CSR Minute: Sustainable Investments Rise, Says Social Investment Forum Study; Free2Work Launches App 2.0, Consumer Info Platform

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The CSR Minute is your daily video digest of the most relevant Corporate Social Responsibility news of the day. Our team of 3BL Media correspondents tracks the global world of corporate social responsibility to bring you coverage of the most important announcements, initiatives, issues, trends, ideas, and breaking news.

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 2:55pm

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Sustainable and responsible investing increased 16 percent in 2010, according to a new report prepared for the Social Investment Forum. The study, “Sustainability Trends in Alternative Investments in the United States,” reports that $81 billion was invested in 375 alternative funds that incorporate environmental, social, and governance criteria, up from $70 billion and 346 funds in 2009. The funds tracked in the report include private equity, venture capital, property investment, and hedge funds that use a broad range of approaches to ESG criteria.
 
Free2Work has launched App 2.0, the latest version of their consumer information platform that increases transparency for supply chains. The mobile application gives consumers data on companies’ labor standards and production practices while they shop. The new app now includes built-in barcode scanning technology that allows consumers to scan the barcode of a specific product and instantly gain access to information on a company’s efforts to eliminate forced and child labor in its supply chain. The data covers 10,000 products by 400 brands.
 
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