Onward and Upward!
Thrize (‘thrīz’) reflects the forward-leaning upward motion of investors and enterprises that are consciously directing capital toward the creation of a truly sustainable future—one that works for everyone.
Be the change you want to see in the world.
– Mahatma Ghandi
All sectors of our global economy—business, government, and civil society—are collectively responsible for the legacy we will leave our children, grandchildren, and future generations. The largest and most intractable problems can only be solved by spending, investing, and living with conscious intent.
Fortunately, there is a noticeable rise in the personal and social consciousness necessary to quickly shift attitudes and behaviors in a more healthy, inclusive, and sustainable direction. Many business leaders are integrating purpose and profit to enhance long-term value and help create a better world. Many investors are responding to a higher calling and consciously putting money into more positively impactful investment strategies.
Thrize works to connect, educate, and create collaborations around the three mutually inclusive pillars of human behavior that have the most direct impact on our global economy and quality of life around the world:
How do we choose to EARN? The best and brightest are seeking a healthier more conscious work environment. Millennials and women in particular are demanding more! Companies are becoming more responsible corporate citizens to attract talent, enhance brand value, and establish competitive advantage while generating profits. Purposeful relationships between business and society (employees, customers, communities) are becoming powerful catalytic nodes for positive change.
How do we choose to INVEST? A new ecosystem is redefining “value” and providing conscious alpha for companies, investors, and society at large. Trillions of dollars, euros, pounds, and every other currency in the world (including alternative/digital currencies) are being invested with the conscious intent of making money and making a positive difference—increasingly guided and defined by the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
How do we choose to LIVE? As the daily stresses of life have increased and feelings of purpose have decreased, many global citizens are searching for greater connection, meaning, and wholeness in their lives. How we choose to spend our time; how we choose to spend our money; how we treat each other; how we contribute to the vitality of our local communities; and how we each impact the global economy are increasingly being fueled by conscious thought and action.
The 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide a guiding framework for every organization and every person working to improve the health and well-being of both people and planet. Investors play an especially important role in directing the flow of capital for the common good. Companies are proving the business case for operations and efforts that contribute to achievement of the SDGs. Consumers vote with their dollars every single day.
Steve Schueth (pronounced “sheeth”) is a nationally recognized authority, consultant, and resource to the Sustainable, Responsible, Impact investment industry. He has worked for over thirty years to direct the flow of investment capital in positively impactful and intentionally transformative ways—toward the creation of a truly sustainable future. Steve worked for Calvert Investments for eight years in the 1990s, including four years as President of Calvert Distributors, and served for eleven years as Chair of the Board of US SIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investing. He was Principal, President, and Chief Marketing Officer for First Affirmative Financial Network from 1999 through 2017 and served as Executive Producer of The SRI Conference – on Sustainable, Responsible, Impact Investing, the premier gathering of the responsible investment industry in North America, for nearly twenty years. Steve is Managing Director of Thrize Partners, a consultancy working at the intersection of purpose and profit, where both companies and investors are inspired by the Sustainable Development Goals. He currently also serves as President of the Board of the non-profit Alliance for Sustainable Colorado. He currently also serves on the board of two non-profit organizations, The Alliance Center (chair) and the Americans for Nonsmoker’s Rights Foundation, and is a member of the Executive Leadership Team for Future Capital.