I’ve never engaged in Millennial bashing because I can’t think of anything bash-worthy. I love Millennials! I have two daughters, both in their twenties. They don’t do things the way I did at their age but that doesn’t matter because I appreciate their different point of views and passions. For example, my daughters and their friends care about the earth. They place a high value on friends, teamwork, and collaboration. In general, Millennials tend to prefer experiences over things.
I was privileged to participate on a panel at a women’s breakfast hosted by the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy at the end of April. The title was “Be Your Own Environmental Hero: Fresh Strategies without the Politics.” I’ve been thinking a lot about this topic and reflecting on why this issue is so important to me.
Beginning in March, the first issue of Birchwood’s The Leaf newsletter will hit inboxes.
The Leaf will share Sustainable, Responsible, Impact (SRI) investing articles and stories on how companies, organizations and investors are making an impact. We believe all investing makes an impact and Birchwood wants to share information on how investors are making a conscious effort to consider what they are investing in and how those investments are positively impacting people, companies, communities and our natural environment.
Article 3 in a Series
Our third and final article in this series will focus on defining what are Sustainable, Responsible, Impact (SRI) investing trends, myths/beliefs and misconceptions. If you missed the first two articles, read them here: What is SRI Investing? and ESG Integration and Risk Management.
Article 2 in a Series
Our second article focuses on further discussing ESG Integration and Risk Management.
Although the idea of ethical investing has been around for centuries, we tend to think of it in the framework of the last 40 years, starting with the Vietnam War, moving to the issue of apartheid in South Africa, to many more contemporary issues. It has moved from being primarily thought of as a liberal social justice focus, to now encompassing a wide variety of beliefs.
Article 1 in a Series
Many of you know that I’ve been interested and involved in Sustainable, Responsible, Impact investing (SRI) for most of my financial planning career. As a member of the USSIF (Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investments) for over 25 years, I have seen the industry change significantly as well as an increase of interest from clients to learn more. This is the first article in a series that will focus on explaining what SRI is and highlighting how it can play a role in your portfolio.