SRI in the Rockies, the largest and longest-running sustainable and responsible investing conference in the world, today announced that it has received strong response from sponsors for its 2009 conference -- reflecting resilient support for SRI strategies in spite of the lingering global recession.
More than 50 organizations -- from global concerns to local firms -- have signed on to support the conference, which celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2009. More than 650 attendees from the U.S. and around the world are expected to gather October 25-28, 2009 at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa in Tucson, Arizona.
"There is a growing emphasis on environmental and social issues in the business and investing world, and the need to find responsible solutions," said Steve Schueth, President of First Affirmative Financial Network. "This conference is focused on identifying solutions, and highlighting the growing opportunities for investors who embrace innovative investment strategies targeted on environmental, social, and governance factors."
Conference speakers for 2009 include: James K. Galbraith, PhD, the Lloyd M. Bentsen chair in Government and Business Relations and professor of Economics at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin; Mindy S. Lubber, president of Ceres, the leading U.S. coalition of investors and environmental leaders working to improve corporate environmental, social, and governance practices; Auden Schendler, executive director of Sustainability at Aspen Skiing Company, and author of "Getting Green Done"; and Andy Serwer, managing editor of FORTUNE magazine.
As the premier industry event, SRI in the Rockies attracts a wide range of investment professionals -- from financial advisors to institutional investors and mutual fund companies, as well as social research and proxy voting organizations. Members of faith-based organizations and social change non-profits, and officers from community development banks, credit unions, and related organizations also will be in attendance.