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The Way You Invest Matters
At Domini Social Investments, we seek to provide our shareholders with competitive performance on three levels — financial, social and environmental. We offer our investors what many have come to call "a triple bottom line."
Why do we pursue a "triple bottom line"? Simply because we are not only "investors," we are also concerned citizens. We are concerned about the state of the natural environment, and how corporations treat their workers and the communities in which they operate. We believe that a cleaner environment and a more equitable economy do not come about by accident — they are things that we all need to invest in. The investments we make today shape the world we will live in tomorrow.
What's the connection? Corporations may have worldwide operations, but they are as close to home as your portfolio. Those of us who hold mutual funds, or individual stocks, are profiting from their actions, good and bad. As investors, we have aligned our financial success with theirs.
Our investors choose to align their success with forward-thinking corporations — corporations that understand the value of their employees and the communities from which they draw their strength.
Investors are providing the fuel for the worldwide engines of commerce. Its wheels are running under our power and for our benefit but, for the most part, without any social or environmental policies or priorities.
As investors, we are participants in this financial system. As responsible investors, we are active participants:
- By using social and environmental factors to select our investments, we are teaching our financial systems to value more than a financial return.
- Since 1994, we filed more than 200 shareholder proposals, opening the door to in-depth discussions with senior management at some of the world's largest corporations about sweatshops, diversity, and environmental policies.
- Our bond fund has helped to make a real difference in people's lives by directing capital to help rebuild and strengthen communities in need.
Socially responsible investing is a strategy that recognizes that our investment decisions have an impact, every day. At Domini Social Investments, we are working to ensure that our investment decisions have a positive impact so that when our shareholders reach their financial goals they can enjoy a better world — a world that they helped to build.