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Socially Responsible Investments

Human Rights and Business: From Principles to Practice

Lauren Compere | Posted 06.15.2016 | Business
Lauren Compere

This month marks five years since the adoption of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) - a landmark moment in the acceptance...

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.

Investing as a Social Change Strategy

Joe Keefe | Posted 05.10.2016 | Impact
Joe Keefe

As investors, we have more power than we realize. We can prod and pressure and cajole companies into doing the right thing. Unfortunately, too many of us fail to leverage this power.

Be Inspiring -- Consume Consciously

Jay Lipman | Posted 04.05.2016 | Impact
Jay Lipman

Another month, another record maximum temperature. January was the hottest month in recorded history -- the ninth consecutive month of hitting this mi...

Hawking Says 'Don't Bank on the Bomb' and Cambridge Votes to Divest $ 1Billion From Nuclear Weapons

Max Tegmark | Posted 04.04.2016 | World
Max Tegmark

Although I'm used to politicians wasting my tax dollars, I was shocked to realize that I was voluntarily using my money for this nuclear boondoggle by investing in the very companies that are lobbying for and building new nukes: some of the money in my bank account gets loaned to them and my S&P500 mutual fund invests in them.

Wall Street's Answer to Cancer

April Rudin | Posted 02.11.2016 | Business
April Rudin

It sounds almost too good to be true: making money by curing cancer? How can something so unequivocally good for humanity also yield a financial return?

How Wall Street can learn from Sesame Street

Jay Lipman | Posted 02.09.2016 | Business
Jay Lipman

Wall Street has always been a place that prides itself on smoke and mirrors. The "players" on Wall Street have designed confusing language and struc...

Design Philosophy -- Rules of Thumb

Soren Petersen | Posted 01.19.2016 | Business
Soren Petersen

More than any other car designer, Chris Bangle understands how to create breakthrough innovation.

Reimagining Financial Capitalism: Promoting Socially-Responsible Investment in Cuba

Jose Gabilondo | Posted 10.21.2015 | World
Jose Gabilondo

For over half a century, Cuba has resisted its good neighbor to the North. Will Cuba maintain this tradition of self-determination while playing a bigger role in a global financial market? Letting foreign investors repatriate profits while safeguarding the island's sovereign prerogatives is part of the answer.

What Pope Francis Can Teach the Presidents of Catholic Colleges and Universities

Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI | Posted 09.15.2015 | Religion
Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI

This is not an either/or proposition according to the Holy Father; this is not a question of uprooting the system and starting over. It is about creativity and innovation and opportunity.

Changing the Face of Finance -- Or Why I Work for a Bank

Pioneers for Change | Posted 08.10.2015 | Impact
Pioneers for Change

Let's start with the question of what banks are for. They have the crucial role of determining what use is made of capital. This gives banks both a huge power and a huge responsibility.

How Young Philanthropists Are Embracing and Changing Warren Buffett's Model of Giving

John G. Taft | Posted 06.30.2016 | Business
John G. Taft

Warren Buffett is admired for many reasons, but his commitment to giving most of his fortune away when he dies is high on that list. Buffett's approach to philanthropy is as old school as his investment style: make your money, then give it away.

3 Strategies to Follow Through on Your Brand Promise

Suna Senman | Posted 06.01.2016 | Business
Suna Senman

Branding has become a "must do" for both large corporations and small businesses in order to exist in the economic world. While most businesses fully accept that they need to brand, they may not understand how to keep their brand flourishing.

CERES: Mobilizing Business and Investors for Climate Protection

John J. Berger | Posted 05.17.2016 | Business
John J. Berger

Based on the bad actors, sometimes it's tempting to assume all large multinational corporations are unconcerned about their environmental impacts. The reality is far more nuanced.

Police Thug Game: The Hunger Games of Baltimore and America

Maxim Thorne | Posted 05.07.2016 | Black Voices
Maxim Thorne

In the Hunger Games bestselling novels and movies, the rich capital uses terroristic "games" to control the 12 poor surrounding districts. No young fan of the books or movies would miss the uncanny parallels between the treatment of Balitmore's poor and the brutal jovial wanton violence against Panem's poor.

Where Does Your Money Spend the Night? Rethinking Capitalism

Tyler Jackson | Posted 06.02.2015 | Impact
Tyler Jackson

If we want to effect social change at scale, investors need to enlist the capital markets by injecting intention and purpose into every financial decision.

Latin American Coffee Farmers Prosper in a New Partnership With Chick-fil-A

Akoshia Yoba | Posted 01.09.2015 | Latino Voices
Akoshia Yoba

For millions of coffee lovers, that first morning cup is a necessary ritual to properly launch the day. Indeed, the most serious coffee drinkers do n...

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.

Gender Equity Can Make America Competitive

Eve Ellis | Posted 08.20.2014 | Business
Eve Ellis

In his recent address at West Point, President Obama said the U.S. must always be a leader. And yet, leaders of U.S. corporations, so far, have seemed complacent with a lagging status quo.

Mark Gongloff

New Investment Firm Invests In 'Patriotic' Things Like Guns, For Freedom

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Gongloff | Posted 06.18.2014 | Business

If you are somebody who counts gun makers among the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, then I have an investment opportunity for yo...

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Faces Mounting Pressure to Act on Oil, Gas, Mining Global Transparency

Frank Vogl | Posted 08.11.2014 | Business
Frank Vogl

The American Petroleum Institute (API), the powerhouse lobbying group for the oil industry, is pushing hard for actions that are not only explicitly against the interests of investors, but that bolster corrupt regimes in many foreign countries.

Transparency and Reputation: There Is No Place to Hide

Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI | Posted 06.07.2014 | Religion
Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI

Reputation, brand and image are very important priorities for corporations, organizations and institutions. These characteristics and the products and...

SXSW Film: Damnation, a Documentary That's Testing the Waters of Corporate Social Responsibility

Vivian Norris | Posted 05.14.2014 | Entertainment
Vivian Norris

I came away from this film feeling I had truly learned something and that I was not being "sold" anything, yet the fact that the film was entirely supported by a "brand," Patagonia, left me intrigued.

How to Make a Bigger Impact With Your Investments in 2014

Jorge Newbery | Posted 04.19.2014 | Money
Jorge Newbery

If you're looking to make a bigger social impact with your investments this year, you have many options. Here are five ideas to help you get started.

Should I Choose Socially Responsible Investments?

SaveUp | Posted 10.15.2013 | Business
SaveUp

Consumers can vote with their dollars when they make purchases. The same principle can be applied to investments. That is what the rapidly-growing space of socially responsible investing is all about.