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March 19, 2012 Signs of Progress…or Alarming Trends?

Source: The Motley Fool

Years ago, shareholder activism was never newsworthy unless somebody like Carl Icahn or Bill Ackman was taking the action. These days, shareholder activism has become an area that's worth following closely.

March 15, 2012 Social Finance's Tracy Palandjian on the Next Generation of Responsible Investing

Source: Knowledge at Wharton

"The Caging of America" -- an article in The New Yorker written by Adam Gopnik -- paints a disturbing picture of the human toll and costs of the nation's prison system. In it, Gopnik notes that between 1980 and 2010, the number...

March 13, 2012 Keeping up with Europe's ESG pace-setters

Source: City Wire

Whether you talk about SRI (Socially Responsible Investing), RI (Responsible Investing) or ESG (Environmental Social and Governance), it boils down to taking a wider-angled perspective on how investments across asset classes and...

February 20, 2012 Corporate governance: SEC, shareholder activism driving enhanced director disclosure

Source: Reuters

With a slew of Dodd-Frank and SEC driven regulations headlining the 2012 proxy season, enhanced director disclosure will be a prominent issue as investors demand heightened corporate accountability and broader levels of...

January 18, 2012 Eco-Friendly Economics for the Green Investor

Source: News Discovery

Putting money where your mouth is can be a scary prospect for the Earth-friendly investor in the current economy. Making environmentally responsible investment decisions doesn't have to be a baldness-inducing gamble. Three...

December 22, 2011 New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli On Importance of Responsible Investing

Source: New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, sole trustee of the US$140 billion retirement fund, spoke of the importance of sustainable investing at the Responsible Investor annual conference at Bloomberg headquarters on 13...[more]

December 21, 2011 The problem with green rankings

Source: Guardian.co.uk

News Corporation – a multinational media conglomerate that includes BSKYB, Dow Jones, Fox News, 20th Century Fox and Star, among other units – announced earlier this year that it has become climate neutral, meaning that its...

December 8, 2011 Occupy Wall Street: A Generation Of 20-Somethings Airs Its Grievances, Its Frustrations

Source: Amanda Fairbanks, Huff Post

NEW YORK -- Since graduating a year and a half ago from the Rhode Island School of Design, Nate Barchus hasn't shaken a nagging feeling: that he's aimless. During college, the 23-year-old illustration major had grown...

December 7, 2011 Higher Education and Responsible Investing: $350 Billion at Stake

Source: Forbes

Recently, I interviewed Dan Apfel, Executive Director of the Responsible Endowments Coalition (REC)'''the leading voice for responsible investing in higher education. REC works with student activists and college community ...

November 15, 2011 Hit Banks Where It Hurts If They Damage Society

Source: Carnegie Endowment

This week marks the two-month anniversary of the launch of the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations. In that short time, the protests have spread to more than 900 cities worldwide and, one poll suggests, have won the support of a...

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