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August 18, 2014 Should Women Invest In The New 'Women's' Fund?

Source: Forbes

I’m always looking for the best ways to invest my retirement savings, especially if there are new ideas worth considering. So the recent announcement of the Pax Ellevate Global Women’s Index Fund, which invests solely in stocks...

August 15, 2014 Uber Plays Dirty – Why The Company Needs An App For Business Ethics Training

Source: JD Supra

We have all experienced that moment where, while we don’t plan on drinking that much, one jack and coke leads to another…and another…and…another, and then he bar is suddenly transformed into an intense merry go round… and, well...

August 14, 2014 Market Structure Map - Buy The Rights

Source: Tim Quast, president, ModernNetworks IR LLC

The market-structure mashup recently took a somewhat bizarre turn. InterContinental Exchange, owner of the NYSE, bought the rights to high-speed trading patents.[more]

August 12, 2014 SRI – There’s No Place for Morals in Business

Source: Investorplace.com

The fact that so many hand-wringing leftists demonize American success stories like Walmart (WMT) should come as no surprise, because the left believes there cannot be success without someone suffering as a result.

August 11, 2014 We can't let agriculture destroy our environment

Source: Des Moines Register

Are we prepared to sit back and leave our quality of life, our natural resources and our health up to the goodwill of Iowa's agricultural producers? I ask because if you've read the news the past few days, you have learned that...

August 11, 2014 Social Impact Investing: A Flash In The Pan Or The Wave Of The Future?

Source: Forbes

My role as a wealth advisor requires me to evaluate the multiple investment options available to our clients and distinguish which offer real, long-term opportunity from those that are just the latest fad. In that vein, is social...

August 11, 2014 S&P: Wealth gap slowing US recovery

Source: Fort Wayne.com

WASHINGTON – Economists have long argued that a rising wealth gap has complicated the U.S. rebound from the recession. Now, an analysis by the rating agency Standard & Poor's lends its weight to the argument: The widening gap...

August 11, 2014 Business finding its voice: The rise of campaigning & advocacy in sustainability strategies

Source: Eco Business

We have long known that multinationals are powerful agents of global change. Their potential to motivate, persuade and mobilise is enormous. Whilst it is unlikely that we will see activists from big business scaling the glass...

August 8, 2014 How to engage your employees on sustainability

Source: Eco Business

Organisations may have sustainability initiatives at the corporate level, but it is also important to engage employees to connect with these initiatives and participate in them. Bhavani Prakash shares how to engage employees on...

August 8, 2014 How a Global Economy Bankrupts Local Business

Source: Wall Street Cheat Sheets

For better or for worse, globalization is here. That brings along with it all sorts of advantages in business and trade, as well as opening up new markets to labor, industrialization, and modernization. Giant multinational...

August 7, 2014 The Muddled Road to Overhauling Corporate Taxes

Source: NY Times

Every loophole has its lover. That’s why, despite the furor that has erupted over American companies adopting foreign headquarters to reduce their taxes, it is proving so difficult to fix a corporate tax system that most everyone...

August 7, 2014 Our Dysfunctional National Government Is Incapable of Building a Sustainable Economy

Source: The Energy Collective

My Columbia University colleagues Bill Eimicke and Alison Miller recently joined me in authoring a new book entitled Sustainability Policy: Hastening the Transition to A Cleaner Economy. If all goes well, Jossey-Bass publishers...

August 6, 2014 Reporting for Duty: 5 Questions with GRI CEO Michael Meehan on Sustainability

brandchannel - A leading organization promoting sustainability reporting, the îGlobal Reporting Initiativeî (GRI) is working hard to create a sustainable global economy that combines long term profitability with...

August 6, 2014 From the Daily: What the frack'

Michigan Daily - Since hydraulic fracturing â a complex procedure to extract natural gas from underground shale â began in Michigan about 50 years ago, approximately 12,000 wells have been fractured in the state....

August 6, 2014 Is It America's Job to Save China's Environment?

Source: The Motley Fool

China has a major air pollution problem on its hands. Its air is essentially filled with the ash that comes from burning coal to generate power and make steel. Chinese citizens are tired of the filthy air they breathe and want...

August 6, 2014 Blog Posts: corporate sustainability

WRI - The îWorld Resources Instituteîâs Sustainability Initiative seeks to align the Instituteâs business practices with its mission. Walking the talk on sustainability, a new report discloses our 2012 GHG...

August 5, 2014 Me to the EPA: Increase Renewables, Limit Carbon, and Protect Coal Miners

Union of Concerned Scientists - My prepared remarks are below. Testimony of Dr. Jeremy Richardson at EPAâs Public Hearing on Carbon Pollution Standards for Existing Power Plants, on behalf of the îUnion of Concerned...

August 5, 2014 Is It Time to Take the Economy Off Life Support'

Wall St. Cheat Sheet - The pulse of the economy is throbbing, if the latest economic indicators are anything to go by. îThe Conference Boardîâs Leading Economic Index (LEI) and Coincident Economic Index (CEI),...

August 5, 2014 Our Weird Energy Politics

Source: National Review

What is it about the weather that compels our government to ineptly dictate how we produce electricity and consume energy? This a worthwhile question to ask on August 4, the anniversary of the day in 1977 that President James...

August 5, 2014 Corporate transparency: why honesty is the best policy

theguardian.com - Similarly, the îWorld Resources Instituteî has helped establish a cloud-based service that maps day-to-day changes in global forest cover. For an investor with exposure to the palm oil industry or...

August 4, 2014 Editorial - EPA’s plan on climate change is necessary as Congress does nothing

Source: Washington Post

THE ENVIRONMENTAL Protection Agency began marathon public hearings July 29 on its new climate-change plan. “This week,” the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Frances Beinecke predicted before the sessions, “we’ll hear loud and...

August 4, 2014 Op Ed - Taxpayers Should Oppose Proposed Fracking Ban

Source: Santa Barbara Independent

The Central Coast’s energy industry is vital to the economic health of the region — producing thousands of jobs and millions per year in tax revenue. Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” is an important technology in our...

August 1, 2014 General Motors and the Breakdown of Corporate Social Responsibility

Source: HighBrow Magazine

Over the last number of years, with concerns about what our rapidly changing climate might mean for the future of the planet, people across the globe have been engaging in discussions of ways to increase sustainability. ...

August 1, 2014 Sustainability leadership is more than a slogan

The Business Journal - Action determines leadership. As the îBusiness for Social Responsibilityî report points out, this is particularly important today. We live in a time of flux and disruption. Natural disasters,...

August 1, 2014 Pursuing Energy Failure, Again and Again

Source: National Review

Energy policies are faddish. From the energy-independence moonshine of the corn-ethanol scam to the latest 645-page slate of regulations the EPA wants to inflict on the domestic electricity-generation sector, the supposed threats...

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