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June 5, 2014 The Role of Individual Investors in Prompting Governance Reform via the Proxy Process

Source: guest commentary by Tim Smith – Walden Asset Management

We have all read a great deal about the concern that companies, the [US] Chamber of Commerce and SEC Commissioner Gallagher have about the “highjacking” of the proxy process. Particular anger is aimed at John Chevedden, Bill...

June 5, 2014 Climate change: no longer just an ‘environmental problem’

Source: The Guardian

As someone who has worked on climate change for many years, I’m sometimes struck by how the debate has evolved. When I first worked on the issue for WWF, I was director of the organisation’s Arctic Programme. Amongst other things...

June 5, 2014 Risk posed by China mountain removal

Source: BBC News

China's campaign to bulldoze mountains to create land to build on could cause extensive environmental problems, scientists say. Researchers from Chang'an University in China have warned that dozens of mountains have already been...

June 5, 2014 Market Structure Map - Crossfinding

Source: Tim Quast, president, ModernNetworks IR LLC

“Arnuk and Saluzzi, the principals of Themis Trading, have done more than anyone to explain and publicize the predation in the new stock market.” So writes Michael Lewis in his No. 1 New York Times bestseller Flash Boys, which...[more]

June 4, 2014 A Paltry Start in Curbing Global Warming

Source: NY Times

Tim Jackson, professor of sustainable development at the University of Surrey in Britain, uses a nifty back-of-the-envelope calculation to underscore the challenge of giving the world’s poor a shot at prosperity while preventing...

June 4, 2014 The Future of CSR and the War of Words

Source: Probono Australia

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a concept that seems to generate endless disputes without solution. One is either for or against CSR. Some critics defend owner wealth creation, or characterise CSR as “two-faced...

June 4, 2014 Our wealth gap is unsustainable

Source: Minnesota Daily

One of today’s most contentious political issues concerns the impact of wealth inequality and how we can reduce the large gap between the rich and the poor. President Barack Obama made this a central part of his 2012 presidential...

June 3, 2014 The Wealth Gap and Race

Source: Ordinary Times

A couple of weeks ago Elias Isquith linked to an article from the National Journal about the wealth gap between blacks and whites. It’s important to note here that the article is talking about wealth, not income. The reason why...

June 3, 2014 Has Obama Fulfilled His Promise on Carbon Emissions?

Source: The New Yorker

On December 18, 2009, Barack Obama flew to Copenhagen to address an international climate summit that was widely being described as a disaster. The aim of the summit was to produce a legally binding agreement on greenhouse-gas...

June 3, 2014 Why sustainability professionals need to show more compassion

Source: The Guardian

There appears to be a hidden dynamic operating among sustainability professionals that they are somehow superior to those they accuse of being stuck in the destructive paradigm of consumerism and profits maximisation

June 2, 2014 Institute carbon tax to cut greenhouse pollution

theday.com - The U.S. National Climate Assessment has reiterated the devastation of the U.N. îIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeî. The cost of mitigating and repairing damage from climate change is increasing...

June 2, 2014 How Sustainability Can Boost M&A Profits

Source: CFO Magazine

Much has been said about the mega-trends affecting businesses today and into the future. They run the gamut from global climate change to shifts in economic buying power and demographics. Such trends present an increasingly...

May 30, 2014 Cutting Back on Carbon

Source: NY Times

Next week the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to announce new rules designed to limit global warming. Although we don’t know the details yet, anti-environmental groups are already predicting vast costs and economic...

May 30, 2014 Cutting Back on Carbon

Source: NY Times

Next week the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to announce new rules designed to limit global warming. Although we don’t know the details yet, anti-environmental groups are already predicting vast costs and economic...

May 29, 2014 Voices: A decisive setback for European unity

Port Clinton News Herald - Karel Lannoo, chief executive of the îCenter for European Policy Studiesî, a Brussels-based think-tank, says the poll results don't offer much optimism about the EU's ability to work...

May 28, 2014 We need a pragmatic debate about climate change

HR Magazine - The îIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeîâs recent report stated that the impacts of global warming are likely to be âsevere, pervasive and irreversibleâ. Its previous report, in...

May 28, 2014 Is your bank financing deforestation'

EurActiv.com - By Anne van Schaik, accountable finance campaigner at îFriends of the Earth Europeî. When opening a bank account, itâs unlikely that many people consider their money may be funding deforestation,...

May 23, 2014 Editorial: States show the way to fight climate change

Times Herald-Record - Even Lady Liberty is joining the fight. The îUnion of Concerned Scientistsî this week compiled a list of historic and cultural landmarks threatened by climate change. Among those were the Statue...

May 22, 2014 Market Structure Map - Autocallable

Source: Tim Quast, president, ModernNetworks IR LLC

It’s time we had The Talk. Candid discussions can be uncomfortable. They broach subjects we prefer to avoid. But we can’t ignore the facts of life. One such fact is Contingent Absolute Return Autocallable Optimization Securities....[more]

May 20, 2014 How We Should Spend Our Carbon Tax

Source: Forbes

I think we will eventually get a carbon tax in this country. This is a good thing, especially if you want to reduce carbon emissions. And if you don’t care about carbon emissions, it’s still a good thing for raising some revenue...

May 19, 2014 OPPOSING VIEWPOINTS: Should Congress work to combat climate change' | Ideas & Issues

Tuscaloosa News - The îIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeî is a political, not scientific, body. The IPCC is a United Nations agency that scientists have quit in protest after governments re-wrote their work to...

May 19, 2014 Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Thoughts On Nuclear

Source: Forbes

This week, John Norris, a Commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, gave a speech titled “Preserving Our Country’s Nuclear Fleet” (FERC), in which he asked the industry to discuss the viability of the nation’s...

May 19, 2014 How Smart Girls Get On Corporate Boards

Source: FORBES

For women who aspire to serve on a corporate board, sisterhood was alive and well in New York last week. Two headhunters who vet executives for these cushy spots occupied center stage at a Tuesday lunchtime program hosted by The...

May 15, 2014 Capitalism Saves the Environment Better Than the Government

Source: PJ Media

Many free-market naysayers often falsely claim that capitalism causes massive pollution, deforestation, and other environmental disasters as part of their rationale for regulating businesses. To the contrary, environmental safety...

May 14, 2014 Q&A with Rob Boogaard, acting president and chief executive officer, Interface (EMEA)

Source: Ethical Corporation’s Responsible Business Summit

Twenty years ago, Interface’s founder Ray Anderson committed his carpet tile company to produce ‘less is more’. Ahead of the Ethical Corporation’s Responsible Business Summit, we ask its current EMEA CEO what role innovation...[more]

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