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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...

October 20, 2014 Why You Should Stop Being a Boss and Start Being a Leader

Inc. - The way you approach being in charge--whether you're running a corporation, a civic organization, or a neighborhood bake sale--is a huge factor in the group's achievement. Think about the differences before you step up....

October 20, 2014 One Reason Rates Are Likely To Remain Low For Long

Seeking Alpha - As my fellow authors and I write in our new îBlackRock Investmentî Institute paper, Interpreting Innovation, the rapid pace of technological change today is helping to put a lid on U.S. job and wage...

October 17, 2014 The two great fears driving the stock market

Source: PBS NewsHour

Amid increasing anxiety about Europe’s shaky economy, investors have been selling off risky stocks in favor of government bonds, usually seen as safer. That’s pushed bond prices higher and yields, which move in the opposite...

October 17, 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 17, 2014 Four questions every candidate should answer on climate change

Source: The Hill

As much as I—and other climate-change-conscious-voters—would love it if this were not a pressing and potentially catastrophic issue, that’s not the case

October 17, 2014 Market Structure Map: Volatile

Source: Tim Quast, President, ModernNetworks IR LLC

There’s no one-word description. The Ides of October arrives serene and tranquil in Denver, the Rockies dusted with recent snow, the sky intensely blue, deciduous trees on the boulevards colored like Jackson Pollock movements on...[more]

October 9, 2014 Market Structure Map - Casting About

Source: Tim Quast, president, ModernNetworks IR LLC

In business, sometimes we cast about for explanations to missed numbers. More often, management knows if revenues are flattening and expenses are rising and can prepare for narrowing margins. Financial models help us predict...[more]

October 8, 2014 Nestle CEO: Water Is Not A Human Right, Should Be Privatized

San Francisco Sentinel - The company notorious for sending out hordes of internet warriors to defend the company and its actions online in comments and message boards (perhaps we'll find some below) even takes a firm stance...

October 8, 2014 Can A Carbon Tax Create Jobs, Jobs, Jobs'

Source: Forbes

Ah,there's the rub. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change insists that we take a path that will get us to a low-carbon future and they insist that we use an all-of-the-above strategy to get there. But the only ... > 1862

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