Steven D. Lydenberg
Partner, Strategic Vision
Steven Lydenberg is Partner, Strategic Vision for Domini Social Investments.
Mr. Lydenberg provides strategic vision and direction to guide the firm’s policies, procedures, and daily practices. He exercises oversight of the integration of Domini’s social and environmental standards into its research processes and into its communications with shareholders in the Domini Funds, the corporations these Funds invest in, and the public. Mr. Lydenberg previously served as the firm’s Chief Investment Officer, Vice President of Domini Funds, and was a co-founder of the Domini 400 Social Index, the first index to utilize social and environmental standards.
Mr. Lydenberg has been active in researching the social and environmental performance of corporations since 1975. Mr. Lydenberg was a co-founder of KLD Research & Analytics, Inc. and served as its research director from 1990 to 2001. From 1987 to 1989, he was an associate with Franklin Research and Development Corporation (now known as Trillium Asset Management). For 12 years he worked with the Council on Economic Priorities, ultimately as director of corporate accountability research.
Steve has written numerous publications on issues of corporate social responsibility. He is the author of Corporations and the Public Interest (Berrett-Koehler, 2005), coauthor of Dilemmas in Responsible Investment (Greenleaf, 2011), Investing for Good (Harper Collins, 1993), coeditor of The Social Investment Almanac (Henry Holt, 1992), and coauthor of Rating America’s Corporate Conscience (Addison-Wesley, 1986), and has published a variety of papers on the philosophy and practice of sustainable investing. Mr. Lydenberg is a founding director of the Institute for Responsible Investment and is a member of the Boston Security Analysts Society.
Steve holds a B.A. in English from Columbia College and an M.F.A. in theater arts from Cornell University, and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Mr. Lydenberg has written numerous publications on issues of corporate social responsibility. He is the coauthor of Dilemmas in Responsible Investment (Greenleaf, 2011), author of Corporations and the Public Interest (Berrett-Koehler, 2005), coauthor of Investing for Good (Harper Collins, 1993), coeditor of The Social Investment Almanac (Henry Holt, 1992), and coauthor of Rating America’s Corporate Conscience (Addison-Wesley, 1986) and has published a variety of papers on the philosophy and practice of sustainable investing.
- Socially Responsible Investing and Purchasing with Katie Grace, published in New Frontiers of Philanthropy, Lester M. Salamon (Oxford University Press, August 2014, est.)
- Ethics, Politics, Sustainability and the 21st Century Trustee, published in Socially Responsible Investing in the 21st Century: Does It Make a Difference for Society? (Emerald Group Publishing Limited, May 2014)
- Responsible Investment Indexes: Origins, Nature and Purpose with Alexi White, published in The Routledge Handbook of Responsible Investment (Routledge, March 2014)
- Emerging Trends in Environmental, Social, and Governance Data and Disclosure: Opportunities and Challenges, published by the International Finance Corporation (Private Sector Brief 32, January 2014)
- Responsible Investors: Who They Are, What They Want, published in the Journal of Applied Corporate Finance (Vol. 25, No. 3, Summer 2013)
- Reason, Rationality and Fiduciary Duty, winner of the 2012 IRRC Foundation prize for practitioner research on post-Modern Portfolio Theory development (February 2013)
- On Materiality and Sustainability: The Value of Disclosure in the Capital Markets, published by the Institute for Responsible Investment (September 2012)
- Beyond Risk: Notes toward a Responsible Investment Theory, published in Corporate Governance Failures: The Role of Institutional Investors in the Global Financial Crisis (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011)
- Integrated Reporting and Key Performance Indicators with Jean Rogers, published in The Landscape of Integrated Reporting: Reflections and Next Steps (Harvard Business School, November 2010)
- Sustainability Ratings: Time for a Common Framework, summary of session at BSR Conference (November 4, 2010)
- From Transparency to Performance: Industry-Based Sustainability Reporting on Key Issues with Jean Rogers and David Wood, published by the Institute for Responsible Investment (August 2010)
- How to Read a Corporate Social Responsibility Report: A User’s Guide with David Wood, published by the Institute for Responsible Investment (January 2010)
- Markets at Risk: The Limits of Modern Portfolio Theory, published in conjunction with the 2nd Summit on the Future of the Corporation hosted by Corporation 20/20 (June 2009)
- Mainstream or Daydream? The Future for Responsible Investing with Graham Sinclair (Journal of Corporate Citizenship, April 2009)
- Building the Case for Long-Term Investing in Stock Markets: Breaking Free from the Short-Term Measurement Dilemma from Finance for a Better World: The Shift Toward Sustainability (Palgrave Macmillan, April 2009)
- Foreword to Sustainable Investing: The Art of Long-Term Performance (Earthscan, December 2008)
- Trust Building and Trust Busting: Corporations, Government and Responsibilities (Journal of Corporate Citizenship, Autumn 2003).
- Envisioning Socially Responsible Investing: A Model for 2006 and summary (Journal of Corporate Citizenship, Autumn 2002).