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December 30, 2014 Green shoots: making money from ethical investments (part one) - John Ditchfield, ethical expert and director of Barchester Green Investment, explains why feel-good funds are performing so well According to figures published by one of the UKâs leading îethical...

December 30, 2014 New York takes the wrong approach to ‘fracking’ - Editorial

Source: Washington Post

NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) claimed an ignoble distinction this month: He became the first governor of a state with large deposits of natural gas to ban “fracking,” or hydraulic fracturing, the controversial but highly...

December 30, 2014 7 Myths About Self-Made Billionaires

Source: Time

A lot of the truisms that get touted as the keys to successful entrepreneurship don't stand up to data

December 29, 2014 'Socially responsible’ funds? Not a fan

Source: Express News

A friend — someone who also wants these two things — recently asked if I could recommend a good, reasonable-cost, “socially responsible” mutual fund.

December 29, 2014 Business ethics in Islam

Source: Saudi Gazette

“Ethics,” he maintains, “Is basic in any culture. It is part of our humanity. If we treat others as we wish to be treated, then we believe in equality and justice.

December 23, 2014 Investors expect higher stocks in 2015, but also turbulence

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Since then, Europe has teetered on the brink of recession. The Euro îStoxxî 50 index, the European equivalent of the Dow Jones industrial average, is up only 1 percent in 2014 versus the...

December 23, 2014 Sony's Hacked Email Has A Lesson For All Of Us

Source: Forbes

The Sony hack, which the FBI is now blaming on North Korea, wound up exposing emails between Sony executives and others in the entertainment industry, including some embarrassing bombshells.

December 19, 2014 The Santa Rally Underpins The Dollar

Seeking Alpha - The correction, which came after a strong six-week trend move, lasted a week, December 9-16. The S&P 500 and the Dow Jones îStoxxî 600 have both recouped around 70% of that downdraft. The euro...

December 19, 2014 Recent trends in corporate governance

Source: Hedge Week

The concept of using independent directors is not new. Many US managers have used them on their boards of the feeder fund, in large part driven by US tax rules to do with investment fees and deferral rules. It was a pure tax...

December 19, 2014 Benchmarking Business Ethics

Source: Huff Post

For decades, a company's performance has been measured almost exclusively in economic terms. Social and environmental issues such as health and safety in garment factories in Bangladesh, the use of conflict minerals in our...

December 18, 2014 Say Goodbye to the American Century

Source: Time

America is not in decline. the U.S. will have the world’s most formidable military for the foreseeable future. Its economy remains the world’s largest, and its recovery will probably gather more steam in 2015. Its workforce is...

December 17, 2014 Beware The Approaching Silent Killer: Influenza

Source: Forbes

Now that the media have finished with the luridly reported and absurdly exaggerated concerns about Ebola in the U.S., they might wish to consider a genuine imminent threat to our health: influenza. The “flu,” which is marked by...

December 17, 2014 The problem with corporate social responsibility

Source: Open Democracy

The problem with an approach that lets business define corporate responsibility is that it is not grounded in a set of principles about what it means to be a responsible business. Corporate social responsibility is whatever...

December 17, 2014 Sierra Leone’s crisis deepens as doctors die of Ebola

Source: Washington Post

No evacuation plane to the United States or Europe awaited Dr. Thomas Rogers in early December when he fell ill with the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone. Instead, the highly trained physicianstruggled to be admitted to one of the...

December 17, 2014 Hedge Fund Manager Who Remembers 1998 Rout Says Prepare for Pain

Source: Bloomberg

“My long-standing view on EM currencies is that they could melt down because there has simply been way too much cumulative capital flows,” said Jen. “Nothing the EM economics can do will stop these potential outflows as long as...

December 12, 2014 Corporate social responsibility is about the action, not the talk

Source: Financial Post

You might think that embracing Corporate Social Responsibility is a matter of public relations, but there are practical legal reasons for mining companies to have a CSR strategy in place

December 10, 2014 Sustainable & Responsible Investing: It's Now $1-in-$6 in the US Capital Markets!

Source: CSRWire, Hank Boerner, Chairman, Governance & Accountability Institute

For your conversations inside the company, and perhaps outside, the following key numbers should help you make the investing or business case for corporate responsibility:

December 9, 2014 How to be a socially responsible investor

The Week Magazine - In 2013, $6.57 trillion in assets under management were devoted to socially responsible investing â an increase of 76 percent since 2012, according to the Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment...

December 9, 2014 The Heat Is On: Three Ways To Avoid Climate Armageddon

Forbes - The UN îIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeî (IPCC) report echoes the work released by 13 US federal government agencies this past spring predicting that climate change would harm the American economy...

December 8, 2014 Beyond profits: Millennials embrace investing for social good

Source: LA Times

Yet there are questions about how far millennials will be willing or able to take socially responsible investing — especially if it means their nest egg earns less than the stock market overall. As people age, the fear of...

December 8, 2014 Philanthropy Over Policy Equals Plutocracy

Source: by Larry Checco

Philanthropy verses policy. What’s at stake? In the United States of America, perhaps our entire democratic process. At a recent Brookings Institution event that focused on income inequality, John Prideaux, Washington...[more]

December 5, 2014 Opinion: Sorry, but America is still No. 1

Source: MarketWatch

CAMBRIDGE — Headlines around the world trumpeted a watershed moment for the global economy. As the Financial Times put it, “China poised to pass U.S. as world’s leading economic power this year.” This is a startling development —...

December 5, 2014 Market Structure Map - Lava Cools

Source: Tim Quast, President, ModernNetworks IR LLC

In 1999, two years after the SEC passed rules on handling trades and set regulations for alternative trading systems that today we call “dark pools,” Richard Korhammer and his engineering colleagues started a direct-access...[more]

December 4, 2014 Australian companies fail to identify sustainability risks and opportunities

Source: The Guardian

In an interview earlier this year with a corporate sustainability director of a leading Australian corporation, I had hoped to discuss the value of sustainability reporting. What was said I’ve heard on several occasions, but it...

December 4, 2014 4 Ways You Can Give (And Get) Through Socially Responsible Investing

Source: Forbes

At its core, it’s when you weigh both social impact and financial return while choosing investments for your portfolio—and it’s become an increasingly popular way for people to invest in causes they believe in.

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