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The US SIF Foundation conducts research on a range of sustainable, responsible, and impact investment issues. A number of these reports are available below as free PDF downloads. Other US SIF publications can be ordered here.
 
Biennial Trends Reports

The Sustainable and Responsible Investing Trends in the United States series offers the definitive overview of the institutions, organizations and money managers that consider environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) criteria to generate long-term competitive financial returns and positive societal impact. The most recent edition was published in November 2014. Click here to learn more
 

Other Reports

Investing to Advance WomenInvesting to Advance Women: A Guide for Individual & Institutional Investors (2014)
A guide that seeks to drive investors to investment opportunities that empower women and address the socioeconomic challenges they face. The guide highlights strategies that investors can use to address gender inequality within their own holdings of stocks, mutual funds, fixed income and cash instruments. The guide also suggests other strategies that investors can take such as shareholder engagement. Download Free PDF.







Confronting Corporate Money in Politics  (2014)
Confronting Corporate Money in Politics seeks to assist investors concerned about the growing and largely undisclosed flows of corporate money to influence elections and politics in the United States. The guide highlights practical strategies that investors can use to encourage corporations whose shares they own to disclose or curb their political expenditures. It also offers strategies for investors in mutual funds and bank accounts. In the realm of public policy, the guide suggests initiatives for investors to support.   Download Free PDF
 



 
Unleashing the Potential of US Foundation Endowments: Using Responsible Investment to Strengthen Endowment Oversight and Enhance Impact  (2014)
A growing number of foundations are investigating or pursuing sustainable, responsible, and impact investing approaches—often employing such terms as mission-related investing or impact investing. They are seeking to employ investment and shareowner strategies across their assets to help achieve positive societal outcomes and targeted financial returns. This report is designed for foundation staff and trustees who are interested in encouraging their institutions to align a broader portion of their assets under management with their programmatic goals or to factor environmental, social and governance issues into their investment decisions to help fulfill fiduciary duties.   Download Free PDF
 

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 The Impact of Sustainable and Responsible Investment (2013)
In this document you will find examples of the many kinds of impact the sustainable, responsible, and impact investment industry has had, including: Changing the Investment Industry and Adding Options for Investors; Improving Companies Through Active Ownership and Engagement; Helping Communities and Individual; and Influencing Public Policy and Developing Global Standard-Setting Organizations. Download Free PDF.




Investing to Curb Climate Change: A Guide for the Institutional Investor (2013)  
This guide is designed for investors such as foundations, family offices, university endowments, pension funds, insurance companies, banks and registered investment companies. Individuals who are accredited investors will also find this a helpful source of information. This guide highlights strategies available for institutional investors to manage climate change risks in their investment portfolios and help generate solutions. The guide highlights strategies that investors can utilize across all asset classes, including private equity. The guide also outlines several public policy initiatives that will facilitate investments in clean energy and energy efficiency as well strategies for influencing organizations and institutions in their communities to adopt more climate-sensitive investment policies.  Download Free PDF.

Investing to Curb Climate Change: A Guide for the Individual Investor (2013)
This guide seeks to meet the increasing interest of a wide range of investors in using their investment dollars to address the risks of climate change and to help generate solutions. The guide highlights strategies that retail investors can use not only to address climate change within their own holdings of stocks, mutual funds, fixed income and cash instruments, but also to encourage institutions in their communities to adopt more climate-sensitive investment policies. The guide also suggests several public policy initiatives investors can support to facilitate investments in clean energy and energy efficiency.  Download Free PDF

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Expanding the Market for Community Investment in the United States (2013)
A report that draws on best practices from the field, recommending ways to attract new accredited and institutional investments, as well as to develop products that are accessible enough to retail investors.  US SIF Foundation led the project in collaboration with the Initiative for Responsible Investment at Harvard University and Milken Institute. 
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Lessons Learned: The Emerging Markets Disclosure Project, 2008-2012 (2012)
The Emerging Market Disclosure Project (EMDP), a five-year international initiative led by representatives from Boston Common Asset Management, Calvert Investments, US SIF and with advisory support from the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI) worked to assess and improve corporate environmental, social and governance (ESG or sustainability) reporting in emerging markets.  Readers will find a culmination of the group's baseline studies and advocacy work in Brazil, Indonesia, South Africa and South Korea. Download Free PDF



Options & Innovations in Community Investing (2012)
Based on current practice among fund managers, wealth advisors and consultants, this guide offers investors a practical guide to community investing. Readers will find resource links and options by asset class as well as an analysis of key issues that may influence the future of community development finance. Download Free PDF




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Sustainability Trends in US Alternative Investments (2011)
In recent years, the market of alternative investment funds engaged in sustainable, responsible, and impact investing has expanded rapidly. This report provides a detailed snapshot of private equity and venture capital funds, property investment funds and hedge funds based in the United States that consider environmental, social and corporate governance criteria in fund management. It documents the growth in their numbers and assets from 2010 to 2011, and examines the networks and field-building organizations that have helped to facilitate growth in this field. Download Free Executive Summary  | Order Full Report





Opportunities for Sustainable and Responsible Investing in US Defined Contribution Plans (2011)
This report finds that the number of defined contribution (DC) retirement plans in the United States offering a sustainable, responsible, and impact investing (SRI) choice could double in the next two to three years, based on a survey of hundreds of plan sponsors. The report includes a resource guide for plan sponsors interested in adding an SRI option. Order Full Report







Resource Guide for Plan Sponsors (2011)
This step-by-step guide assists plan sponsors considering the addition of a sustainable, responsible, and impact investment (SRI) option to their defined contribution (DC) retirement plan. The steps outlined in this guide will help sponsors demonstrate the feasibility of SRI as an investment option and address their situation-specific concerns about SRI. Download Free PDF




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Creating a Sustainable World: A Guide to Responsible Stewardship of Tribal Assets (2010)
A resource guide on how American Indian financial portfolios can integrate sustainable, responsible, and impact investment strategies into the management of tribal and other Native organizational assets. Download Free PDF






Investment Consultants and Responsible Investing: Current Practices and Outlook in the United States (2009)
This report analyzes the results from a survey of US investment consultants about their clients' interest in investment strategies that consider corporate environmental, social or governance criteria in addition to traditional financial analysis, and how they are responding. Download Free PDF 







Community Investing Toolkit for the Faith Community (2009)
The faith-based toolkit is an introductory guide to community investing featuring quick and efficient ways for faith-based investors to get involved in community investing. Download Free PDF  | Order Printed Version






 

Mission in the Marketplace (2009)
A resource guide for foundations to manage risk and leverage their investment assets more fully with their core philanthropic purpose, while creating lasting value.  Download Free PDF | Order Printed Version
 








Global Research and Resources
For a listing of responsible investment resources around the world, please view our Global SRI page.