Socially responsible investing

5 Companies That Really Do Care About the World

Consumers are becoming more and more socially conscious and want the goods and services they use to measure up. Here are five companies that make an effort to make the world a better place while making a tidy profit for themselves:

Companies Pitching Lofty Ideals in Ads?

The Nike Foundation and Liberty Mutual recently took top honors at The World Business Academy's EthicMark Awards, which recognize advertising that "uplifts the human spirit and society." The winning companies have hit the pulse of a modern necessity -- that people (including corporate management) be about something more than just the latest trend.

More Retirement Plans Get a Conscience

Americans may soon get the opportunity to invest more conscientiously in their workplace retirement accounts: A new survey shows that more and more employers are adding socially responsible investment choices to their plans, screening companies based on social and environmental impact.

How to Do Well and Do Good: Invest in Local Businesses

When it comes to money, it can be hard to choose between "doing good" -- say, by donating to charity -- and "doing well" -- deploying it to earn more money, say, by buying stock. But there are ways to combine both ideals, and one is by putting your money where your town is.

Does Your Socially Responsible ETF Include Haliburton?

Investors wanting their portfolio to support their values can now choose socially responsible ETFs. But buyer beware -- depending on the index they track, these funds may include companies like Transocean and Haliburton, of the Gulf oil spill fame.

Socially Responsible ETFs Poised for Growth

A small but growing number of exchange-traded funds are popping up to support socially responsible businesses, and experts expect to see 'an explosion' of these funds soon. But are ETFs the best way to spur change -- and earn returns?

Exchange-Traded Funds Get Religion

More people are putting their money where their values are -- a sentiment that isn't lost on money managers. Just this week, the first of three exchange-traded funds targeted at Christian investors hit the market. Two more will launch next week.

Socially responsible investing matures

An article in The Wall Street Journal looks at the changing face of socially responsible investing.Socially responsible investment funds generally...