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PUBLISHED : Monday, 26 March, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 26 March, 2012, 12:00am


The best sites for socially responsible investing:

Everyone should be interested in sustainability issues, so why not investigate how you can invest in companies that truly practise it? The US-based Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment is a non-profit organisation. It balances long-term money returns with social and corporate governance criteria. Besides publishing features and blogs, the site analyses mutual funds according to sustainability. Investors can filter for investments that meet their criteria. Performance charts provide a useful guide to see if your sustainable investment strategies match the market's.

Wind energy investing is a direct way to participate in the global trend towards renewable energy. This site for the American Wind Energy Association is a useful resource for learning about the industry. Sections covering education, trends, statistics and more allow savvy investors to study companies participating in every aspect of wind energy.

The site also provides news on projects and government policies towards the sector.

The site claims to be the largest personal finance site devoted to socially responsible investing with more than 10,000 webpages of information on the topic. The tools are impressive. Users can find charts, filters, news alerts and profiles. You can even order each fund's prospectus to check the fine print about its investment strategy. Sections for sustainability reports and shareholder actions allow investors to research a firm's sustainability policies, or to see if any group has filed complaints against it.