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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Kaplan Business; 1st edition (December 19, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0793141737
  • ISBN-13: 978-0793141739
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #928,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

How to Profit While You’re Making a Difference It sounds like an oxymoron: Can you really make money as a socially responsible investor? The answer is, unquestionably, yes. The way you invest can contribute not only to your bottom line but also to a just and fair society. In Socially Responsible Investing, the movement’s pioneer and the name behind the Domini 400 Social Index—Amy Domini—shows you how. By following Domini’s methods for screening companies, you’ll learn how to:
*Select stocks based on social and ethical considerations.
*Use your power as a shareholder to communicate with companies and convince them to make positive social

changes—from environmental practices to human rights.
*Invest in your community and make a difference locally. If you had a choice, wouldn’t you rather invest your money where you knew it would make a positive difference? Socially responsible investing has helped alleviate suffering, has contributed to a cleaner world, and has constructed a framework within which companies become part of the solution—all while providing market-beating returns. Most investors operate on the concept that investing is an act without real world consequences. Nothing could be further from the truth. By following the strategies and techniques outlined in this important work, you can have it all—outstanding financial returns and a positive contribution to society.

About the Author

Amy L. Domini, founder of Domini Social Investments, is one of the leaders and foremost experts on socially responsible investing, or SRI. Coverage of her or her fund has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, CBSMarketwatch.com, CNBC Talking Stocks, the New York Times, and the Investment Advisor. She has been cited by Barron’s as one of the mutual fund industry’s 25 most influential people of the century, along with Charles Schwab, Peter Lynch, and Jack Bogle. Smart Money named her one of the “30 Most Influential People in Finance Today,” and Time magazine profiled her as an “Innovator of Finance.” Ms. Domini is truly a visionary on Wall Street.

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Tracy B Cox on July 16, 2004
Format: Paperback
This is the best book I've read in over a year! The author is a skilled writer with a powerful, useful message. She teaches complex ideas in plain language and is easy to understand. One of the "ah-ha!" moments for me was how she helped me see that my fear of understanding finance and investments was because I didn't want to become a cause of human suffering just to make enough to retire comfortably, and that investments in stocks and bonds have traditionally caused companies to focus only on profits (at any cost). She gave me a way to invest with a conscience, and to live my values. I am very grateful, and wholeheartedly recommend this book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Socially Responsible Investing on July 22, 2012
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In "my book", Amy Domini is one of the modern founders of Socially Responsible Investing ("SRI"). I bought her book thinking it was a must-read to increase my knowledge of the subject. However, what fascinated me more was the author herself. People that change the world have a special "recipe" to their genetic makeup. Their spirit entwines itself, becoming the very subject they're specializing in. Domini is just that - sprinkle in a bit of healthy disrespect for conventional wisdom with an intellectual curiosity of Einstein and moral authority of Reverend Martin Luther King.


Amy Domini is a preacher in her own right with a powerful message of corporate responsibility and human dignity. In 1989, Domini founded KLD Research, along with her ex-husband Peter Kinder and Steve Lydenberg. Domini helped create what was originally called the Domini 400 Social Index. She later founded the money-management firm Domini Social Investments. The firm's Social Equity Fund was the first to publicly post its Shareholder proxy-voting record (in April 1999).

Best For:

-Corporate Stakeholders (e.g., suppliers, shareholders, employees).
-Investors looking to become more familiar with SRI.
-Equity/Credit Analysts.
-Corporations wondering how the "other side" views them.

What I liked:

-The Case Study (comparing American Home Products with Johnson & Johnson) was interesting and insightful as it compared what at first appeared to be two similar companies.
-Ms. Domini gives several examples of companies that are socially responsible.
-The book is filled with reference material and Appendices.
-The reader gets a feel of Domini's personality, spirit & spunk.

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