More than $1.5 Billion Flows Into Impact Investing
By Dan Sherman

“From combating childhood obesity to fighting climate change, from preparing American students for a 21st Century economy to doubling access to power in sub-Saharan Africa and ensuring all hard-working Americans have the opportunities to get ahead, our biggest national and global challenges require an all-hands-on-deck approach,” according to a White House report. One approach to Read more »

Posted: August 12, 2014

Green Bonds: Birth of a Sector
By Mel Miller

The Sustainable, Responsible, Impact (SRI) investing movement is definitely in the growth stage as more and more investors are convinced that climate change is a “real and present” danger. Until 2008, fixed income investors did not have an investment product whereby they could directly invest in specific corporate projects designed to benefit sustainability. Prior to Read more »

Posted: August 7, 2014

Climate Change Risks and Opportunities—From a Banking Perspective
By Dan Sherman

It’s clear that action is needed to mitigate global warming risks, including sea level rise and environmental degradation. When a company or industry makes a change to reduce emissions or environmental impact, it’s big news; but it would be far better if shifts in corporate policy could affect many companies and industries simultaneously. This is Read more »

Posted: August 5, 2014

Fossil Fuels: Divest AND Engage!
By Holly Testa

The Unitarian Universalist Association, a faith-based community of more than 1000 congregations, has joined a growing list of institutions choosing to both divest AND engage. The Association recently passed a resolution that requires their $137 million endowment fund to cease purchasing securities in the Carbon Tracker 200—those companies with the largest proven carbon reserves—and to Read more »

Posted: July 24, 2014

Impact Investing Entering Mainstream Financial Planning
By Dan Sherman

“Advisers who don’t believe Impact Investing will play a meaningful role in their own client strategies aren’t seeing the writing on the wall,” according to William Burkhart in a recent article in InvestmentNews. In fact, some of the largest asset management companies around the world appear to agree. And the new awareness of investing for Read more »

Posted: July 22, 2014

2014 Proxy Voting Record
By Holly Testa

Proxy voting is not particularly exciting, but it is a crucial shareowner right, and an important way to impact the behavior of public companies. Since most clients are not able to attend the annual meetings of each corporation in which they hold stock, First Affirmative votes electronically, on behalf of clients, according to our comprehensive Read more »

Posted: July 14, 2014

Largest U.S. Companies Respond to Climate Change – And Save $1.1 Billion
By Dan Sherman

Some of the largest corporations in America are taking action on climate change and profiting handsomely from doing so. According to the “Power Forward 2.0” report by Calvert Investments, WWF, Ceres, and DGA, 60% of Fortune 100 companies (essentially the largest 100 public companies in the United States) have set greenhouse gas reduction and clean Read more »

Posted: July 8, 2014

What Does a Sustainable Brand Look Like, and Why Do We Care?
By Logan Coffman

The word sustainability is tossed around so frequently by the increasingly eco-conscious that it is becoming a candidate for Buzzword of the Year. But what does “sustainable” actually mean in our consumer-focused world? How does a company successfully capture and reflect the characteristics of what modern-day consumers consider a sustainable product? And why should we Read more »

Posted: June 30, 2014

Brazil Leads the World in Climate Change Mitigation
By Michael Schweibinz

Just ten years ago, Brazil had the highest deforestation rate in the world. Today, the World Cup host does more than any other country to prevent climate change. A recent study by Science Magazine found that Brazil has reduced deforestation in the Amazon rain forest by 70%. In doing so, the country has prevented 3.2 billion tons of carbon Read more »

Posted: June 25, 2014

China to Cap Carbon Emissions!?
By Michael Schweibinz

Earlier this month, President Obama proposed the biggest action we have seen in years to fight global warming. The EPA is setting the first-ever limits on carbon pollution from existing coal-fired power plants—the single largest source of global warming pollution in America. The Sustainable, Responsible, Impact (SRI) investment industry, including First Affirmative Financial Network, is Read more »

Posted: June 23, 2014

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