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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

October 3, 2014 New Online Materiality Mapping Tool to Help Corporate Responsibility / Sustainability Reporters

Source: Louis Coppola

Convetit Embeds Materiality Mapping Tool Into Virtual Stakeholder Engagement ThinkTanks. G&A Institute Data Sets Available As Important Element of the Tool

October 2, 2014 El Camino Hospital Announces New Appointments To Hospital Board Committees

The Street - MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., July 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- El Camino Hospital today announced that twenty-one individuals have been appointed to serve on six Hospital Board committees. The new members were selected for...

October 2, 2014 Market Structure Map - Peer Review

Source: Tim Quast, ModernNetworks IR LLC

Investor-relations professionals have long tracked what everybody else is doing, comparing the company’s trading with a set of peers. Clustering similar things is a time-tested statistical maxim. We practiced it on the ranch of...[more]

October 1, 2014 Carbon Taxes Don't Kill Jobs

Source: Bloomberg View

Where they've been tried, the evidence shows, well-designed carbon taxes have succeeded in reducing greenhouse-gas emissions. But that doesn't necessarily end the debate over their effects -- nor should it. The next question is...

September 30, 2014 It's Time to Abandon the Delusion of a Carbon Tax

Source: Huff Post

At the United Nations last week, President Obama urged the nations of the world to follow our lead and begin to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The president has moved aggressively to use the powers of the Clean Air Act to...

September 30, 2014 Triple Play: The necessity of corporate governance

Source: NJBiz.com

Don Musso is the president and founder of FinPro Inc., a leading management consulting firm in Liberty Corner.

September 29, 2014 What Gets the Worst Marketing ROI? Your Corporate Social Responsibility Report

Source: Advertising Age

Despite the considerable efforts that corporations put into reporting their social and environmental performance, readership is low and believability is even lower. Today, the notion that corporations have a trustworthy...

September 29, 2014 Socially Responsible Investing (SRI): There’s Nothing ‘Responsible’ About It

Source: Investor Place

Socially responsible investing (SRI) is about as feel-good as Wall Street gets. After all, if you really want to invest with your conscience, what’s better than a fund that does all the legwork for you? And sometimes, these SRI...

September 29, 2014 Time running out to interrupt the carbon emission death spiral: Editorial

Source: NJ.com

This was acclaimed as a seminal week for environmental progress, and everyone had a legitimate reason to be encouraged by sundry developments – from the People’s Climate March to the UN Climate Summit to the news that a large...

September 29, 2014 A Treaty on Global Warming May Not Be Needed, But U.N Leadership Is

Source: NY Times

When industrialized countries agreed in Kyoto in 1997 to produce 5 percent fewer greenhouse gases in 2008 to 2012 than they did in 1990, it was clear that would never lead to a stabilization of global warming, which nearly all...

September 29, 2014 Investors should integrate ESG aspects into their assets

Source: CNBC

The Principle for Responsible Investing (PRI) is an investor led initiative which advocates for responsible investment practices. The PRI’s Xolisa Dhlamini told CNBC Africa that by incorporating environmental aspects companies...

September 25, 2014 We Don’t Have to Ditch Capitalism to Fight Climate Change

Source: Harvard Business Review

The risk of climate change is real, immediate, and very serious. If the vast majority of the doctors I consulted told me that consuming copious amounts of butter significantly increased my risk of a heart attack, I would take out...

September 25, 2014 UN chief calls on world leaders to find 'seeds of hope' in world seeming to fall apart

Source: Fox News

The United Nations chief called for world leaders Wednesday to join an international campaign to ease the plight of nearly unprecedented numbers of refugees, the displaced and victims of violence in a world wracked by wars and...

September 25, 2014 Market Structure Map - Double Standard

Source: Tim Quast, President, ModernNetworks IR LLC

George Orwell and Aldous Huxley with their inventive dystopian literary imaginations would be hard-pressed to formulate a fictional world so categorically riddled with contradiction and double standards.[more]

September 22, 2014 EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Financing a Low-Carbon Future

Source: Reuters

Money makes the world go round, as the old adage goes. Unfortunately, the current investment climate is spinning the globe in the wrong, carbon-intensive, direction.

September 19, 2014 Institutional decay leaves world unprepared for Ebola

Source: Dallas Morning News

Imagine two cities. In City A, town leaders notice that every few weeks a house catches fire. So they create a fire department — a group of professionals with prepositioned firefighting equipment and special expertise. In City B,...

September 19, 2014 Is Your Money Safe? Risk Management Blindspots That Cost Investors Dearly

Source: Forbes

Both retail and institutional investors who have survived one or more economic recessions have learned that they cannot select their money managers solely on a demonstrated stream of at or above benchmark returns and that they...

September 19, 2014 Ethics expert keys on rules

Source: Insurance News Net

Lee Augsburger, senior vice president and chief ethics and compliance officer at Prudential Financial Inc. in Newark, was ranked on the 2013 list of 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics by Ethisphere Institute, a...

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