The prime way membership-based organizations have of keeping their
members informed is to issue periodic newsletters. SRI trade associations,
for example, do this. There are some newsletters, though, that
are sold in their own right, rather than as part of a membership
package. The aforementioned GreenMoney Journal is a case in point
[see Publishers and Distributors in the Players section].
Apart from GreenMoney, there are two other newsletters worth noting:
Franklin Research's Insight and the Corporate Ethics Monitor.
"Franklin Research's Insight, a monthly newsletter on socially
responsible investing. Founded in 1983, Franklin Research's Insight
offers the most complete service of any social investment newsletter.
You can subscribe to either of two monthly services - one intended
for those with an interest in corporate social responsibility
and the other geared for investment professionals and active individual
The Basic Service - $29.95
Investing for a Better World
Investing for a Better World explores how social and environmental
concerns can impact your choice of investments. From environmental
stewardship to human rights, employee relations to corporate citizenship,
we look at how companies and investors are confronting the issues
of our time. Investing for a Better World also keeps you up-to-date
on developments in social and environmental screening. Recent
lead story topics have included pressure by social investors on
the tobacco industry and an analysis of the Body Shop's social
Investing for a Better World features:
The Professional Service - $225.00
Franklin Research's Insight
Franklin Research's Insight includes Investing for a Better World, but goes on to offer more specific investment advice. Whether you are an individual or an institutional investor, this information will allow you to manage your assets on a socially screened basis. Each month subscribers receive the following:
A model portfolio of recommended stocks.
Two-page profiles on two companies that are of special interest
to social investors. We profile and recommend companies that meet
or exceed our social screens, which include animal rights, corporate
citizenship, employee relations, environmental conduct, and international
A two-page profile on the social record of a large, controversial
...Fresh Produce, a quarterly investment newsletter for young
[Investing for a Better World is now affiliated with Trillium Asset Management]
"The Corporate Ethics Monitor, now in its ninth year of publication,
is the only regular source of Canadian research on the social,
labour and environmental practices of Canadian companies. Subscriptions
are available for one year (6 issues) or three years (18 issues).
The publication has been described as containing "Extraordinarily
insightful articles on issues directly relevant to the screening
process. The Corporate Ethics Monitor offers a unique view of
corporate accountability tailored to the social investor's needs".
Investing For Good (1993)
Each sixteen page issue contains: