Category: August 2015 – Indigenous Peoples & Impact Investing

GreenMoney thanks Zoë Marieh Urness for her photographic contributions to our special August 2015 issue on “Indigenous Peoples and Impact Investing.”

Below you can read more about Zoe and find links to see her full portfolio as well as how to purchase her photos.

Photographer Zoë Marieh Urness is a Tlingit Alaskan Native whose portraits of modern Natives in traditional regalia and settings, aim to send a message –– “We are here. And we are thriving, through our traditions.”

“Since April of last year, Urness, who is Tlingit and Cherokee, has been traveling the western United States, Using her art to help preserve the traditions of indigenous people, she produces photos that serve to connect the old ways read more

By Jason Campbell, founder and CEO of Arete Development Group

In spite of my lack of writing prowess I have chosen to share a story that in many ways parallels one that many of us are familiar with: the story of David and Goliath. Before we follow the path of David and before we identify Goliath, I would first like to share my story.

My entry into the world of Sustainable and Responsible Investing (SRI) occurred after successfully navigating an MBA program at Gonzaga University, after which a professor forwarded me a notice that US SIF’s Indigenous Peoples Working Group (IPWG) was read more

By Susan White, a citizen of the Oneida Nation in Wisconsin and Director of Oneida Trust and Enrollments

In the early 1990’s The Oneida Nation located in Wisconsin was one of the first Native Nations to formally adopt sustainable and responsible investing (SRI) policies for the Nation’s Trust investments. The policy directed its investment managers to divest from companies that harmed Native peoples or that caused significant harm to the environment. The Oneida Trust Committee, a nine-member committee elected by the general membership, has supported staff to continue to develop read more

by Rebecca Adamson, an Indigenous economist, founder and President of First Peoples Worldwide

Extractive industry projects may not be created to victimize women, but violence against women has become a major by-product of these project operations. Rampant exploitation of women happens when thousands of mostly male workers are housed in makeshift “man camps” located at the sites of company operations. For example, North Dakota’s Bakken oil field has boomed—over the past five years, it has increased daily oil production from 200,000 barrels to 1.1 million barrels, becoming the read more

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples interviewed by Steven Heim, Managing Director of Boston Common Asset Management

Introduction by Steven Heim, who is a Managing Director at Boston Common Asset Management.

Investors increasingly must pay attention to Indigenous Peoples globally because of both risks to their portfolios and opportunities for lasting business partnerships.  Much of the world’s remaining biodiversity and natural resources are located on or near Indigenous lands. After centuries of marginalization and oppression read more

By Stephanie R. Leighton, CFA, Trillium Asset Management

Community impact investing provides investors with the opportunity to support community economic development, revitalization, growth, and sustainability. Many investors choose to allocate a portion of their overall portfolio holdings to this high social impact asset class.

Clients of Trillium Asset Management were among the first investors in Lakota Funds, a Native American community development financial institution (CDFI) located on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. These investments support basic banking services, small read more

[Additional information dated from 2006-2015 is in Part 2 of this compilation]

This list was coordinated and complied by Reed Montague of Calvert Investments with extensive contributions by Steven Heim of Boston Common Asset Management. The list is based on an earlier timeline created by First Peoples Worldwide ( )

1971 –  The Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) supports the Crow Tribe’s challenge to Westmoreland Coal’s strip mining plans on its reservation.

1977 ?  Indigenous Peoples first take their concerns read more

[Additional information dated from 1971-2005 is in Part 1 of this compilation]

This list was coordinated and complied by Reed Montague of Calvert Investments with extensive contributions by Steven Heim of Boston Common Asset Management. The list is based on an earlier timeline created by First Peoples Worldwide ( )

2006 – 2009 ?  Joined by over a dozen investors, Boston Common Asset Management on behalf of Church of the Brethren Benefit Trust files shareholder proposals with ConocoPhillips. Representatives from Boston Common and/or read more

By Drew Tulchin, Managing Consultant of UpSpring with Rafael Chapman, Analyst of UpSpring


According to the US Census, Native American, Alaskan Natives and Pacific Islander indigenous people accounting for 1.6% of the total population. While small, the amount of investment and donations that serve this population is disproportionately even smaller. For example, well below 1% of US philanthropy goes to ‘Indian Country’. And, banks physically are often absent from Native communities, and their capital is, as well.

“When we went to start our business on our reservation, read more

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