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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...

September 19, 2014 This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate by Naomi Klein – review

Source: Guardian (UK)

Klein wants this book to be read by people who don't read climate-change books – it addresses a potential catastrophe yet is calm and welcoming

September 18, 2014 Letter to a new chairman about the sustainability agenda

Source: FT

There is only one assumption underpinning this letter: that in becoming chair, you see yourself as a creator of long-term value for shareholders, not a short-term profit maximiser. If that assumption is incorrect, just pass on to...

September 18, 2014 Kingsdale’s Wes Hall gives his view on the ‘state of the proxy season’

Source: Financial Post

Wes Hall, the founder and chief executive at Kingsdale Shareholder Services, a shareholder communications firm that’s very active in proxy contests, has two pieces of advice to his issuing clients: keep talking to your...

September 18, 2014 Market Structure Map - Risk

Source: Tim Quast, president, ModernNetworks IR LLC

Is the stock market poised for an advance to the rear? Gains yesterday notwithstanding, our measures of market sentiment reflected in the ten-point ModernIR Behavioral Index dipped to negative this week for the first time since...[more]

September 17, 2014 Is America's View of China Fogged by Liberal Ideas'

china.usc.edu - In addition to his responsibilities at NYU, Cohen served for several years as C.V. Starr senior fellow and director of Asia Studies at the îCouncil on Foreign Relationsî, where he currently is an...

September 17, 2014 How Can You Invest in Stocks Ethically? How To Start a Socially Responsible Investment Portfolio

Source: Bustle

You may have heard the term ethical or socially responsible investing. The idea is simple: putting your money into companies that adhere to your personal moral code. In practice though, how do you go about figuring out which...

September 16, 2014 Government given red card for failing to tackle UK's toxic air

Source: Politics.co.uk

The government has been handed a 'red card' by MPs over its failure to tackle rising levels of air pollution across the UK. Air pollution contributes to thousands of deaths across the country every year, but government promises...

September 16, 2014 Getting Ultra-Sustainability to Be as Big and American as Burgers

Source: Huff Post

I'm sitting in front of a gorgeous cheeseburger. This thing looks picture perfect pretty, almost too good to eat. It's a vision right out of a culinary magazine. I'm starving yet I take a moment to strategize how this concoction...

September 16, 2014 A smart look at the climate-change debate

Source: Washington Post

Science writer Charles C. Mann writes books that take on big topics — examining the history of aspirin and the nature of modern physics, for example...Now, in a long, thoughtful and entertaining article in the September Atlantic...

September 15, 2014 Column: Investing for positive change in the world

Source: West Fair Online

All around us, there’s growing awareness and concern about the impact of business practices on our environment and society. Increasingly, civic-minded consumers are interested not just in the quality and cost of the goods and...

September 12, 2014 How to Build a Green Economy Without Sacrificing Jobs

Moyers & Company - The îIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeî (IPCC) estimates that to stabilize the global average temperature at its current level of around 60.3° Fahrenheit, which is...

September 12, 2014 Economy or Environment? We Need Both.

Source: Huff Post

The focus of American agriculture has for decades been on maximizing yields rather than the downstream implications. A typical bushel per acre yield nowadays is three or four times that of my grandpa's winning year, made possible...

September 11, 2014 Morgan Stanley incorporates sustainability into equity analysis

Source: Reuters

Jessica Alsford, Head of Morgan Stanley’s Sustainable and Responsible research team, is driving a strategy to incorporate long term environmental, social and governance issues into the firm’s equity research analysis. We joined...

September 10, 2014 Ignore geopolitical risk at your peril, investors warned

Source: deVere Group

Investors are being urged by a leading global analyst to review their portfolios more regularly and to include a small exposure into real assets, such as commodities and precious metals, as a precaution against rising...[more]

September 10, 2014 How we can make ethical shopping a changing force

Eco-business - Good For Us founder Chris Jensen calls for innovative ways to make ethical shopping - buying from brands that do right by workers and the environment - more widely and easily accessible. Ethical shopping is one of...

September 8, 2014 Smithfield's CEO Explains Role of Sustainability in Corporate Philosophy

Source: The Pig Site

In the first of a three 'Sustainability Stories', Smithfield Foods CEO outlines the role of sustainability in his corporate philosophy.

September 8, 2014 The EU and the Future of Non-Financial Reporting

Triple Pundit - In a historic vote on April 15, the European Parliament adopted the most significant corporate social responsibility measure, anywhere, to date. Once passed at the European Council and country level, the directive...

September 5, 2014 Market Structure Map - Without Your Knowledge

Source: Tim Quast, president, ModernNetworks IR LLC

Facebook collaborated with two respected universities to study your emotional responses when shown different kinds of news. Without your knowledge[more]

September 3, 2014 Where Will Europe Find Energy This Winter?

Source: Wall Srteet Daily

Ukraine is a major conduit for Russian energy to Europe. It’s a country blessed with rich farmland – a regional breadbasket of sorts. Russian natural gas passes through pipelines in Ukraine to customers all over Europe.

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