We are so trusting as a society that things are “okay” that we don’t end up questioning the process. OR we aren’t personally affected by something so we tend to stay in our “own lane” as to not disrupt. I believe that we DO need to question the process to understand the impact. Someday that impact may affect us and for certain already is changing the lifestyle of someone else.
This month in our series of sustainability, we have touched upon:
The impact of investments and specifically the different (although broad) aspects of sustainable investments
We have provided insight into what our future looks like if we take charge and if we don’t.
This week we are going to talk about what we do in our day-to-day life.
I invite you to ask yourself …
What companies do you support by shopping at?
What are the companies you purchase goods from?
How are they manufactured and packaged?
How are you utilizing these products in your home?
What does the disposal process look like and does that impact would that make?
Think about the journey when you shop … from the moment you enter a store.
How is that store engaging with their employees?
How are they disposing of waste?
How are they supporting their community?
These are the questions to dig deeper into as there are a lot of layers to the decisions we make.
Do you have places you don’t shop at or eat at because they don’t align with your values? We all do for one reason or another.
There are actually companies that are defined by the questions above they are referred to as “Certified B Corporations.” These are a new kind of businesses that balance both purpose and profit. They are legally required to consider the impact of their decisions on their business, customers, suppliers, community, and the environment.
This is a community of leaders, driving a global movement of people using business as force of good!
B Corp Certification doesn’t just evaluate a product or service; it assesses the overall positive impact of the company that stands behind it. These companies also amend their legal governing documents to require their board of directors to balance profit and purpose. This combination of third-party validation, public transparency, and legal accountability help Certified B Corps build trust and value.
Learn more at http://www.bcorporation.net/
And it’s not just thinking about what companies and businesses you support but also thinking about where you give back. From both a volunteer and financial aspect.
When you decide to donate financially, I invite you to visit a great site called www.charitynavigator.org
They use a rating system and can assist you in finding a nonprofit that aligns with your passions and values. They rate based on finance and accountability, impact and results, leadership, and adaptability, as well as culture and community.
I know we all have so much going on and our time is limited, so when we think about taking on one more thing it can be overwhelming. That said, I challenge you to pick ONE thing that will make an impact in your community, world, and in your home and with your family.
I hope you enjoy our conversation and that you continue to join us as next month we will talk about shopping (so fun!) and preparing for the holidays. Feel free to schedule an appointment to our complimentary 30 min Wealth Assessment session to learn more about how we incorporate these strategies and other’s to assist you through the financial planning process.
Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) / Environmental Social Governance (ESG) investing has certain risks based on the fact that the criteria excludes securities of certain issues for non-financial reasons, and therefore, investors may forgo some market opportunities and the universe of investments available will be smaller.