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August 29, 2014 Lessons on corporate governance

Source: Destiny Connect

Senior lecturer in Leadership and Corporate Responsibility at Gibs, Dr Gavin Price says the culture of compliance adopted within an organisation is determined by its leaders and sets a pattern for the rest of the organisation....

August 29, 2014 A new green wave

Source: The Economist

BILL MCKIBBEN, an American environmentalist, once dismissed sustainability as “a buzzless buzzword”. That seems about right. A survey of 2,000 companies by the MIT Sloan Management Review and the Boston Consulting Group found...

August 29, 2014 Accounting for the Expanding Carbon Shadow from Coal-Burning Plants

Source: NY Times

Steven Davis of the University of California, Irvine, and Robert Socolow of Princeton have written “Commitment accounting of CO2 emissions,” a valuable new paper in Environmental Research Letters showing the value of shifting...

August 28, 2014 Five Trends that Show Corporate Responsibility is Here to Stay

TMCnet - (î3BL Mediaî Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Sustainability began as an ad-hoc response to environmental accidents but has evolved into a global movementSOURCE: United Nations Global Compact DESCRIPTION:By Georg...

August 26, 2014 Citi’s Pam Flaherty sees sustainability for operations and investors

Source: Reuters

Leading Citi’s sustainability efforts is in part about broad stakeholder and partner engagement. You have to be able to visualize impact and potential across a spectrum of constituents, as much external as internal.

August 26, 2014 Sustainability: The Universal Solvent of Private Property Rights

Source: American Thinker

The alchemists of old were diligently ambitious in their goals. These antecedents of modern chemistry were not hindered by a lack of knowledge of atomic structure and physical chemistry when it came to setting priorities. ...

August 25, 2014 Is corporate governance overrated?

Source: FT.com

Alot of nonsense is talked about corporate governance. I can see why. Often, corporate governance disputes come down to colourful personalities, or noisy showdowns at annual meetings. Both make for interesting copy – just look at...

August 22, 2014 Updating the rules of international finance

Source: Reuters

Tuesday, August 19, was Earth Overshoot Day, the day when humanity’s demand for ecological resources and services exceeded what Earth will regenerate this year. Moving a few days earlier on the calendar each year, Earth Overshoot...

August 22, 2014 Does Social Responsibility Hurt a Company's Bottom Line?

Source: Entrepreneur

Cold-blooded? Unfeeling? Exploitive? In a way, that's Sullivan's stock in trade. The Vice Fund is one of the few remaining "sin" funds that advertise their investment in alcohol, tobacco, gaming and defense stocks. Proponents are...

August 21, 2014 Market Structure Map - Tray Dat

Source: Tim Quast, president, ModernNetworks IR LLC

So here’s what’s happening. The SEC in June directed exchanges and Finra, the regulatory body for brokerages, to develop a plan for testing wider spreads in stocks. The SEC wants three test groups for a year-long pilot program. ...[more]

August 20, 2014 An insider’s view: why more companies should tie bonuses to sustainability

Source: The Guardian

I didn’t get my full stock bonus last year. It wasn’t because I didn’t meet my revenue or profit goals; I exceeded them. Instead, it was because my carbon emissions reduction efforts fell short, partly due to the integration of...

August 20, 2014 Why Does Less Meat Mean Less Heat' (Op-Ed)

Live Science - According to the îFood and Agriculture Organization of the United Nationsî, global animal agriculture produces vast amounts of crops to feed billions of farm animals long before they are themselves...

August 19, 2014 Opinion: Why America and Americans are Exceptional?

Source: India New England

In the September of 2013, President Barack Obama claimed while addressing the United Nations that America and Americans are exceptional because of certain, special traits. Russian President Vladimir Putin and other World leaders...

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...

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