Learn About Socially Responsible Investing (SRI)
Socially responsible investing (SRI) is also called sustainable, socially conscious, "green" and/or ethical investing, and refers to "any investment strategy which seeks to consider both financial return and social good." Socially responsible investments typically support companies that produce environmentally sustainable products as well as respect workers and the long-term health of the communities in which they operate.
According to Forbes, over the last two years, SRI investing has grown by more than 22% to $3.74 trillion in total managed assets, "suggesting that investors are investing with their heart, as well as their head." About $1 of every $9 managed by a financial professional in the U.S. can be classified as an SRI investment.
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