What is ESG investing?

Short answer? It’s a belief in a better world.

ESG investing. Impact investing. Ethical investing. Socially responsible investing. What’s the difference between these terms, which are often used interchangeably by investors who want to create positive change?

Our recent ESG survey (conducted in partnership with Kiplinger’s Personal Finance), proved that even many established investors can’t define “ESG investing.” In fact, only 49 percent of investors surveyed were familiar with the term, even though 71 percent understood “socially responsible investing.”

But our founder and responsible investing pioneer, Amy Domini, has this to say about it all:

“I refuse to try to suss out supposed differences between the various vocabulary words. To me they’re all identical.”

“Here’s what I believe,” Amy continued. “I believe we all want ecological sustainability. We want the planet to exist. We all want universal human dignity. We want life to be worth living. Those are common goals. Now do we believe that investors, which control such massive resources globally, have a role to play in providing this future of a surviving planet that’s worth living on. If you answer yes to that question, then come with me. That’s my field. That’s what we’re talking about here.”


Is that what you believe? Then no matter the term you use to describe your preferred way of investing, you may like to sign up to receive a Domini information kit.

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Methodology

The Kiplinger-Domini national public opinion poll on ESG Investing was conducted August 4 to August 10, 2021, with 1,029 respondents. The survey has a margin of error of +/- 3.52%. Respondents were screened for age (25 and older), annual income (at least $75,000), and non-retirement investments (minimum of $10,000). A survey quota was implemented around familiarity with the term “ESG investing” to ensure that about half of the respondents were familiar with the term prior to taking the survey. Responses for some questions may not add up to 100 due to rounding or may exceed 100 if respondents could select more than one response.

Before investing, consider the Funds’ investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. Contact us for a prospectus containing this and other information. Read it carefully.

The Domini Funds are not bank deposits, are not insured and are subject to certain risks. You may lose money. The Domini Impact Equity Fund is subject to impact investing, portfolio management, information, market and recent events risks. The Domini International Opportunities Fund is subject to foreign investing, geographic focus, country, currency, and impact investing risks. The Domini Sustainable Solutions Fund is subject to sustainable investing, portfolio management, information, market and recent events risks. The Domini Impact International Equity Fund is subject to foreign investing and emerging markets, geographic focus, country, currency, and impact investing risks. Investing internationally involves special risks, such as currency fluctuations, social and economic instability, differing security regulations and accounting standards limited public information, possible changes in taxation, and periods of illiquidity. The Domini Impact Bond Fund is subject to impact investing, portfolio management, style, information, and market risks. Shares of the Domini funds are offered for sale only in the United States.

The Adviser’s evaluation of environmental and social factors in its investment selections and the timing of the Subadviser’s implementation of the Adviser’s investment selections will affect the Fund’s exposure to certain issuers, industries, sectors, regions, and countries and may impact the relative financial performance of the Fund — positively or negatively — depending on whether such investments are in or out of favor. Public health crises caused by the COVID-19 outbreak may exacerbate other pre-existing political, social and economic risks in certain countries or globally.

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DSIL Investment Services LLC (DSILD) distributor, Member FINRA.

Domini Impact Investments LLC (Domini) is the Funds’ investment manager. The Funds are subadvised by unaffiliated entities.

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