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March 19, 2015 What’s ‘Material’ When It Comes to Sustainability in Business?

Source: Triple Pundit

It’s somewhat opaque and may not roll off the tongue, but “materiality” is an issue of growing importance in corporate boardrooms and executive suites, as well as among shareholder interest groups. As is the case when any new...

March 19, 2015 Janet Yellen Isn’t Going to Raise Interest Rates Until She’s Good and Ready

Source: NY Times - Upshot

The key words in Janet Yellen’s news conference Wednesday were rather pithy, at least by central bank standards. “Just because we removed the word ‘patient’ from the statement doesn’t mean we are going to be impatient,” Ms....

March 19, 2015 Fed Signals It May Increase Interest Rates by Midyear - text/video

Source: NY Times

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve on Wednesday moved to the verge of raising interest rates for the first time since the Great Recession, even as officials suggested that the Fed might not take that action until later this year.

March 18, 2015 Sustainability reporting key to good corporate governance

Source: The

Sustainability information can be understood as any information having to do with how corporates use and affect financial, natural and human resources, and how their corporate governance is conducted. The United Nations...

March 18, 2015 Intensifying Calif. drought sets off alarms

Source: USA Today

As California's epic drought continues with no end in sight, it is setting off new alarms about unprecedented water shortages, increased wildfire threats, fewer crops and farmers, higher electric bills and huge economic losses...

March 18, 2015 Oil Drops to Six-Year Low as Dollar Swings Before Fed

Source: Bloomberg

Oil extended losses to a seventh day, heading toward a bear market, before U.S. stockpiles data, while the dollar fluctuated ahead of the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy decision. Chinese shares surged on bets the government...

March 18, 2015 Premera Blue Cross Hacked: 11 Million Customers Could Be Affected

Source: NBC News

Health insurer Premera Blue Cross was the target of a major cyberattack, and personal or health data for as many as 11 million people may have been compromised, the company announced Tuesday. Premera said Tuesday hackers gained...

March 17, 2015 The melting of Antarctica was already really bad. It just got worse.

Source: Washington Post

A hundred years from now, humans may remember 2014 as the year that we first learned that we may have irreversibly destabilized the great ice sheet of West Antarctica, and thus set in motion more than 10 feet of sea level rise.

March 17, 2015 The Divestment Distraction and a Positive Vision of Sustainability

Source: Huff Post

The environmental community has long needed to stop bad things from happening and over time has developed the mindset that the job of environmental protection is to avert damage and destruction. Emerging naturally from that...

March 17, 2015 Draghi: Sustained recovery arriving in Europe

Source: USA Today

FRANKFURT, Germany — A sustained economic recovery is finally arriving in the 19-country eurozone, European Central Bank head Mario Draghi said Monday - a recovery he says must be used to complete the euro currency union and fix...

March 17, 2015 In Shift, Firms Give Investors New Clout Over Board Seats

Source: Wall Street Journal

WASHINGTON—Several big U.S. companies are poised to hand activist investors the keys to their boardrooms following intense shareholder pressure and a regulatory shift that disrupted firms’ ability to block investor...

March 16, 2015 Capitalizing on Capital Markets Through ESG

Source: Forbes

Henry (Hank) Boerner, chairman and chief executive officer of Governance & Accountability Institute (G&A Institute), has served as board member and chair of the Issues Management Council, a global professional membership...

March 16, 2015 Wall St Week Ahead-Investors in 'patient panic' over Fed language

Source: Reuters

U.S. stock markets are in the midst of a "'patient' panic" ahead of Wednesday's Federal Reserve statement, when many investors expect a change in the Fed's language that would send the clearest signal yet that a rate hike is...

March 16, 2015 More demand for sustainable mutual funds

Source: Dener Post

More people are looking for investments that not only rise in value but also hold true to their personal values. Enter sustainable mutual funds, which are referred to as socially responsible funds or impact investments. Just as a...

March 16, 2015 Dollar Falls as Oil Hits 6-Year Low; Europe Stocks Climb

Source: Bloomberg

The dollar slipped and Treasuries rallied before this week’s Federal Reserve meeting, while oil in New York touched its lowest level since 2009 amid increased projections for U.S. output. European stocks rose and Chinese shares...

March 13, 2015 Corporate Sustainability: The Board’s Role in Oversight

Source: Corporate Counsel

MCC interviews Robyn Bew, director of research, National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), which recently published its Director’s Handbook on Oversight of Corporate Sustainability Activities.

March 13, 2015 US household wealth touches record high: Nearly $83 trillion

Source: Bellingham Herald

WASHINGTON — Fueled by higher stock and home values, Americans' net worth reached a record high in the final three months of 2014. Household wealth rose 1.9 percent during the October-December quarter to nearly $83 trillion, the...

March 13, 2015 F.C.C. Sets Net Neutrality Rules

Source: NY Times

WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday released extensive details of how it would regulate broadband Internet providers as a public utility, producing official wording that almost certainly sets the stage...

March 13, 2015 Wind Power Without U.S. Subsidy to Become Cheaper Than Gas

Source: Bloomberg

Wind power will be cheaper than electricity produced from natural gas within a decade, even without a federal tax incentive, according to a U.S. Energy Department analysis.

March 13, 2015 Cold weather chills U.S. retail sales; jobs market firming

Source: Reuters

U.S. retail sales unexpectedly fell in February as harsh weather kept consumers from auto showrooms and shopping malls, tempering the outlook for first-quarter growth and a June interest rate increase by the Federal Reserve.

March 12, 2015 Euro pulls out of dive, stocks edge higher

Source: Reuters

The euro pulled out of its recent dive and the dollar eased off the accelerator pedal on Thursday, as markets took a breather after a week of breakneck moves in the world’s two biggest currencies.

March 12, 2015 Sustainability in the Operating Room

Source: Health & Hospitals Network

Hospital sustainability programs reduce costs and enhance the quality of patient care. However, given the long list of priorities that hospitals must tackle, sustainability too often falls by the wayside. Today, the benefits of...

March 12, 2015 Are U.S. Stocks Overvalued?

Source: Forbes

The question as to whether U.S. stocks are currently overvalued continues to trouble global markets. This is especially true as stocks have seen much higher volatility so far in 2015. Here’s a quick answer: on an abstract and...

March 12, 2015 Apple's iTunes Store Outage Is Costing Them Millions

Source: Forbes

Amid all the noise over the new Apple AAPL -1.84% watch, another drumbeat has sounded for the past ten hours or so. The Apple iTunes, Mac and App stores are down, and down hard. I write this at 3:30 PM EDT, and it’s still down....

March 12, 2015 FTC Sues DirecTV, Alleges Hidden Fees and Deceptive Ads

Source: ABC News

The Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday that its complaint charges DirecTV Inc. with deceptively advertising a discounted 12-month programming package. Consumers weren't clearly told that the package requires a two-year...

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