Sustainable Investment Alliance
[The Global Sustainable Investment Alliance is] a collaboration of membership-based sustainable investment organizations around the world.
The GSIA’s mission is to deepen the impact and visibility of sustainable investment organizations at the global level.
Our vision is a world where sustainable investment is integrated into financial systems and the investment chain and where all regions of the world have coverage by vigorous membership based institutions that represent and advance the sustainable investment community.
Several goals direct GSIA’s work:
- to deepen the impact and visibility of GSIA members at the global level and to communicate about our distinctive role in national, regional and international arenas;
- to enhance the synergies between GSIA members;
- to undertake initiatives that would benefit from global coordination, and to enable GSIA members to support and supplement each other’s work where cross-border (regional and international) collaboration is needed or occurring;
- to enable GSIA members to be strong, effective and productive within their regional and national markets;
- to provide advice and support, where possible, to local and regional sustainable investment organizations.
- ASrIA – Association for Sustainable & Responsible Investment in Asia
- ASrIA is a Hong Kong based membership association dedicated to promoting sustainable finance and responsible investment (SRI) in the Asia Pacific. ASrIA aims to build market capacity for responsible investing by fostering the creation of SRI products and services and providing training and support services, including conferences, seminars, workshops, research projects and publications. ASrIA members are drawn from the Asian and international financial services industry who work to build momentum and raise the standards for SRI practice in Asia and beyond.
- ASrIA’s goal is to build market capacity for SRI. We provide insightful, up to date and accessible information on the development of SRI in Asia and globally. We have also become the platform for different sectors within the community to exchange information and perspectives on SRI, and to take practice forward.
- ASrIA has taken a leadership role in promoting sustainable investment in Asia since our founding in 2001. ASrIA has run conferences, seminars and workshops, and published wide-ranging research on SRI issues. ASrIA has also created a very wide network of organizations and individuals interested in the broad range of policy issues and investment strategies which are essential to the implementation of SRI in Asia. Through fostering the creation of SRI products and services and through the provision of training and support services we aim to build momentum for SRI in the region and to raise the standards of SRI practice.
- Eurosif – The European Sustainable Investment Forum
- The European Sustainable Investment Forum (Eurosif) is the leading European membership association whose mission is to develop sustainability through European financial markets.
- Eurosif works as a non-for-profit partnership of eight national Europe-based national Sustainable Investment Forums (SIFs) with the support and involvement of Member Affiliates.
- National sustainable investment forums in Europe to date include:
- Belsif, Belgium
- Forum Nachaltige Geldanlagen (FNG) e.V., Austria, Germany and Switzerland
- Forum per la Finanza Sostenibile (FFS), Italy
- Forum pour l’Investissement Responsable (FIR), France
- Spainsif, Spain
- Swesif, Sweden
- UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF), UK
- Vereniging van Beleggers voor Duurzame Ontwikkeling (VBDO), the Netherlands
- Eurosif Member Affiliates include a range of organisations covering the value chain of the sustainable investment industry, from institutional investors, asset managers to financial services providers, ESG analysis firms, academic institutes and NGOs, together representing assets totalling about € 1 trillion. Membership of Eurosif is open to organisations with a commitment to sustainable investing at a European level.
- Eurosif speaks authoritatively and broadly on European SRI (sustainable and responsible investment) issues. The main activities of Eurosif are public policy, research and creating platforms for nurturing sustainable investing best practices. For more details, please see www.eurosif.org.
- RIAA – Responsible Investment Association Australasia
- The Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA) is the peak industry body for professionals working in responsible investment in Australia and New Zealand. Almost every financial adviser, fund manager and consultant working in responsible investment is a member of RIAA together with many other professionals who work towards similar goals.
- In addition to helping professionals in the industry, RIAA also helps individuals and organisations to learn more about how they can make investment choices that take environmental, social, ethical or governance issues into account as well as financial objectives.
- RIAA was formed in 1999 as the Ethical Investment Association (EIA). The EIA pioneered programs such as the annual Benchmark Report, the specialist course for Financial Advisers and the world’s first Certification Program for products and services in the area of responsible investment. In 2007, due to the increasing diversity of members within the organisation and the broadening interest in this type of investment from professionals and consumers, the members of the EIA voted in favour of changing the name of the organisation to Responsible Investment Association Australasia. The term responsible investment was selected as it has been embraced by the global international investment community, government organisations, civil society and academia through the creation and implementation of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment. The term also captures the intent of a rapidly increasing number of investors who seek to act in an environmentally and socially responsible way while seeking positive financial outcomes.
- RIAA is committed to promoting the concept and practice of responsible investment to an increasingly engaged general public, the mainstream investment community, analysts, superannuation trustees, financial advisers, regulators, religious, charitable and other values-based organisations, government and non-government organisations and to the corporate sector.
- SIO – Social Investment Organization
- The Social Investment Organization (SIO) is a national membership-based organization that includes financial institutions, investment firms, financial advisors, and various organizations and individuals interested in socially responsible investment.
- The SIO’s purpose is to promote the practice of sustainable and socially responsible investment (SRI) in Canada. SRI is the integration of environmental, social and governance factors in the selection and management of investments.
- The SIO’s four-part mandate is:
- To take a leadership role in furthering the use of social and environmental criteria within the investment community in Canada
- To raise public awareness of socially responsible investment
- To establish the case for environmental/social analysis with other investment organizations
- To provide a forum and information source on socially responsible investment for our members and the public
- Our members believe that SRI represents a useful investment tool to enhance returns and reduce risk. It is also a catalyst for positive social change.
- UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF) supports the UK finance sector to be a global leader in advancing sustainable development through financial services. We promote and support responsible investment and other forms of finance that advance sustainable economic development, enhance quality of life and safeguard the environment. Founded in 1991, UKSIF has over 250 members including asset managers, pension funds, research providers, financial advisers and non-governmental organisations.
- US SIF – Formerly the Social Investment Forum (SIF) – is the U.S. membership association for professionals, firms, institutions and organizations engaged in sustainable and responsible investing. US SIF and its members advance investment practices that consider environmental, social and corporate governance criteria to generate long-term competitive financial returns and positive societal impact.
- Our vision is a world in which investment capital helps build a sustainable and equitable economy.
- US SIF’s members include investment management and advisory firms, mutual fund companies, research firms, financial planners and advisors, broker-dealers, banks, credit unions, community development organizations, non-profit associations, and pension funds, foundations and other asset owners.
- US SIF is supported in its work by the US SIF Foundation, a 501c3 organization that undertakes educational, research and programmatic activities to advance the mission of US SIF. Both organizations have staff in Washington, DC and a 17 member board.
- The Dutch Association of Investors for Sustainable Development (VBDO) works to create a sustainable capital market, a market that considers not only financial criteria but also non-financial, social and environmental criteria. VBDO’s vision is to increase sustainability awareness among companies and investors.
- The two parties in the capital market that VBDO deals with are the (private and institutional) investors and the companies in which are invested. With research and engagement, VBDO tries to encourage both parties in the capital market to be more sustainable.
- Since 1995, VBDO has attended the Annual General Meetings (AGMs) of publicly listed companies and posed questions to management on the topic of sustainability. Furthermore, research reports are published annually on responsible investment policies of large investors such as pension funds, insurance companies, charities en religious institutions. In addition to this, the VBDO has conducted research on sustainable savings and investments in the Netherlands, responsible supply chain management and investments in food commodities.