April 18, 2013
US SIF Launches Online Course on Sustainable Investment
by Robert Kropp
The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment launches the Center for Sustainable Investment
Education and the first online course offering of its kind in the US.
The nonprofit US SIF Foundation of US SIF: The
Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment announced last week that it has launched the
Center for Sustainable Investment Education, an initiative designed to help investment
professionals gain expertise in sustainable investment.
The Center is the first US-based
source of online educational courses in sustainable investment; in 2010, the Responsible Investment Association Australasia
(RIAA) launched the Responsible Investment
Academy, the stated goal of which "is moving away from the maximization of short-term financial
returns toward long-term objectives" that incorporate ESG (environmental, social, and corporate
The Center has launched its first online course, entitled Fundamentals
of Sustainable and Responsible Investment. Fundamentals consists of four modules, including an
overview of sustainable investment; portfolio construction and shareowner advocacy; current trends
and issues; and communicating sustainable investment expertise to clients.
provided by the Center will include information on community investment, thematic handbooks on
individual issue areas, and research reports.
"Research and practical experience tells us
that many financial professionals want to know more about sustainable, impact and mission
investing, but do not have the tools at their disposal to obtain this expertise," US SIF CEO Lisa
Woll said. "The Center is an easily accessible resource and Fundamentals of Sustainable and
Responsible Investment is the first of what will ultimately be a series of online courses covering
basic and specialized topics on investing for financial performance as well as social and
Paul Hilton, Portfolio Manager at Trillium Asset Management and Vice-Chair of the US SIF
board, said, "There has never been a more important time to help train financial intermediaries to
handle the increased demand for SRI from both retail and institutional investors."
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