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 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 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

“It is difficult to make predictions, especially about the future…”
By George Gay

Occasionally, an internal e-mail “conversation” is worth summarizing and sharing widely—as a way to illustrate the deep thinking that goes on behind the scenes at First Affirmative and the value proposition that is central to our purpose as an asset manager and consultant to socially conscious investors. Recently, a network advisor brought Harry Dent’s new Read more »

Posted: June 18, 2014

Time for a Military Makeover?
By Michael Schweibinz

The United States military is heavily reliant on fossil fuels; they power our troops forward on everything from tanks to aircraft carriers to Humvees. Our fuel dependence has created a “huge national security threat to our military overseas.” Interestingly enough, it’s not our economists or politicians admitting this reality – it’s our veterans. Aaron Bailey, a Read more »

Posted: June 16, 2014

New Carbon Pollution Standards Met with Applause… and Jeers
By Holly Testa

You have no doubt heard about the proposed carbon standards to be applied to existing power plants that have been much in the news recently. The details are many (645 pages!), but the goal is clear: Cut carbon pollution from the power sector by 30% from 2005 levels by 2030. Power plants are the largest source of Read more »

Posted: June 11, 2014

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