personal experience with these products but they seem to be the ones that are top of mind to investors. If you want to invest directly in ethically-run companies, then read this list of the top 50 socially responsible companies. Most of these companies are Canadian but a lot of them have American traded stock equivalents. You can also check out the companies at the top of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.
So there you have it! If you’re looking for socially responsible investment funds hopefully the list above will shave some time off your research. If you do go ahead and investment in these socially responsible funds I encourage you to leave a note in the comments section below – we’d love to hear your experience!
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