The SRI Conference celebrates 25 years this November 9th-11th. Take a look at this impressive timeline from the SRI Conference team, which shares four decades of socially responsible investing history.
Take a look at 1982. It was an exciting time in SRI: the launch of Calvert Social Investment Funds, Trillium Asset Management, and the first environmental mutual fund from New Alternatives Fund. This same year, our parent organization Green America was born as a nonprofit driven to solve social and environmental challenges through economic solutions.
Three years later, we saw the birth of US SIF, the Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investing. Green America served as US SIF's secretariat for over a decade of its history.
In 1988, First Affirmative Financial Network (FAFN) was founded. FAFN owns and produces the SRI Conference in collaboration with many other SRI industry organizations, and all FAFN members are part of Green America's Green Business Network as well..
The SRI Conference was founded as SRI in the Rockies back in 1990. At the time, Green America and the SRI community played a critical role in ending apartheid in South Africa through major divestment campaigns. The Calvert Foundation's community development programs, for example, helped the South African people create the jobs and businesses that drive prosperity, pushing the nation towards greater social, political and economic justice.
The years since have seen booming growth in SRI assets, the birth of many new funds, shareholder advocacy, and coalescing around fossil fuel divestment. See the complete timeline of four decades of SRI (PDF) - and check out how the SRI Conference has grown steadily over time along with this critical sector of the green economy.
Save the date for this year's SRI Conference, celebrating 25 years: Nov. 9-11, back at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. We'll be there along with hundreds of investors and investment professionals who are SRI members of the Green Business Network, working to direct investment capital towards a greener future. If you're an SRI professional, join your peers in GBN by becoming a member.
To join the conference as a sponsor or submit a proposal for the agenda, head on over to the SRI Conference site.