The field of responsible investing has developed significantly over the past few decades. According to US SIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment, there were $8.72 trillion assets invested in sustainable, responsible and impact investing (SRI) strategies across the United States in 2016, or one-fifth of all assets under professional management. This was fourteen times the level of SRI assets invested back in 1995. While conventional asset managers and the academic community have more recently helped bring responsible investing to the mainstream, it was a small group of principled investors who built the groundwork for this movement.
Despite early skepticism, we have shown that investment strategies that include social and environmental standards can produce competitive returns. Now the question being asked is, "what impact are your investments having?"
With the growth of assets invested in the industry, we are witnessing change at a pace never seen before. Corporate leaders are rising to take action on climate change, defend diversity and immigration, and to advocate for sensible gun control, among many other environmental, social, and political issues.
By investing in the Domini Funds, you are part of a movement. We look forward to the day when responsible and impact investing is no longer considered a specialized strategy, but rather the only strategy for how the financial community operates.