Books are still the most effective way to communicate complex
ideas, or give detailed descriptions of events and activities
not readily conveyable in video mode. Social investment, not being
much of a spectator sport, has been well served by the publication
of dozens of very good books written on the subject in the last
Three particularly good books stand out: The Canadian Ethical
Money Guide, Investing for Good, and The Social
The 1998 Canadian Ethical Money Guide, Eugene Ellmen, James
Lorimer and Co., Halifax, 1997
"The authoritative guide to social investment in Canada.
Takes investors - beginning or experienced - through the challenges
of managing money in a socially responsible way. 1998 edition
includes for the first time, reviews of 15 ethical mutual funds,
recommendations on labour funds and information on 10 leading
edge Canadian corporate citizens.
Eugene Ellmen is a past advisor to the Ontario government, as well as a former business and finance writer with Canadian Press. He is a frequent contributor in the media on economic and business issues and is a founding member of the Social Investment Organization."
[The 1997 edition of this book sold 2600 copies, according
to the author. ]
Investing for Good: Making Money While Being Socially Responsible,
Peter Kinder, Steven Lydenberg and Amy Domini, HarperCollins Publishers,
Inc., New York, 1993
"This book takes a long-term approach to investing and discusses
different kinds of screens that can be applied when deciding which
businesses to support with your investments and which to exclude.
It offers a comprehensive directory of organizations and mutual
funds, as well as a thorough glossary of SRI-related terms."
The Social Investment Almanac : A Comprehensive Guide to Socially
Responsible Investing, Peter Kinder, Steven Lydenberg and
Amy Domini, eds., Henry Holt and Co., 1992
"The standard reference and resource book for individuals
and professionals investigating the opportunities of social investment.
It devotes particular attention to environmental investing and
covers international SRI as well. Table of Contents: I. Social
Investing; II. Shareholder Action; III. Corporate Social Accountability
Research; IV. The Social Portfolio; V. Community Development Investing;
VI. Consumer & Employment Issues Affecting Social Investing;
VII. Social Investing Outside the U.S.; Appendix."