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The Origins

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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April 29, 2016 Rowan Williams calls on Cambridge University to divest from fossil fuels

Source: The Guardian

Former archbishop of Canterbury says the university should withdraw its £5.8bn fund from from oil, coal and gas on ethical and financial grounds

April 27, 2016 The Changing Face Of Socially Responsible Investing

Source: Forbes

Some critiques of traditional socially responsible investing strategies are that they often do not consider the investment merits of a given company’s stock and that the excluded companies that were perhaps “sinful” in certain...

April 27, 2016 Warren Buffett Faces Pressure to Invest for the Climate, Not Just for Profit

Inside Climate News - manager of the insurance program at Ceres, a nonprofit that promotes sustainable business practices. "The markets pay attention to where he puts his money." Though Buffett profits handsomely from substantial...

Research & Insights

December 3, 2015 ISS and Glass Lewis Update their Proxy Voting Guidelines for 2016 Proxy Season

Source: JD Supra

Proxy advisory firms Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and Glass Lewis each have released updates to their policies that outline how they will form recommendations to shareholders on how they should vote on governance,...

September 25, 2015 2015 Shareholder Activism Study From FTI Consulting and Activist Insight Finds Continued Appetite for Activism in Global Marketplace

GlobeNewswire - Steven Balet, Managing Director and activism specialist in the Strategic Communications segment at FTI Consulting, noted, "Recent examples of institutions and activists working together include Relational and...

August 31, 2015 Corporate Governance And Hedge Fund Activism

Source: ValueWalk

Over the past 25 years, hedge fund activism has emerged as new form of corporate governance mechanism that brings about operational, financial and governance reforms to a corporation. Many prominent business executives and legal...

Commentary & Opinion

March 28, 2016 Morningstar and the democratization of ESG information

Source: GreenBiz

The ordinary investor is more likely to have most of his money in mutual funds than individual stocks or bonds, but until recently there have been few options to determine how sustainable these funds may be.

March 1, 2016 Social Investing: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

Source: Forbes

Socially responsible investing (SRI) has become a cultural phenomenon. Many investors are increasingly attempting to align their investment strategies with their social values. According to the 2014 Report on Sustainable and...

March 1, 2016 ESG: Legal Opinion On Role Of Fiduciaries As Investors Get Serious

Source: Forbes

The Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) has just released a paper made up of two legal opinions from Groom Law and Morgan Lewis on integrating ESG issues into investment decisions under the Employee Retirement Security...


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