• History & Growth

History shows that change happens when citizens put their money where their values are.

1968

The environmental movement begins when Apollo 8 transmits a live image of the Earth from the moon.

1971

Pax World becomes the first fund to screen for social and environmental issues.

1977

South Shore Bank offers the first community development deposits.

1970

Earth Day is celebrated for the first time.

1972

Students protest the Vietnam War and force universities to divest from companies manufacturing napalm.

1982

New Alternatives Fund becomes the first fund to invest in alternative energy.

1984

Socially Responsible Investment assets top $40 billion.*

1988

Apartheid in South Africa sparks widespread divestment around the globe.

1990

Domini Social Index becomes the first sustainable index.

1987

The United Nations defines sustainable development as "Meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

1989

The Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska leads to the Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies (CERES) establishing voluntary corporate codes of conduct regarding waste. reduction, energy conservation, and public safety.

1996

Meyers Pride Value Fund becomes the first fund to focus on LGBT friendly public companies.

2000

The Dow Jones Sustainability Index is launched.

1995

Socially Responsible Investment assets top $639 billion.*

1999

Home Depot stops sales of old-growth timber based on shareholder activism.

2003

The SEC, responding to pressure from socially responsible funds, requires mutual funds to begin disclosing proxy voting records and policies.

2006

The United Nations Principles of Responsible Investment is launched creating a global sustainability framework for companies and investors.

2014

Socially Responsible Investment assets top $6.2 trillion.*

2005

Socially Responsible Investment assets top $639 billion.*

2007

President George W. Bush signs legislation authorizing state and local governments to divest from companies doing business with Sudan.

*Source: Social Investment Forum, 2014 Report on U.S. Sustainable, Responsible and Impact Investing Trends.

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