American Indian organizations have a new guide for integrating socially responsible investment strategies in their financial portfolios with the Washington-based Social Investment Forum's release of the publication “Creating a Sustainable World: A Guide to Responsible Stewardship of American Indian Assets.”
The report details strategies for including tribal values in the investment process, such as shareholder advocacy, investment in companies with policies and procedures friendly to indigenous groups and investments in community development.
SIF Programs Director Peter DeSimone said in a telephone interview that it is the first guide that examines the asset management of American Indian assets while considering their cultural values.
“Portfolios held by many tribal organizations were investing in companies that were committing wrongs against the American Indian community,” he said.
The report is available on the SIF's website at http://www.socialinvest.org/projects/indigenous.cfm. — Timothy Inklebarger