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oroeco climate impact fund

Oroeco is working to create the world’s greenest investment fund– but we need your help! We’ve partnered with Trucost, Confluence Capital, and various nonprofits to create a diversified portfolio of industry climate leaders, but we want to engage YOU in the process. We have created an awesome voting system that let’s you choose the companies that you think worthy, helping to build a fund for everyone. Together we can build the world’s first crowd-sourced investment product, a diversified portfolio that represents our passion for better business and a cleaner world.

Welcome to Oroeco’s Climate Impact Fund.

The Climate Impact Fund will be a diversified exchange-traded fund (ETF) that provides competitive financial returns while reducing climate pollution per dollar invested by over 80% (vs. the S&P 500). This first Climate Impact Fund (and we hope to build many!) will include only companies that have the best climate performance in their industries based on Trucost data for over 4,700 companies. All fossil fuel companies are already excluded from the list, so our fund will go above and beyond the requirements of the fossil free divestment movement. Sustainable investment advisers and our partners at leading environmental nonprofits have worked hard to help us screen our stocks for other environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria, like labor conditions, biodiversity and toxics. So the list you see below includes companies already making progressive change… but we need you to make it better.

We’re asking you to take a few moments to vote to help us narrow our list into a diversified portfolio of 50 to 60 stocks that will form our first ETF. We will take all votes into consideration, but votes accompanied by logical and compelling evidence are more persuasive, so please explain your reasoning and add supporting links where you can. This process is a radical experiment in financial democracy and a departure from how Wall Street normally operates. Follow the steps below to join the movement, share this page with your friends, and help make history! For questions or suggestions, contact us here.

Here’s how to vote:

  1. Visit Oroeco’s Climate Impact Fund page here.
  2. Click thumbs up or thumbs down to vote companies in or out of our Climate Impact Fund based on your own social and environmental criteria.
  3. Tell us why you voted each company in or out, and ignore all companies you don’t have a strong opinion about.
  4. Click SUBMIT once you’re finished, and feel good knowing you’re encouraging companies and the financial world to invest in a cleaner future!

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Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) is a growth industry.

Most of our 401(k)s and IRAs aren’t inspiring confidence we’ll be retiring to the Bahamas anytime soon. Are sustainability-focused investments an unaffordable luxury in these gloomy economic times? Turns out Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) is actually on the rise since the recession hit, growing about 12% annually since 2007, to $3.07 trillion in 2010. That’s because many (but not all) SRI funds have actually outperformed or done just as well as the rest of the market, according to not just green money managers but also award-winning academic publications.

So how can you hop aboard the SRI express? A great place to start is the Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment (formerly known as the Social Investment Forum, or SIF), which publishes Bloomberg  performance data for over 100 SRI funds and benchmarks, allowing you to screen investments based on 14 social and environmental criteria.

Of course you could also strike out on your own and buy stock in companies striving to grow a greener world. Though it’s a high-risk (and potentially higher reward) strategy, since your Tesla could turn into a Solyndra overnight, particularly in immature industries navigating rapid developments in both technology and supporting policies. Or you could just avoid investing in specific sectors (like coal and tobacco), an approach taken by many SRI funds. Here are a few more tips to ensure your portfolio yields net good for both you and your planet.

Stay tuned for more tools from Oroeco to help quantify the impacts of your investments. After all, what good is a giant nest egg if the tree is burning down?

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