Toronto/Ottawa, Ontario, February 5, 2009 – A financial advisor and a journalist, both specialists in socially responsible investing, have joined forces to create Canada’s first SRI blog.
Srimonitor.blogspot.com provides news and views on the world of socially responsible investment in Canada, including original content related to social, environmental, human rights and corporate governance issues. The blog also includes information on upcoming SRI-related events and links to other SRI resources.
“The SRI community is filled with ideas. This blog gives us the opportunity to share those ideas, generate discussion, inform and educate. I’m excited about the possibilities,” enthused co-founder Sucheta Rajagopal.
Since the blog was unofficially launched last month, srimonitor.blogspot.com has covered a variety of stories, including green initiatives in the federal budget, Norway’s decision to expel Barrick Gold from its state pension fund, a report on gender equality in the boardrooms of corporate Canada, and Corporate Knights magazine’s annual survey of Canadian SRI mutual funds.
“We felt this kind of blog was long overdue,” says co-founder Doug Watt. “It’s a useful tool for SRI investors and professionals to catch up on industry-related news, post comments, and suggest ideas for stories. We look forward to working with the SRI community to help make this the destination website for Canadian social investors.”
SRI Monitor is written and maintained by Sucheta Rajagopal, a financial advisor with Hampton Securities Limited in Toronto and Ottawa-based writer/editor Doug Watt.
Sucheta has been involved in socially responsible investing for over 10 years, advising retail and institutional clients on how to integrate environmental, social and governance concerns into their investment portfolios. Doug has written extensively on the subject of socially responsible investing for the past eight years and is considered one of Canada’s leading SRI journalists.