May 10, 2007

Socially Responsible Investing

Officials at PERSI, Idaho's public workers retirement fund, are reviewing calls to end investments in companies doing business in Sudan. Four other states have passed legislation calling for this type of divestment because of charges of mass genocide in Sudan's Darfur region.

Using investments to push for social change is nothing new, but now corporations are also jumping on the bandwagon. They are promoting their socially responsible or green investments. How can you make your money work for your moral, ethical or political views? How are states using their financial clout to push for change? Joan Cartan-Hansen and her guests will discuss socially responsible investing for individuals as well as government funds and its impact on public policy.

Cartan-Hansen will be joined by Lisa Leff, a certified financial analyst with Trillium Asset Management Corporation, Jim Angresano, a political economy professor at Albertson College and a recently named Teacher of the Year for 2006 from the Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of Teaching and Keith Brainard, Research Director, National Association of State Retirement Administrators.