January 16, 2009
Ethisphere Publishes List of 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics for 2008
by Robert Kropp
Honorees include several members of the social investment community.
Ethisphere, a New York-based international
think-tank dedicated to best practices in business ethics, has published its annual list of the 100
Most Influential People in Business Ethics. In a year when many headlines pertaining to issues of
legal compliance, business ethics, sustainability or social responsibility were for negative
actions, Ethisphere found individuals who stood out for their positive achievements in the business
The winners were broken down into nine core categories, including
government and regulatory, business leadership, non-governmental organizations, design and
sustainability, media and whistleblowers, thought leadership, corporate culture, investment and
research, and legal and governance.
Several names on the list will be familiar to socially
Peter Kinder, President of KLD Research & Analytics, an independent investment research firm
providing management tools to professionals integrating environmental, social and governance
factors (ESG) into their investment decisions, was ranked 67th for "partnering with a number of
international, socially conscious minded organizations." Kinder also made the list in 2007.
Joseph Keefe, President and CEO of PAX World
Mutual Funds, an investment management firm that is a recognized leader in the field of
sustainable investing, was ranked 69th for actively managing funds and divesting in companies that
donít belong in an SRI fund, including those that indirectly finance the crisis in Darfur.
Barbara Krumsiek, CEO of Calvert
Group, an investment management firm with approximately $12.5 billion in assets, was ranked
92nd for petitioning the SEC to require greater disclosure for investments with Sudan and launching
three new socially responsible funds.
Amy Domini, founder and CEO of Domini Social Investments, an investment firm specializing
exclusively in socially responsible investing, was ranked 93rd for partnering with academics,
investors and companies to set up the Global Network Initiative, which provides a
systematic approach for companies, NGOs, investors, academics and others to work together in
resisting efforts by governments that seek to enlist companies in acts of censorship and
surveillance that violate international standards.