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October 31, 2014 Talking Sustainability with Your CFO Shouldn’t Be Scary

Source: Triple Pundit

We often hear that sustainability professionals need to get better at talking to the CFO. Frankly, this is a scary proposition for many people. That said, experienced sustainability managers will tell you that having a good...

October 31, 2014 The future of energy in the EU

Energy Global - In March the îIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeî called in its strongest ever terms for world leaders to cut carbon emissions to avert dramatic disruptions of natural ecosystems and human life....

October 30, 2014 Sustainability Challenges: When Good Intentions Backfire

Source: KnowledgeInstead.edu

Sometimes business goals and community ideals just don’t fit. How far should you go to be sustainable and meet your company‘s corporate social responsibilities?

October 29, 2014 Corporations Should Mean What They Say on Sustainability

Source: Scientific American

Nowadays, it seems like every big company promotes an image of sustainability. A common example is the now-ubiquitous hotel-bathroom notice invoking images of ocean animals or pastoral scenery in an effort to convince guests to...

October 29, 2014 Climate rescue mission 'not hopeless': International Panel on Climate Change chief

The Straits Times - "It is not hopeless," Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the Nobel-winning îIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeî, said on opening a five-day IPCC meeting in Copenhagen to complete a landmark...

October 29, 2014 EU Leaders Called Out For Lackluster Climate Change Package

Source: Triple Pundit

European leaders agreed to reduce greenhouse gases by 40 percent by 2030. Two targets of 27 percent were also agreed on: one for the market share of renewable energy and another for energy efficiency improvement. The renewable...

October 28, 2014 Who is pushing – and buying – socially responsible investments

Source: Investment News

Socially responsible investing is on the rise, and women advisers are leading the way in offering clients opportunities to invest in a personally meaningful way. Sixty-one percent of female advisers say they have offered SRI...

October 27, 2014 12 Ways to Play the Energy Slump

Source: Barron's

After a sharp selloff, the energy sector is looking attractive. Energy stocks are 15% or more below their early-summer highs. The decline has accelerated since late September, as West Texas Intermediate oil has fallen $14, to $81...

October 27, 2014 The Financial Case For Fossil-Fuel Divesting?

Source: Forbes

There’s a financial case for divesting from funds with holdings in the fossil fuel industry, according to an advisor and author on socially responsible investing, but most activists don’t make the financial case.

October 24, 2014 Income Inequality Got You Down? Do Something About It!

Source: Huff Post

The wealthy continue to see significant income and wealth gains while the majority of people are experiencing stagnant living standards. Income inequality is one of the most significant financial stories right now, and there's no...

October 24, 2014 Food giants Cargill and General Mills believe in climate change. Will they defend themselves from it?

Source: Grist.org

When I think about companies like Cargill and General Mills, I don’t exactly imagine a den of climate hawks. So I’ve been surprised to see a string of announcements from food industry giants about their environmental initiatives....

October 24, 2014 Survey: Half Of Surveyed Financial Professionals Have Offered SRI Options To Clients

IT Business Net - according to the findings of the first annual "First Affirmative Survey on the Views of Financial Professionals About SRI" released today by îFirst Affirmative Financial Networkî. The major new...

October 23, 2014 The Future of Energy: How to Transition to a Renewable Economy

Source: GreenTech Media

We need to ride the waves already our way and do our best to start new waves...

October 23, 2014 How to Divest Your University from Fossil Fuels

Source: The Seattle Globalist

Last week Glasgow University became the first academic institution in Europe to commit to pulling all investments out of fossil fuels. They will phase out $29 million in investments over the next ten years.

October 23, 2014 [Business Ethics] How Much is Too Much?

Source: PCT

Greed is defined as “an overwhelming desire to have more of something (such as money) than is actually needed.”

October 23, 2014 Talking To Investors About Pricing In Corporate Governance Risks

Source: Forbes

Anyone in denial about the growing importance of corporate governance, environmental and social factors in setting the direction of business needs to start talking to investors.Some 90% of institutional investors from across the...

October 23, 2014 Market Structure Map - Perspective

Source: Tim Quast, president, ModernNetworks IR LLC

In 2013, according to the Investment Company Institute, net US inflows to mutual funds were $152 billion, of which $52 billion went to target-date hybrid funds (mixes of bonds and equities based on one's age), and about $53...[more]

October 22, 2014 Corporate Sustainability: The Ever Evolving Business Imperative

Source: Environmental Leader

Sustainability has become a business imperative for essentially every company today – large or small. Most everyone has their own description of what sustainability means for their company, and a framework, or frameworks, from...

October 22, 2014 Why Climate 'Uncertainty' Is No Excuse For Doing Nothing

Source: Science 2.0

Former environment minister Owen Paterson has called for the UK to scrap its climate change targets. In a speech to the Global Warming Policy Foundation, he cited “considerable uncertainty” over the impact of carbon emissions on...

October 22, 2014 The best thing since sliced bread' A ban on sliced pan

The Irish Times - The high-profile American food writers Mark Bittman and îMichael Pollanî have both asserted that the first step towards better health is to get people to stop drinking what Americans call soda. It...

October 22, 2014 Once Again, Religious Shareholder Activists Fail Massively

Source: Acton Institute

Despite what is heralded as a banner year for proxy resolutions submitted by religious shareholder activists As You Sow and the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, 2014 was anything but. Even the left-leaning Center...

October 21, 2014 Why governments must lead on climate change

forumblog.org - and a senior fellow of the Global Green Growth Institute and the îInternational Institute for Sustainable Developmentî. Image: A small geothermal power plant is seen near the town of Laugarvatn in...

October 21, 2014 ‘Flourish and Prosper’ Takes Sustainability to the Next Level

Source: Triple Pundit

This week I had the opportunity to attend the Third Global Forum for Businesses as an Agent of World Benefit at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. The theme for this year’s forum is ‘Flourish and Prosper.’ The event,...

October 21, 2014 Common themes of socially responsible investment

Source: FT Adviser

There is no one single definition of SRI: it is common to hear the prefixes “sustainable”, “ethical”, “responsible”, “mission”, “impact” and “green” when reading about socially responsibile investing.

October 20, 2014 What if Climate Change is Worse Than We Thought?

Source: Counterpunch.org

New studies about the warming of the planet and the risk of massive release of methane from the Arctic are “worse than we thought.” As it goes, the danger to human existence, i.e., to a nice long life on the planet, is obscured...

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