Nonprofit Organizations

Non-Profit Organizations – the following is a non-comprehensive list of organizations involved with some aspect of sustainable investing issues.

  • 350.org – international grassroots effort to raise awareness of the need to decrease carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere to 350 parts per million:  www.350.org

  • As You Sow – promotes environmental and social corporate responsibility through shareholder advocacy, coalition building, and innovative legal strategies:  www.asyousow.org

  • CDP – formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project, represents institutional investors to request information on carbon, forests, water, and supply chains from companies in order to provide investors with reports and data:  www.cdp.net

  • Ceres – advocates for sustainability leadership that mobilizes investors, companies, and public interest groups to accelerate the adoption of sustainable business practices:  www.ceres.org

  • CICERO Climate Financeaims to translate policy scenarios into sector or industry-level impacts, and trace down physical impact research to potential company-level impacts: www.cicero.uio.no/en/cicero-climate-finance 
  • Commonfund – institutional investment management firm serving the non-profit and pension investment communities, including a significant outsourced management practice for endowments:  www.commonfund.org

  • Confluence Philanthropy – a non-profit network of over 200 private, public, and community foundations, that works to enhance the ability of foundations to align the management of assets with organizational mission to promote environmental sustainability and social justice:  www.confluencephilanthropy.org

  • Croatan Institute - an independent institute for advanced social and environmental research and engagement: http://www.croataninstitute.org/
  • Divest-Invest – a series of initiatives focused on encouraging various investor groups (individuals, philanthropy, Europe) to divest from fossil fuels and invest in climate solutions:  divestinvest.org

  • Global Reporting Initiative – provides a sustainability reporting framework to help companies measure and communicate sustainability performance information, with the mission of making sustainability reporting standard practice:  www.globalreporting.org

  • Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility – interfaith-based institutional investment center sponsoring shareholder resolution discussions and SRI; members include faith-based institutions, socially responsible asset management companies, unions, pension funds, and colleges and universities:  iccr.org

  • International Integrated Reporting Council – promotes integrated reporting of organizations’ financials, sustainability performance, strategy, governance, and prospects, in the context of its external environment: www.theiirc.org  

  • Invest With Values – free educational website that features a directory of over 300 resources and organizations, and a community discussion forum both focused on aligning money and values through Local Banking, Community Investing, Sustainable & Responsible Investing and Impact Investing:  investwithvalues.com

  • Investor Network on Climate Risk – a network convened by Ceres of more than 110 institutional investors representing more than $13 trillion in assets committed to addressing the risks and seizing the opportunities resulting from climate change and other sustainability challenges:  www.ceres.org/investor-network/incr

  • Montreal Carbon Pledge – a commitment investors make to measure and publicly disclose the carbon footprint of their investment portfolios on an annual basis:  montrealpledge.org
  • National Association of College and University Business Officers – national membership association for chief financial officers and other business officers of colleges and universities:  www.nacubo.org

  • Portfolio Decarbonization Coalition – mobilizes financial markets to catalyze economic decarbonization:  unepfi.org/pdc

  • Principles for Responsible Investing – international network of investors working together to put the six Principles for Responsible Investment into practice:  www.unpri.org

  • Responsible Endowments Coalition – organizes students, alumni, university administrators, and the larger community to challenge and pressure universities to invest their endowments more responsibly:  www.endowmentethics.org

  • Second Nature – works to make sustainability a strategic imperative for colleges and universities; is the supporting organization of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment:  www.secondnature.org

  • Sustainability Accounting Standards Board – works to establish industry-based sustainability standards for the recognition and disclosure of material ESG impacts by companies traded on US exchanges:  www.sasb.org

  • Sustainable Endowments Institute – works to advance institutional responses to the climate crisis, focusing on sustainable use of endowment and operations assets; leads the Billion Dollar Green Challenge, encouraging campuses to establish “green revolving funds”:  www.GreenBillion.org

  • Sustainable Investments Institute – conducts impartial research and publishes reports on organized efforts to influence corporate behavior on social and environmental issues:  www.siinstitute.org

  • UNEP Financing Initiative – a global partnership between UNEP and the financial sector. Over 200 institutions, including banks, insurers and fund managers, work with UNEP to understand the impacts of environmental and social considerations on financial performance:  www.unepfi.org
  • US SIF – The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment – a US membership association for professionals, firms, institutions, and organizations engaged in sustainable and responsible investing:  www.ussif.org