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Socially Responsible Investing (SRI)

Socially Responsible Investing (SRI)

In recent years, many people have become interested in Socially Responsible Investing, or SRI (also known as ethical investing). a growing field in which money managers buy and sell stocks based on a company's environmental and social record, labor relations and other issues. Over the past decade or so, the growth of ‘ethical funds’ has been substantial, from approximately 10 funds in the early to mid-1990s to over 50 different funds by 2005. Although the $36 billion invested in these mutual funds in 2005 was still less than 1 percent of the $5.6 trillion market, it was more than triple the level of such investment in 2000.

October 13, 2007

Fast Food, A Healthy Option?

Fast Food, A Healthy Option?

The obesity epidemic in the United States is cause for concern, not only for individuals, but also for the broader society. The cost of public health in this area could become enormous in the coming years and activists are demanding that restaurants display information on the nutritional benefits (or lack thereof) of their food so consumers can make choices based on ‘personal responsibility.’ Not all food at restaurants like McDonald’s, Burger King, or other major chains is necessarily bad for you, but it is important to make good decisions in order to maintain a healthy diet.

October 11, 2007

A New Brand for Nike, a Better Fit for American Indians

A New Brand for Nike, a Better Fit for American Indians

Nike unveils a new shoe designed especially for the unique contours of the American Indian foot and sold exclusively through its Native American business program. Feathers and sunrises included.

October 9, 2007

Health Club Memberships

Health Club Memberships

You have the best intentions of getting in physical shape when you take your first step into the health club, but get mentally prepared for the questionable ethics of health club membership structures.

October 8, 2007

Indy Music: Fair Trade with a Beat

Indy Music: Fair Trade with a Beat

For years, music aficionados and fans have complained about the high cost of albums put out by the major music labels. For instance, CDs have remained at the relatively the same price since the mid-1980s when they first became widely available, despite the fact that the cost of making a CD has dropped. These high costs have been at the center of a battle over file-sharing, or pirating.  The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) blames file-sharing for the poor financial state of the music industry.  The association has sued everyone from schoolchildren to elderly grandmothers. (The RIAA’s image was damaged in 2005 when it subpoenaed an 83-year-old grandmother, Gertrude Walton, accusing her of swapping rock, pop and rap songs. Mrs. Walton died a number of months prior to the case).

October 8, 2007

Buy It

  • A magazine that gives your subscription dollars to non-profits
  • Give to charity while enjoying high-quality organic food
  • EcoStrip
    Energy saving power strip for computer workstations
  • NMC
    Internet toy store sells only American and EU made toys.

Don't Buy It

  • Altria? Formerly known as Philip Morris
  • Numerous ethical problems with largest maker of household products in U.S.
  • Genetic Engineering and Monopolistic behavior = Monsanto
  • Processed meat sold as 'natural' food. Union-buster.
  • Weapons-maker. Multiple environmental offender.