Steve Lydenberg is the founding director of the Initiative for Responsible Investment at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Hauser Center. The IRI researches issues relating to responsible investment across asset classes. He is a partner, strategic vision, at Domini Social Investments LLC, a family of socially screened mutual funds. He previously served as the firm’s Chief Investment Officer and was a founder of the Domini 400 Social Index, the first index to utilize social and environmental standards, and of the Domini Social Equity Fund in 1991.
Mr. Lydenberg has been active in social research since 1975. Mr. Lydenberg was a founder of KLD Research & Analytics, Inc. and served as its research director from 1990 to 2001. From 1987 to 1989, he was an associate with Trillium Asset Management. For 12 years he worked with the Council on Economic Priorities, ultimately as director of corporate accountability research. Mr. Lydenberg has authored numerous publications on issues of corporate social responsibility. He is the author of Corporations and the Public Interest (Berrett-Koehler, 2005), coauthor of Investing for Good (Harper Collins, 1993), coeditor of The Social Investment Almanac (Henry Holt, 1992), and coauthor of Rating America’s Corporate Conscience (Addison-Wesley, 1986) and has published a variety of papers on the theory and practice of sustainable investing.
Mr. Lydenberg holds a BA in English from Columbia College and an MFA in theater arts from Cornell University, and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.