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In "The Concept of the Corporation," to quote the noted management guru Peter Drucker, modern big business is something that must be accepted by every country, for it is obvious that modern industrial technology requires some form of big-business organization.  Therefore, "Big Business" is something that must be accepted as the very center of any modern industrial society.  The central question, then, is not whether we want Big Business, but what we want of it; and what organization of Big Business and of the society it serves is best equipped to [help us] realize our wishes and demands..."

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July 25, 2014 Just how responsible is your 'socially responsible' fund'

Canada - So how can socially responsible funds justify being invested in oilsands' Well, most use a best-of-sector approach, based on the work of Toronto-based îJantzi Researchî. îJantzi Researchî analyses...

July 24, 2014 In 2014 Proxy Season, Shareholders Got More Political

Source: Corporate Counsel

A new study shows that more than in any recent year, labor-affiliated shareholder activism in 2014 has primarily involved public employee pension funds, especially those for New York City and state, as well as the American...

July 24, 2014 Herbalife Bashing Brings Bill Ackman Behind Where He First Began

Source: Bloomberg

During a more than three-hour presentation yesterday, billionaire investor Bill Ackman choked up while describing his family’s immigrant beginnings, called Herbalife (HLF) Ltd. Chief Executive Officer Michael Johnson “a predator”...

Research & Insights

July 16, 2014 New report makes case for impact investing

FTSE Global Markets - US investment firm Sonen Capital has published a new report which suggests that impact investment can outperform traditional asset class strategies. The firm, headquartered in San Francisco, launched the...

July 15, 2014 Fixed income managers shift focus to ESG

Source: Investor Daily

The JANA ESG in Fixed Interest Survey, which recorded the responses of 63 of the largest fixed income managers, found 88 per cent of respondents believe ESG factors influence the financial outcomes of fixed income investments.

April 8, 2014 Proxy Preview 2014: A record of ESG Shareholder Resolutions Filed

Source: Green Money Journal

The Proxy Preview 2014 report (www.proxypreview.org ), released in March, covers the record-breaking 417 social and environmental shareholder resolutions filed this proxy season, with political spending and climate change driving...

Commentary & Opinion

July 16, 2014 How to invest ethically

theguardian.com - The study from îEurosifî, the Brussels-based European Sustainable Investment Forum, claims that an exciting new phase in the development of ethical investment is now taking place in the UK. To mark...

July 15, 2014 How Climate Change Changed Me

Source: Politico

When I learned that the New York Times was planning to report on my time as an investor at Farallon Capital Management, I wanted to sit down with the reporter while I was in New York City to discuss the issue in person—and on the...

June 5, 2014 The Role of Individual Investors in Prompting Governance Reform via the Proxy Process

Source: guest commentary by Tim Smith – Walden Asset Management

We have all read a great deal about the concern that companies, the [US] Chamber of Commerce and SEC Commissioner Gallagher have about the “highjacking” of the proxy process. Particular anger is aimed at John Chevedden, Bill...


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