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Resources for Applying Eco-Friendly Practices in Your Finances

Investors are increasingly applying non-financial factors such as environmental concerns, social justice, and governance practices (or ESG) as part of their analysis process to identify material risks and growth opportunities. Here are some resources to better understand what this means for your investments.

Important Terms for Eco-Friendly Investing

Green investing:

Green investing refers to investing activities aligned with environmentally-friendly business practices and the conservation of natural resources. Investors can support green initiatives by buying green mutual funds, green index funds, green ETFs, green bonds, or by holding stock in environmentally-friendly companies.

Socially responsible investing (SRI)

Socially responsible investing (SRI) is an investing strategy that aims to generate both social change and financial returns for an investor. Socially responsible investments can include companies making a positive sustainable or social impact, such as a solar energy company, and exclude those making a negative impact.

ESG (Environment, Social & Governance)

ESG stands for environmental, social and governance. These are non-financial factors investors use to measure an investment or company’s sustainability.

Watch video on what it means to be a socially conscious investor:


Read Blog on ESG Investing


More Articles & Resources for Eco-Friendly Investing


Eco-Friendly Guide to Finances and Saving

This guide from MoneyGeek offers expert advice and insight, valuable tools and resources designed to help you develop a “green” approach to your finances.


6 Ways to Make Your Money More Sustainable

Financial Benefits of an Eco-friendly Business

Financial Benefits of an Eco-friendly Business


Green money: how your finances can help the planet

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