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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It is argued that the active pursuit of output data may distract or detract a social enterprise from its impact objectives. It is also argued that impact accounting imposes a compliance burden that acts as unnecessary overhead.
I was at Bloomberg to explore corporate sustainability data as a fuel for impact investing in transformative innovation. So I sat up when Daniel Doctoroff, Bloomberg's CEO, said the market's movement toward sustainability had reached a tipping point.
Good governance that includes a system of checks and balances in corporations can assure that the rights and responsibilities of all are respected. Faith-based investors can hardly ignore these priorities and opportunities.