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New Socially Responsible Investing Trends Report to Show SRI is Growing Faster Than Rest of Investment World

Published 03-03-08

Submitted by US SIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment

WASHINGTON, March 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Boosted by such factors as heightened institutional investor interest, growing investor demand for renewable energy opportunities, concerns about the Sudan humanitarian crisis, and the rapid rise of new products such as SRI-focused Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), socially responsible investing (SRI) in the U.S. is attracting assets at a faster rate than the broader universe of all investment assets under professional management, according to the new 2007 edition of the Social Investment Forum's Report on Socially Responsible Investing Trends in the United States.

The 2007 edition of the Trends report will be released at 1:30 p.m. ET Wednesday (March 5, 2008) during a live, phone-based national news conference.

News event speakers will be:

  • Social Investment Forum Board Chair Cheryl Smith CFA, Ph.D., who also is executive vice president and senior portfolio manager at Trillium Asset Management Corporation;

  • Social Investment Forum CEO Lisa Woll;

  • Walden Asset Management Senior Vice President Tim Smith, who also is former chair of the Social Investment Forum;

  • SIF Board Member and Trends Report Committee Chair Alisa Gravitz, who also is executive director, Co-op America; and

  • Trends report lead author Joshua Humphreys, Ph.D., who also is a lecturer at Harvard University and the director of the Center for Social Philanthropy.

    The Forum has issued periodic Trends reports on the world of SRI since 1995, most recently in 2005.

    TO PARTICIPATE: Join the live, phone-based news conference (including full, two-way Q&A) at 1:30 p.m. ET on March 5, 2008 by dialing 1(800) 860-2442. (Ask for the "Socially Responsible Investing Trends Report"
    news event.) To hear the telenews event in its entirety, dial in at least five minutes before the start time.

    CANT' PARTICIPATE?: A streaming audio recording of a related news event will be available on the Web as of 6 p.m. ET on March 5, 2008 at www.socialinvest.org. Copies of the Trends will be available to journalists upon request. The full Trends report is available at no cost to members of the Social Investment Forum and for a fee to non-Forum members.

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    US SIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment

    US SIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment

    The Social Investment Forum (SIF) is the only national membership association dedicated to advancing the concept, practice, and growth of socially and environmentally responsible investing (SRI). Our members integrate economic, environmental, social and governance factors into their investment decisions and SIF provides programs and resources to advance this work. SIF's membership includes more than 500 social investment practitioners and institutions, including financial professionals, analysts, portfolio managers, banks, mutual funds, researchers, foundations, community development organizations, and public educators.

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