Peter Kinder co-founded KLD Research & Analytics, Inc. in 1988, in Boston, Mass., and served as its president and board chair until its sale to Risk Metrics Group in 2009. At its sale, KLD was the world’s leading provider of social investment research and indices. He remains a consultant to MSCI, Inc., which bought Risk Metrics in June 2010.
Kinder blogs at thebell.us on economics and legal issues affecting his niche, the evolving nature of the corporation, fiduciary duties, and the passing scene. He co-authored three books in his field: Ethical Investing (1984); The Social Investment Almanac (1992); and Investing for Good (1993). He has spoken to audiences on four continents.
Kinder serves on the board of the Center for Political Accountability, the finance advisory committee of the Wallace Global Fund, a private foundation, the President’s Council of CERES, and the Marlboro College MBA Program Circle of Advisers.
He served two terms on the board of the U.S. Social Investment Forum, one as vice chair. KLD was a co-founder of the Sustainable Investment Research International Group (SiRi) and Mr. Kinder served on its board. He was a co-founder and principal (1997-2000) of Domini Social Investments, LLC.
From 1973 to 1988, Mr. Kinder practiced law, first as an assistant attorney general in Ohio, then in Boston as a staff lawyer for a foundation, and finally in private practice. He specialized in administrative law and corporate regulation.
Mr. Kinder received an AB in History from Princeton University in 1970 and a JD from Ohio State University in 1973, both with honors.