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About the EIRIS Foundation

The EIRIS Foundation is a charity registered in England and Wales working in the area of responsible investment. The Foundation has over 30 years’ experience of providing free and objective information on ethical finance and corporate activity to the public.

Its mission is to use research, analysis and influence to identify gaps, barriers, opportunities and enablers so that we can help organizations and individuals maximise their contribution to the responsible business and investment agenda.

The change the EIRIS Foundation wants to be part of

We see sustainable and responsible wealth creation as requiring a shift to successful economic activity that creates and restores environmental, social, intellectual and financial capital in the long term in partnership with and for the benefit of all stakeholders.

We believe that this transformation will involve the decline of some existing industries, the significant refocusing of others and the creation and growth of industries meeting new and existing needs. It will require action by some sectors in a position to drive or enable change in other industries and it will have significant social costs that should be addressed. The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals also encapsulate many other challenges that must be tackled in creating a sustainable and responsible economy.

Empowering investors and corporates through research

In addition to the EIRIS Foundation’s projects, the EIRIS Foundation is a shareholder (less than 5%) in the research agency Vigeo Eiris, which provides research on environmental, social and governance risks to investors and corporates. Vigeo Eiris offers research, analysis and a range of services designed to assist fund managers, banks, pension funds, stock exchanges, charities and companies worldwide to integrate responsible or ethical considerations into their strategies. Moody’s Investor Services has recently become the majority shareholder of Vigeo Eiris.  Find out more about Vigeo Eiris: vigeo-eiris.com

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