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October 11, 2013 Shareholder activism & corporate performance

Source: Business Day

Shareholder activism is a way in which shareholders can influence a company’s behavior by exercising their rights as owners (Investopedia). Shareholder activism is not the prerogative of minority shareholders as it can involve...

October 11, 2013 Reflections on the UNGC Leaders Summit 2013: Architects of a Better World

Source: Eiris Blog

What does the post-2015 agenda of Sustainable Development Goals mean for investors? This year I was fortunate enough to join over 1,000 Corporate Leaders at the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) Leaders Summit in New York. The...

October 3, 2013 Corporate governance is a part of every major decision

Source: Financial Post

These days a corporate commercial lawyer is both business advisor and legal advisor. It’s easy to get seduced by the fact that you’re helping make strategic decisions. But you have to remind yourself that your purpose in the room...

September 27, 2013 Spectra Energy Betrays Community; Latest: 431.5 Thousand Cubic Feet of Nat Gas in Uncontrolled Release From Spectra Energy Facility – After 6 Months Company Still Refuses to Publicly Disclose Amount & Why

Source: Mike Benard

Slick words from a Spectra Energy executive who publicly touts the company’s “continual communication and …. Discussion with stakeholders to address their issues and concerns.” By stakeholders, the company means landowners...[more]

September 25, 2013 ESG and impact investing-the new killer app

Source: Reuters

When I started to talk with asset owners and managers about ESG investment (liquid side of sustainable investment) and Impact investment (illiquid side of sustainable investment), everyone asked me “Robert, that is fascinating...

September 23, 2013 A Better Way to Compare C.E.O. Pay

Source: Gretchen Morgenson, NY Times

Now the Securities and Exchange Commission has dipped its toe into the executive pay pool with a rule issued last week that would require companies to publish a comparison of their chief executives’ pay to the median compensation...

September 20, 2013 Money Funds Are Circling the Wagons on Rules

Source: Floyd Norris, NY Times

Bank regulators around the world are forcing banks to hold more capital than they did before the financial crisis revealed just how inadequate their capital truly was. But one set of American banks appears to be on the verge of...

September 16, 2013 Recollections of 30 years of EIRIS

Source: EIRIS Blog

Imagine the ethical investment scene in the early eighties. Some investors were waking up to their responsibilities as part-owners of companies that had a significant impact on society and the world. Yet there were no channels...

September 6, 2013 The Perils When Megabanks Lose Focus

Source: Floyd Norris, NY Times

Five years ago, as Lehman Brothers teetered, there was remarkably little concern about what would happen if it failed and virtually none about what would happen to the rest of Wall Street if it did.

September 6, 2013 From Externality to Reality – ’30 years of making the business case for environmental issues

Source: Eiris Blog

It is commonly accepted that the modern environmental movement was founded in the 1960’s, catalysed by the publication of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring. Despite this, when EIRIS was established in 1983, most in the business and...

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