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High Demand for Base Camp SRI New York
By Sara Laks

The one-day BaseCamp SRI scheduled for June 16th at the Lighthouse Executive Conference Center in New York is expected to sell out.  This is the first time we have had such high demand for this event—further indication of the growing interest in sustainable and responsible investing.

The New York BaseCamp agenda reflects some of the most pressing issues of the day.  For example, the session titled, “Have the Recent Gulf Oil Spill and Coal Mine Disasters Enhanced the Prospects for Improving Corporate Transparency?” will discuss responsible investing in the context of the recent BP and Massey Energy disasters.

Catastrophes such as these are clear evidence that safety and environmental issues are material considerations for all investors—or should be.  As more and more investors are waking up to the idea that sustainable and responsible investment criteria are critical indicators of reputational risk, can we use these debacles to convince the regulators to require more, badly needed disclosures?

Another New York BaseCamp session will focus on portfolio performance.  Can socially conscious investors really make money while directing investment capital in more positive, healthy, and transformative ways?  Of course they can.  In this session, we will review the data that support the assertion.

The next BaseCamp SRI event will be held on July 15, 2010 at Ray’s BoatHouse in Seattle, Washington where we are also expecting a capacity crowd.  The momentum generated by the five 2010 BaseCamps (San Francisco, Portland, Denver, New York, and Seattle) will carry us through to the Summit Camp November 16-18 in San Antonio, just prior to the 21st annual SRI in the Rockies Conference.

Summit Camp is designed specifically for licensed investment professionals who work with or wish to work with socially conscious individual and institutional investors.  Summit Camp will offer education, insights, leadership training, and multiple opportunities to network, share experiences, and compare notes with like minded investment advisors from all over the country.

With demand as high as it’s ever been, we anticipate that this year’s Summit camp may also sell out.  So please start making your plans to join us this November in San Antonio!

Sara Laks
Assistant to the President

Posted: June 11, 2010