How to Make Your Money Matter: Exploring Socially Responsible Investing
- Tuesday, October 8, 2019 from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
- Norm Asbjornson Hall, Inspiration Hall - view map
A nationally known expert on environmental, social and governance investing will give a talk on investing in sustainable companies at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, in Inspiration Hall in Norm Asbjornson Hall on the campus of Montana State University. The talk is free and open to the public.
Leslie Samuelrich, president of Green Century Capital Management, will discuss shareholder advocacy — using stock ownership in companies to promote causes — as well as her company, which lists part of its mission as helping people save without compromising their values. Samuelrich also will discuss her role in managing funds for individuals and institutions using environmental, social and governance standards in investment analysis and portfolio construction.
Samuelrich has more than 25 years of experience in environmental, social and governance investing; corporate engagement; and environmental and public health advocacy. She has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, The New York Times, Responsible Investor, Barron’s and many other outlets. She is a guest lecturer on impact investing at The Wharton School and annually presents at dozens of national and regional industry conferences and events. Her company, Green Century Capital Management, is owned by a public health and environmental nonprofit.
Paul Lachapelle, professor in the Department of Political Science and Extension and an organizer of the lecture, said that, according to The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment, the total of U.S.-domiciled assets that are being managed using socially responsible investing strategies grew from $8.7 trillion at the start of 2016 to $12 trillion two years later.
“One-in-four dollars of the $46.6 trillion in total U.S. assets under professional management fall under SRI strategies,” Lachapelle said.
Lachapelle said the goal of Samuelrich’s lecture is to expose the campus and community to the emerging financial trend “and present how anyone can take advantage of opportunities that make both fiscal and sustainable sense.”
Samuelrich’s presentation is co-sponsored by MSU College of Letters and Science, MSU Extension Community Development Program, the MSU Office of Sustainability, the MSU Finance Club and Bozeman-based North Fork Financial. A reception will follow the lecture.
More information is available at: http://msucommunitydevelopment.org/impactinvesting.html.
- Paul Lachapelle