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R. Paul Herman

Entries by R. Paul Herman

Who Are The Real "Job Creators"? They Are Not Who You Think

(3) Comments | Posted July 2, 2012 | 2:29 PM

WHERE THE JOBS ARE: Solving Society's Problems for Potential Profit

Job creation in the U.S. remains challenging. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, business and government employers only added 69,000 jobs in the last reported month (May 2012), continuing a three month trend of declining job growth...

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'Too Big to Fail' Banks Less Profitable and More Risky Than Sustainability-Focused Banks

(1) Comments | Posted April 30, 2012 | 11:21 AM

Co-authored with Tom Bowmer of HIP Investor Inc.

How many banks are "too big to fail"? At least 29, according to the Financial Stability Board. But how many are "too sustainable to fail?" At least 15 banks worldwide in the new Global Alliance for Banking Values (GABV), with assets of...

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Can Goldman Sachs and Wall Street Compete on Improving Society, Not Just Wealth Accumulation?

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2012 | 12:04 PM

How do you pick a winner? Bet on both sides.

CEOs and companies donate generously to both political parties; more than 70 percent of the S&P 500 practice this approach. Traders of options craft strategies like "straddles" to cover both sides. And savvy investors like Goldman Sachs play both...

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Eight Ways Money Managers Can Be 'HOT': Honest, Open, Trustworthy

(0) Comments | Posted February 29, 2012 | 11:00 PM

Is your portfolio manager "HOT"? That is, are they Honest, Open and Trustworthy?

You don't just want smart people to manage your money, you want smart people you can trust -- who are comfortable with the 21st century culture of transparency, not the 20th century secretive approach. To that end,...

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Warren Buffett's Billions at Risk; Berkshire Hathaway Is Lowest-Rated on Sustainability

(6) Comments | Posted February 10, 2012 | 11:03 AM

Co-authored with analyst Maximilian Lichtenheld of HIP Investor.

Warren Buffett is known as the "Oracle of Omaha," but does his view towards sustainability warrant this title in the 21st century? Not according to the "HIP 100" investment index and portfolio. Berkshire is rated dead last of...

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Give Money, Get Impact, Save Taxes: The Power of Social Entrepreneurs for Your Portfolio

(2) Comments | Posted December 12, 2011 | 4:13 PM

Can charitable dollars be recycled? In the words of famed venture capitalist John Doerr of Kleiner Perkins, can you "write one $10 million check and have that capital sustain itself?"

To realize that goal requires "earned income," charging for services that also create high human, social and environmental...

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Let's Value People as an Asset, and Bring Financial Statements into the 21st Century

(4) Comments | Posted October 28, 2011 | 3:16 PM

What is your organization's most important asset? CEOs often respond that the organization's people are its greatest asset. But if this is true, where are people accounted for in the financial statements? Today, people are generally classified as expenses on the income statement and liabilities on the balance sheet --...

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Why Is Business Blind to the Potential Profits from Sustainability?

(19) Comments | Posted June 23, 2011 | 11:52 AM

What do you do if you suspect your mother is sick? Maybe she just has a cold, maybe a serious disease -- wouldn't you want to know for sure? You'd seek the advice of a doctor, find out what the options are, and make sure she gets any necessary treatment...

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