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Why Corporate Values Matter, even if Not All Consumers Care

Daniel Wagner | Posted 02.07.2017 | Business
Daniel Wagner

VW has paid a deservedly high price for its emission scandal, with more than $20 billion in total fines, having suffered severe damage to its reputati...

Workers' Pensions Mobilizing for Good

G. Benjamin Bingham | Posted 11.01.2016 | Impact
G. Benjamin Bingham

Sustainatopia is John Rosser's baby. Starting as a green doorway between Miami and the Southern Hemisphere, it was convened in LA, then Boston and nex...

Fiduciary Duty Rule Change to the Rescue: Should Millennials and Responsible Investors Take Heart?

Kathy Hipple | Posted 07.06.2016 | Impact
Kathy Hipple

Co-Authored by Perry Goldschein, a corporate sustainability consultant, and former environmental and regulatory lawyer, with 15 years of experience he...

Billionaires in Chains...Redefining Freedom

G. Benjamin Bingham | Posted 05.24.2016 | Impact
G. Benjamin Bingham

The appeal of a billionaire "telling it like it is" has me thinking about Money, Investing and the key American ideal of Liberty. I am wondering if a...

Why Finance Is Too Important To Leave To The Bankers And Hedge Fund Managers

Georg Kell | Posted 05.19.2016 | Business
Georg Kell

The world is heating up. As two important measuring stations sit at the point of no return, it is clear that we are entering an era when global concen...

Pulling Back the Curtain: Demystifying Sustainability Analysis

Julie Fox Gorte | Posted 05.18.2016 | Business
Julie Fox Gorte

That fact is, most financial professionals, and much of the business press, are simply not well acquainted with sustainability analysis. As a result, many financial professionals lack a solid grasp of what sustainability factors are and how they are material to a company's performance.

Governance and the Valeant Flea: The Art of Not Living Dangerously

Julie Fox Gorte | Posted 05.10.2016 | Business
Julie Fox Gorte

There's a good reason that no bestselling novels or blockbuster movies about corporate governance exist. It's because doing corporate governance right is frankly boring.

Carbon disclosure: the new state of play

Paul Simpson | Posted 04.26.2016 | Business
Paul Simpson

When we started the Carbon Disclosure Project (now known as CDP) over fifteen years ago, the term disclosure was barely used in relation to climate ch...

When Traditional Culture Meets Modern Corporate Sustainability

Georg Kell | Posted 04.11.2016 | Business
Georg Kell

The modern corporate responsibility movement is maturing. Evidence continues to build showing that sustainable business practices can help to mitigate risks and enhance opportunities.

Corporate Clean Energy Leaders Positioned to Disrupt Fossil Fuel Business as Usual

Ron Pernick | Posted 03.02.2016 | Business
Ron Pernick

Perhaps the greatest shift in clean tech over the past 15 years has been the transition from proving economies of scale among early technology disrupters (serving initially small niche markets) to the deployment of renewables among mainstream consumers.

A Wake-up Call to Business: Act on Climate Risk in Supply Chains to Realize Financial Benefits

Paul Simpson | Posted 02.15.2017 | Business
Paul Simpson

There's no denying that the United Nations climate conference, COP21, charts a new course of direction for the world economy.

Together, We Are Generation S

Georg Kell | Posted 11.30.2016 | Business
Georg Kell

This week, world leaders are gathering in Paris to demonstrate global unity in the face of recent atrocities and take part in humanity's most important talks on climate. They arrive at COP21 at a time when change is in the air.

Bringing Positive Impact Measurement to Listed Equities

David W. Richardson, CFA | Posted 10.29.2016 | Business
David W. Richardson, CFA

Investors choose funds for many different reasons. Some seek growth, others income. Some investors opt for low cost index tracking funds while many are looking for diversification strategies that demonstrate low correlation with other investments in their portfolios.

If it Were Easy, Everybody Would Do it: The Challenge of Creating Jobs (and Counting Them)

Mark Newberg | Posted 10.27.2016 | Business
Mark Newberg

Early this baseball season, when the days were growing longer and hope sprang eternal (for Red Sox fans, at least), I had an idea: that jobs matter tr...

Inquiring Minds Want to Know "Why?"

Eve Ellis | Posted 10.05.2015 | Business
Eve Ellis

Why do companies with gender diverse boards perform better? As the portfolio manager of a strategy which seeks to benefit from this fact,* I am ofte...

What Corporate Philanthropy Can -- and Cannot -- Tell Us About Social Performance

Clara Miller | Posted 08.14.2016 | Business
Clara Miller

In early August, I posted an excerpt from my annual letter as president of the Heron Foundation. In the letter, I discuss some of the things we think we learned by examining all the enterprises our endowment is invested in for social performance in 2014.

Climate Change: Identifying Future Makers And Future Takers

David W. Richardson, CFA | Posted 07.06.2016 | Business
David W. Richardson, CFA

It is important that one of the world's largest investment consultants has leapt into the debate on climate change and its effects on investment portfolios with reasoned analysis and actionable recommendations.

Capitalism: The Preserve of Psychopaths or Saints?

Pioneers for Change | Posted 05.19.2016 | Impact
Pioneers for Change

Put simply, if we don't find ways to offer economic opportunity to more than a privileged few, there will be no shortage of other -- more destructive and terrifying -- opportunities offered to them by others elsewhere.

Are Your Pensions Destroying Our Planet?

Miss Deap Khambay | Posted 05.25.2015 | Business
Miss Deap Khambay

Dr Steve Waygood is responsible for Aviva Investors' analysis, engagement and voting on environmental social and governance (ESG) issues across the £246bn of assets under management.

Contesting the Myths Around Renewable Energy Investment

David W. Richardson, CFA | Posted 05.09.2015 | Business
David W. Richardson, CFA

Professional investors generally base their investment decisions on rigorous analysis rather than gut feelings and unchallenged preconceptions. However, when it comes to renewable energy, many investors are unwittingly deterred by three myths.

Why Asset Management Traditionalists Are Missing Out by Not Prioritizing ESG/SRI/Impact Investing

Julie Fox Gorte | Posted 06.02.2015 | Business
Julie Fox Gorte

Until recently, sustainable investing has been regarded, at least in North America, as a niche investment strategy. Mainstream asset managers were often skeptical of it, primarily for perceived performance reasons.

Prospering in Finance Without Cheating

Julie Fox Gorte | Posted 03.23.2015 | Business
Julie Fox Gorte

The good news is that anyone with a web browser can gather this information. The tricky part is knowing which ones will turn into disasters, and distinguishing them from the false positives. Not every company with problems winds up having disasters.

6 Reasons 2014 Was a Good Year for Climate Action

Carol Pierson Holding | Posted 03.01.2015 | Green
Carol Pierson Holding

When we heard about Federal cuts to environmental initiatives, we couldn't help but think of the potential disaster when climate-denying forces really take power next year. So here are six reasons to be optimistic under even the most climate-denying Congress.

Is Climate Risk a New and Troubling Source of Systemic Risk?

David W. Richardson, CFA | Posted 12.24.2014 | Money
David W. Richardson, CFA

There are signs that environmental risks, particularly extreme weather and government regulations to reduce pollution, are becoming both more material but also systemic, with the potential to affect large swathes of investment portfolios.

Against Divestment -- Why Walking Away Won't Make a Difference

Nell Minow | Posted 10.22.2014 | Impact
Nell Minow

Submit shareholder proposals. Nominate new directors. Attend annual meetings to ask questions of the executives and board members. But do not sell the stock that gives you the right to engage on the issues you care about with the people who can make a difference.