In order to align investments with values, investors must first know what they own. But since most investment portfolios and retirement plans rely heavily on mutual funds, it is nearly impossible for investors — foundations, endowments and individuals, including 91 million Americans with retirement accounts totaling $8.4 trillion in assets — to know what individual companies they actually own.

But now that’s changed. As You Sow’s Invest Your Values free online tools screen mutual fund holdings against specific environmental, social, and governance issues. Mutual fund investors can know what they own, and can align their investments with their values.

This transparency gives investors, for the first time, the ability to apply a values lens in evaluating mutual funds. It encourages fund managers to construct and offer responsive investment vehicles, and it exerts market pressure on companies to improve.

As You Sow has five Invest Your Values online tools:

Gender Equality Funds screens the most commonly-held U.S. mutual funds against a database detailing individual company performance on 12 key gender equality performance indicators.

Fossil Free Funds is a free tool that looks at the climate impact of 3,000 popular mutual funds

Weapon Free Funds answers if your money is tied up in guns and other weapons of war

Deforestation Free Funds empowers you to see if you are invested in palm oil

Tobacco Free Funds shows if you own tobacco companies or those promoting it to kids


Want to help your readers invest their values? If you’re an organization with a website, we invite you to add our mutual fund screening widget:

Widgets available for all As You Sow screening tools

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