SRI could be described as an attempt to change the world via economics.
Usually SRI means that the investor avoids putting money into corporations
which produce social undesirables (alcohol, tobacco, firearms, etc.), belong to
problematic industries (defense, nuclear, etc.), or engage in poor behavior
(environmental degradation, war profiteering, discrimination in management,
etc.). This way the investor does not profit from social ills, and does not
give such corporations the benefit of her/his investment dollars. Note that the
definition of social ills depends on the investor; there are faith-based SR
investors as well as both liberal and conservative SR investors. A more
positive spin on SRI would have investors choosing to invest only into
corporations which effect social good with their products and/or behavior...
unfortunately, too few companies are completely good (by almost anyone's
definition) to make this a realistic investment strategy. We're still in the
SRI can also refer to shareholder activism, in which one hopes to promote positive corporate behavior by investing in a company and then voting one's shares with a social/political agenda. Shareholder activism is practiced both with poorly-behaving and with well-behaving companies.
some general SRI sites
Responsible Investing Basics for Individuals
some SR mutual fund sites
Domini (my favorite page there)
Ocean Rock Investments
these folks do that money management thing
Management - Socially and Environmentally Responsible Investing
Clean Yield Asset Management (their chief investment officer is a fellow Haverford alumn)
Rocky Mountain Humane Investing
Trillium Asset Management
First Affirmative Financial Network
other relevant sites
Studies of Socially Responsible
Investing which became FSinsight
MSCI creates SR indices
Clean Edge seems to be all about alternative-energy-related stocks/companies
Michael Bluejay's List of Socially Responsible Stocks
Fast Company magazine gives out Social Capitalist awards...and has other cool stuff, too.
Green America: Economic Action for a Just Planet
There's a reason I don't list Business for Social Responsibility here.
A different kind of SRI...Alternative
Gifts International Catalog
An even more different kind of SRI... RTMARK