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November 2, 2011 The mystery of mutual fund proxy votes

Source: Reuters

The Occupy Wall Street movement has shown us that many people want their opinions to be heard on how companies conduct business. But if you own a mutual fund, chances are your fund manager is siding with corporations. Voting with...

October 31, 2011 Socially Responsible Investing: How Small Investors Can Drive Change

Source: Triple Pundit

From Quaker prohibitions on slave trading, to boycotts of firms doing business in apartheid South Africa, to analyzing corporate carbon emissions, Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) has come a long way. In a panel session...

October 28, 2011 Corporate Social Responsibility: Irresponsible?

Source: Sustainable Business Forum

CSR introduces into the business context a moral disposition towards people and planet. According to critics, this moral disposition is uncalled for: it is sickening the business. Is this critique just? In Just Business,...

October 27, 2011 Proxy Access for the 99% – Open for USPX Member Comment

Source: James McRitchie, Corp Gov.net

The time has come for shareowners to be allowed to include their own nominees for corporate boards in the proxy materials their corporations send out every year—so-called “ballot” or “proxy access.” The current system—that only...

October 20, 2011 Shareholder Activism: This Specter Won't Stop Haunting the Marketplace

Source: Forbes

Would it be a terrible surprise to learn that, having lost around 60% of share price since the beginning of the year, Research in Motion (RIM) is now susceptible to activist shareholders? That the company’s poor performance on...

October 19, 2011 No Innocent Shareowners #OWS: The Duty of Care

Source: James McRitchie, CorpGov.net

John Paulson, the hedge fund titan who made billions in the financial crisis by betting against the subprime mortgage market defends the 1%: “The top 1 percent of New Yorkers pay over 40 percent of all income taxes, providing...

October 17, 2011 Wall Street protesters: Blame cronyism, not capitalism

Source: The Daily Caller

I didn’t “occupy Wall Street,” though I spent enough hours working there that a sleeping bag could have come in handy. I can attest to one of the protesters’ claims about Wall Street bankers: While most are good and ethical...

August 31, 2011 Impact Investing Defined

Source: Huffington Post

The term "Impact Investing" has taken on many meanings in the past few years. I want to end the confusion and underscore that impact investing must by definition deliver impactful and compelling financial returns.

August 26, 2011 Sustainability and good business

Source: ITI News - South Africa

Socially responsible investing has, in the past, been ignored by investors who believe that companies which put 'softer' issues - such as environmental and social issues - on the same level as financial profits, will...

August 23, 2011 Investor Giant CalPERS Wrestles With Measuring Environmental Performance

Source: Mindy Lubber, Forbes

So you’re managing a $200 billion investment portfolio. And now you’ve been asked to integrate environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations across all of your asset classes. What do you do? This is not an MBA...

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