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Giving and Investing


By Gary Gach


In our last column, we probed the split our society sets up between our work and our play (Does your job description stipulate that you get paid not to laugh? After work, do you work too hard at maximizing your “leisure time”?) Today, I'd like to begin with another dichotomy – giving and investing.

Question: Must we aim for high earnings on our investments so as to have enough to donate – rather than have our investments themselves be doing good in the world? (That's been the industry-wide screen, corralling investors into higher yields rather than towards heart fulfillment.)


Answer: Good news! There are now a wealth of viable ways of healing a needless split between our material/financial values and moral/spiritual values. (Because, after all, nothing is really separate.)


The possibilities live under a general semantic umbrella known as SRI (Socially Responsible Investing). Other acronyms are CSR and ESG (Corporate Social ... Log in or subscribe to continue reading.

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