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Goldman Sachs As a Socially Responsible Investment

Consumers are becoming more and more socially conscious, and they want the goods and services they use to measure up. In truth, it doesn't take much. A simple action that costs a company very little or nothing at all can make a real difference in the mind of the consumer and the company's bottom line.

There are some companies, however, that the socially responsible investor would never even think to consider as a contender in this regard. Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS  ) is very likely one of them. But the Great Vampire Squid, as it was famously coined in a 2011 Rolling Stone article, is up to more good these days than anyone might think.

Without further ado, then, let's have a look at the Wall Street titan and analyze the company in terms of its performance as a socially conscious enterprise, a business, and an investment.

10,000 Small Businesses
An initiative called 10,000 Small Businesses is Goldman's $500 million effort to, as the company puts it on its website, "help small businesses create jobs and economic opportunity by providing them with greater access to business education, financial capital, and business support services." The program is currently at work in cities across the country, including New York, Los Angeles, New Orleans, and Salt Lake City, and will continue to expand.

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Tim Smith's curator insight, December 19, 3:17 AM

What a great idea. It's technology, but of a low enough entry point to radically improve the lives of women in remote rural areas.

 

Wello, the social business designing and building the products, now have a distribution partner in India. They are currently looking at the development of mobile advertising banners to help with the spread of knowledge in the same target communities.

 

In a world where individuals are lost in a sea of mobile technology, iPads and laptops it is fantastic to see people still concentrating on the growth of products to transform lives of those who are still at the start of their 'technology journey'.

 

Visit the company web pages here: http://wellowater.org/

 

Volunteer, or just get a media pack and spread the word. There are many other arid areas of the world where this direct sort of practical, baseline intervention can have a transformative effect.

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