January 2019


US Sustainable, Responsible &
Impact Investing Trends Report

Welcome to GreenMoney’s January 2019 issue featuring the newly released  Report on US Sustainable, Responsible, and Impact Investing Trends  from the US SIF. Spend some time with these articles on the multiple aspects of where the SRI industry has been and where it is headed.  The numbers in the  Trends Report are positive, as more investors, institutions and financial professionals understand that SRI is good for themselves, their clients, and all of us. The headline here:  38 percent growth in assets using SRI over the last two years, totaling $12 trillion; one in every 4 dollars under professional management. 

If you missed our "2019 SRI and ESG Investing Outlook"  last month, the issue is available here. And as you make 2019 plans, check out GreenMoney's Global Events Calendar, featuring Sustainable Business and Impact Investing conferences happening all over the world.

- Cliff Feigenbaum, founder and publisher



Lisa Woll, CEO, US SIF and US SIF Foundation - GreenMoney Journal

Reflections on SRI Investing in 2018

Lisa Woll
CEO, US SIF and US SIF Foundation
Sustainable and impact investing in the US continues to grow and to make a difference. Investors now consider environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors across $12 trillion of professionally managed assets, a 38 percent increase since 2016. Financial firms and institutional investors are addressing a diverse set of ESG concerns across a broader span of assets than ever. Many of these money managers and institutions, concerned about racial and gender discrimination, gun violence and environmental protection, are using portfolio selection and shareowner engagement to address these important issues. Read More

Joe Keefe - GreenMoney Journal

SRI Trends Report 2018: Executive Summary

SRI Investing in the US continues to expand at a healthy pace. The total US-domiciled assets under management using SRI strategies grew from $8.7 trillion at the start of 2016 to $12.0 trillion at the start of 2018, an increase of 38 percent. This represents 26 percent—or 1 in 4 dollars—of the $46.6 trillion in total US assets under professional management. Since 1995, when the US SIF Foundation first measured the size of the US sustainable and responsible investment universe at $639 billion, these assets have increased more than 18-fold, a compound annual growth rate of 13.6 percent.
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Vivek Tanneeru - GreenMoney Journal 

SRI Trends Report 2018: Community Investing

Community Investing is a vital form of SRI Investing that the US SIF Foundation has tracked for 20 years. The community investing sector has experienced rapid growth over the last decade, nearly doubling in assets between 2014 and 2016, and growing more than 50 percent from 2016 to 2018. In the US, community investing institutions direct capital to communities and individuals underserved by conventional financial services. They provide capital for small businesses, affordable housing units, charter schools, grocery stores as well as responsible lending products and related programs.
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January 2019 Additional Articles

UK Leads Europe in Sustainable and Responsible Investment

The United Kingdom is the frontrunner in Europe for sustainable and responsible investment (‘SRI’) according to data published in November 2018 by Eurosif, Europe’s sustainable and responsible investment membership organization. Read More

CSE Research Links Financial and Corporate Sustainability (ESG) Performance

The Centre for Sustainability and Excellence releases its third annual report on Sustainability (ESG) Reporting Trends: North America 2018. This research provides a useful and convenient representation of the current state of Sustainability Reporting. Read More

Climate Finance: More Money Than Ever Invested in Climate Action, but is It Enough?

Climate finance is a central issue in how the global community proposes to follow through with implementation of the Paris Agreement. A new study, shows that while investment in climate action has been steadily increasing, it falls short in key areas. Read More

10 Years of Green Bonds: From Evolution to Revolution

Issued in November 2008, the World Bank’s first green bond created the blueprint for sustainable investing in the capital markets. Today, the green bond model is being applied to bonds that are raising financing for all 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Read More

Here’s a Way to Fight Climate Change: Empower Women

“Gender and climate are inextricably linked,” said environmentalist and author Katharine Wilkinson at TEDWomen, a recent gathering of women thought leaders and activists in Calif. Women, she says, are disproportionately affected by climate change. Read More

The Nature Conservancy’s CEO on How to Scale Up Investments in Nature

Mark Tercek spent 24 years working as an investment banker and the last 10 years as the CEO of The Nature Conservancy. How to scale up investments in nature – is what he thinks about and what he wants you to start thinking about more. Read More

GreenMoney’s 2019 Editorial Calendar

February 2019
Millennials and Money 
March 2019
Foundations and SRI
April 2019
Women and Investing
May 2019
ESG and CSR All-Videos Issue
June 2019
 Investing in Sustainable Agriculture
July/Aug 2019
Green Sustainable Building(s)


Featured Video

The World's First Green Bond - World Bank Treasury 


10 years ago, The World Bank issued the first-ever green bond then laid out the first blueprint for sustainable fixed income investing, transforming development finance and sparking a sustainability revolution in the capital markets. Green bonds have become a strategic priority for The World Bank as they support all Sustainable Development Goals. Watch this video to learn about the investors, evaluator, and Treasury behind the first green bond and how it turned into a $12 billion World Bank program 10 years later.

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