US SIF Foundation Releases Report on Impact of Sustainable and Responsible Investment

WASHINGTON, DC- Sustainable and responsible investors have been, and continue to be, a force for positive change, according to a report released today by the US SIF Foundation's Center for Sustainable Investment Education. The Impact of Sustainable and Responsible Investment details how sustainable and responsible investors have influenced the investment industry, investors, companies, communities, and public policy and standard setting organizations.

Specifically, the paper presents examples of how sustainable and responsible investors have:

  • changed the investment industry and added options for investors in public equities, depository institutions, loan funds, and private equity and other alternative investments
  • improved companies through active ownership and engagement
  • helped communities and individuals
  • influenced public policy and developed global standard-setting organizations

US SIF Foundation CEO Lisa Woll said, “The ideas and practices advanced through sustainable and responsible investment have captured global attention and are increasingly being integrated into investment decisions.  Some of the most sophisticated investors around the world now understand that sustainable and responsible investment  provides important insights and mitigates risks while also benefiting society. 

Sustainable and responsible investment professionals have changed the investment industry by challenging and shifting traditional notions of investment practices. They have advanced the inclusion of ESG considerations in investment decisions to generate both positive societal impact and long term competitive financial returns. In so doing, they have brought to market new investment options and services across a wide range of asset classes that appeal to both individual and institutional investors and help address serious social and environmental challenges.”

The Impact of Sustainable and Responsible Investment will be updated periodically.   

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The US SIF Foundation is a 501c3 organization that undertakes educational, research and programmatic activities to advance the mission of US SIF.   The Center for Sustainable Investment Education serves the growing need of investment professionals in the United States to gain expertise in the field of sustainable and responsible investment.  The Center provides high quality education, research and thought leadership on sustainable investment to investors, investment advisors, consultants and analysts.

US SIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment is the US membership association for professionals, firms, institutions and organizations engaged in sustainable and responsible investing. US SIF and its members advance investment practices that consider environmental, social and corporate governance criteria to generate long-term competitive financial returns and positive societal impact. US SIF's members include investment management and advisory firms, mutual fund companies, research firms, financial planners and advisors, broker-dealers, banks, credit unions, community development organizations, non-profit associations, and pension funds, foundations and other asset owners.

Contact: Megan Smith,, 202-747-7820