Building a Better World Through Socially Responsible Investing

This post with created in partnership with Vancity Credit Union. Opinions expressed here, as always, are entirely my own. 

As I gaze down at my sweet little girl, sleeping on my chest, I can’t help but feel an immense sense of responsibility. I want the world to be a better place for all of us. Like many of you, I try to use my daily actions to minimize our carbon footprint, shatter glass ceilings and destroy racism so that, hopefully, future generations won’t have to, so that those things no longer hold us back.

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Leaving the planet better at the end of my days, that’s the goal. 

We talk a lot about investing in socially conscious initiatives on this blog so let’s talk big scale, real world social change. What do you do after you’ve already signed petitions, thrifted or upcycled your clothes, bought organic, and volunteered in your community? How do we  change the system, build a better world, make good choices for our future in the little things that often get overlooked?

For me, one of the little things I hadn’t thought about was my banking and how my financial investments were being used. So when I first learned about socially responsible investing, I knew it was something I wanted to hear more of. We all invest our money in financial institutions who, in turn, invest that money into corporations or initiatives that can either help or harm the environment and communities who depend on it. Making wise financial decisions that further my investment goals while also furthering causes that I care about only makes sense.

If my money is going to be invested anyway, why not invest it in initiatives that align with my values? 

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One of the most effective ways to bring about positive social change to any issue is to transform the system from the inside out, which is exactly what socially responsible investing seeks to do. One way that they accomplish this is through shareholder activism, in which they buy up shares in a corporation or industry and then use that position to bring positive change from within. For example, some of the projects where socially responsible investing can be applied are conservation efforts to protect the Great Bear Rainforest, fossil fuel free funds and advocating to have more women working on corporate boards, but the possibilities are endless.

Furthermore, socially responsible investments bring accountability and holds corporations to a higher ethical standard. This gives us a voice to call out companies with an exploitive supply chain, unsafe working conditions or environmentally unsustainable practices. We can protect the earth and help diminish things like human trafficking by being involved in the right kind of investment opportunities.

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So I’m rethinking where I place my investments. Because building a better world is entirely possible when we change the system from the inside out.

 XO, Tara 

Photos by Madison of M&Him 


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13 Comments Add yours

  1. Awesome that you are sharing this! I haven’t heard of it but, this is great to consider!

  2. Kate says:

    Banking and investment can make my brain hurt but so worth looking into. Love that they’re trying to help make the world a better place in the process!

  3. Heydy Lopez says:

    I never knew that Vancity offered us a way to not only invest but be socially responsible! I will definitely be looking into this<3 Thanks Tara 🙂

  4. kezemi says:

    I agree with all of this!!

  5. I love this! It is so important to think about our impact on the world.

  6. Angel says:

    I had never heard of this before! Investing is one thing but doing so socially responsibly is so amazing! Thanks for sharing

  7. Diedre says:

    Thanks for breaking it down and making it so simple. Something that everyone needs to consider.

  8. Gloryanna says:

    This is fantastic information and something we need to be more aware of! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Katrina says:

    Like you, I try to live as ethically as possible – from my clothes, to my food, to how I treat others. I’ve never thought about the investing factor though. Thanks for the suggestion. Will look into it.

  10. Aly Funk says:

    This is such a great post and great info!

  11. Such a great thing to share. Definitely looking into this.

  12. mylifewellloved205 says:

    I hadn’t heard of this before. Love all your pretty photography. Your kids and you are heart eyes!

  13. socially responsible investing is definitely something everyone should consider! I redid my portfolio many years ago just for this purpose, and couldn’t be happier.

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