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September 15, 2014 Column: Investing for positive change in the world

Source: West Fair Online

All around us, there’s growing awareness and concern about the impact of business practices on our environment and society. Increasingly, civic-minded consumers are interested not just in the quality and cost of the goods and...

September 12, 2014 How to Build a Green Economy Without Sacrificing Jobs

Moyers & Company - The îIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeî (IPCC) estimates that to stabilize the global average temperature at its current level of around 60.3° Fahrenheit, which is...

September 12, 2014 Economy or Environment? We Need Both.

Source: Huff Post

The focus of American agriculture has for decades been on maximizing yields rather than the downstream implications. A typical bushel per acre yield nowadays is three or four times that of my grandpa's winning year, made possible...

September 11, 2014 Morgan Stanley incorporates sustainability into equity analysis

Source: Reuters

Jessica Alsford, Head of Morgan Stanley’s Sustainable and Responsible research team, is driving a strategy to incorporate long term environmental, social and governance issues into the firm’s equity research analysis. We joined...

September 10, 2014 Ignore geopolitical risk at your peril, investors warned

Source: deVere Group

Investors are being urged by a leading global analyst to review their portfolios more regularly and to include a small exposure into real assets, such as commodities and precious metals, as a precaution against rising...[more]

September 10, 2014 How we can make ethical shopping a changing force

Eco-business - Good For Us founder Chris Jensen calls for innovative ways to make ethical shopping - buying from brands that do right by workers and the environment - more widely and easily accessible. Ethical shopping is one of...

September 8, 2014 Smithfield's CEO Explains Role of Sustainability in Corporate Philosophy

Source: The Pig Site

In the first of a three 'Sustainability Stories', Smithfield Foods CEO outlines the role of sustainability in his corporate philosophy.

September 8, 2014 The EU and the Future of Non-Financial Reporting

Triple Pundit - In a historic vote on April 15, the European Parliament adopted the most significant corporate social responsibility measure, anywhere, to date. Once passed at the European Council and country level, the directive...

September 5, 2014 Market Structure Map - Without Your Knowledge

Source: Tim Quast, president, ModernNetworks IR LLC

Facebook collaborated with two respected universities to study your emotional responses when shown different kinds of news. Without your knowledge[more]

September 3, 2014 Where Will Europe Find Energy This Winter?

Source: Wall Srteet Daily

Ukraine is a major conduit for Russian energy to Europe. It’s a country blessed with rich farmland – a regional breadbasket of sorts. Russian natural gas passes through pipelines in Ukraine to customers all over Europe.

September 3, 2014 New Survey Of The Effects Of Climate Change On India's Water Supplies Offers Hope For Water Stressed Regions

wateronline.com - "It is critical that we adopt a multi-level approach to the problem of climate change and water management," says Dr. K Palanisami of the îInternational Water Management Instituteî and a coeditor of...

September 3, 2014 Good governance 101

Source: Indian Express

The prime minister has hoisted his administration’s flag on the masthead of good governance. This is a welcome and timely objective. The question is, what does the prime minister mean by “good”? He campaigned on the slogan of...

September 3, 2014 A doomed Earth of science fiction may well become a reality

Source: Guardian Environmental Blog

There’s a scene in the newly-restored science fiction classic The Day the Earth Caught Fire (premiered last week in the summer open air cinema at the British Museum) when The Daily Express’s fictional, bull-nosed science...

September 1, 2014 Americans have a moral obligation to tackle climate change now: Guest opinion

OregonLive - According to the latest report from the îIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeî, climate change is happening and will continue to happen in the decades to come. Some extreme weather events have...

August 29, 2014 Lessons on corporate governance

Source: Destiny Connect

Senior lecturer in Leadership and Corporate Responsibility at Gibs, Dr Gavin Price says the culture of compliance adopted within an organisation is determined by its leaders and sets a pattern for the rest of the organisation....

August 29, 2014 A new green wave

Source: The Economist

BILL MCKIBBEN, an American environmentalist, once dismissed sustainability as “a buzzless buzzword”. That seems about right. A survey of 2,000 companies by the MIT Sloan Management Review and the Boston Consulting Group found...

August 29, 2014 Accounting for the Expanding Carbon Shadow from Coal-Burning Plants

Source: NY Times

Steven Davis of the University of California, Irvine, and Robert Socolow of Princeton have written “Commitment accounting of CO2 emissions,” a valuable new paper in Environmental Research Letters showing the value of shifting...

August 28, 2014 Five Trends that Show Corporate Responsibility is Here to Stay

TMCnet - (î3BL Mediaî Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Sustainability began as an ad-hoc response to environmental accidents but has evolved into a global movementSOURCE: United Nations Global Compact DESCRIPTION:By Georg...

August 26, 2014 Citi’s Pam Flaherty sees sustainability for operations and investors

Source: Reuters

Leading Citi’s sustainability efforts is in part about broad stakeholder and partner engagement. You have to be able to visualize impact and potential across a spectrum of constituents, as much external as internal.

August 26, 2014 Sustainability: The Universal Solvent of Private Property Rights

Source: American Thinker

The alchemists of old were diligently ambitious in their goals. These antecedents of modern chemistry were not hindered by a lack of knowledge of atomic structure and physical chemistry when it came to setting priorities. ...

August 25, 2014 Is corporate governance overrated?

Source: FT.com

Alot of nonsense is talked about corporate governance. I can see why. Often, corporate governance disputes come down to colourful personalities, or noisy showdowns at annual meetings. Both make for interesting copy – just look at...

August 22, 2014 Updating the rules of international finance

Source: Reuters

Tuesday, August 19, was Earth Overshoot Day, the day when humanity’s demand for ecological resources and services exceeded what Earth will regenerate this year. Moving a few days earlier on the calendar each year, Earth Overshoot...

August 22, 2014 Does Social Responsibility Hurt a Company's Bottom Line?

Source: Entrepreneur

Cold-blooded? Unfeeling? Exploitive? In a way, that's Sullivan's stock in trade. The Vice Fund is one of the few remaining "sin" funds that advertise their investment in alcohol, tobacco, gaming and defense stocks. Proponents are...

August 21, 2014 Market Structure Map - Tray Dat

Source: Tim Quast, president, ModernNetworks IR LLC

So here’s what’s happening. The SEC in June directed exchanges and Finra, the regulatory body for brokerages, to develop a plan for testing wider spreads in stocks. The SEC wants three test groups for a year-long pilot program. ...[more]

August 20, 2014 An insider’s view: why more companies should tie bonuses to sustainability

Source: The Guardian

I didn’t get my full stock bonus last year. It wasn’t because I didn’t meet my revenue or profit goals; I exceeded them. Instead, it was because my carbon emissions reduction efforts fell short, partly due to the integration of...

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