Mutual funds or ETFsOften investors own funds which hold individual stocks. If that is the case, learn more about the funds. In the prospectus of the fund, it will list every single stock position along with an investment philosophy. Because you are a paying customer of these fund families, you have every right to contact them to ask if they are considering the integration of any environmental or social screen within the fund. If they say no, you can ask them why not. Banking Though a component of the overall finance world, where we bank can also be a sustainable investment decision. For instance, some banks are still lending to companies involved in mountaintop removal coal mining. One report, the Annual Coal Finance Report Card, provides bank customers with a list of the banks involved in such lending. Investing ideas We compiled a list of stocks based on data from our partner CSRHub, searching for those names with high environmental ratings. First we used CSRHub's database to find publicly traded companies with an environmental score of 70 or higher, meaning they earn high marks for initiatives like environmental policy and reporting, waste management, energy use, and climate change policies. To limit our results, we only included publicly traded businesses that also scored well overall – with a rating of 65 or higher across all categories combined. We were left with three stocks on our list. In due time, perhaps, sustainable and responsible investing will be the norm. Click on the interactive chart below to see data over time. Do you take climate change into consideration when you invest? Use the list below as a starting point for your own analysis. 1. Pier 1 Imports, Inc. ( PIR): Operates as an importer and specialty retailer of imported decorative home furnishings and gifts in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Market cap at $2.08B, most recent closing price at $19.70. CSRHub Environmental rating: 86.
CSRHub Overall rating: 66.
3. Valassis Communications Inc. ( VCI): Operates as a media and marketing services company primarily in the United States. Market cap at $1.08B, most recent closing price at $28.63. CSRHub Environmental rating: 78. CSRHub Overall rating: 67. Adapted from the original Sustainvest blog post, available here. List compiled by Emily Smykal. Environmental ratings sourced from CSRHub. Analyst ratings sourced from Zacks Investment Research. All other data sourced from Finviz. Dale Wannen, a Kapitall contributor, is the coolest eco-conscious advisor out there, and President of Sustainvest Asset Management, an investment advisory firm focused on integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles into investment portfolios. He frequently writes and speaks on the topic of sustainable and responsible investing and believes that triple bottom line investing is something that all investors should be approaching. To learn more, Dale can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sustainvest Asset Management, LLC is a registered investment advisor based in Petaluma, CA which focuses on sustainable and responsible (SRI) investing. As an independent practice, we are able to give clients an objective view without any conflict of interests. This independence allows us to make decisions in the best interest of our clients. Sustainvest Asset Management does not sell financial products and is free to explore the best solutions for our client’s needs. Disclosure: The information contained in this letter has been prepared from sources we believe to be reliable, but we make no guarantee as to its accuracy. No information herein is intended as an offer or solicitation of an offer to sell or buy or as a sponsorship of any company or entity. Opinions expressed herein are subject to change without notice. The writings of authors do not necessarily represent the views of Sustainvest Asset Management LLC. There are certain risks involved with investing.