Fiduciary Duty and Socially Conscious Investing – Guidance for Investment Managers and the new DOL Fiduciary Rule
By Guest Contributor

By Greg Jackson The updated guidance issued by the Department of Labor (DOL) in October 2015 acknowledged that fiduciaries can proactively apply Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) factor analysis when making investment decisions, and that those factors may have a "direct relationship to the economic and financial value of an investment." What is a fiduciary? Under Read more »

Posted: April 7, 2017

Why Water Is Becoming Everyone's Business
By Guest Contributor

For years the U.S. has enjoyed an abundance of water for households, business, and agriculture. However, within the last decade, the western U.S. has begun to experience its share of water stress and droughts showing the need for more awareness and for the need to implement solutions focused on mitigation and adaptation. Peter Culp, an Read more »

Posted: April 5, 2017

SRI Scholarship Winners Embrace the Full Immersion into SRI
By Guest Contributor

Compiled by Robin Miller, 2016 SRI Scholar Those who attended the 27th Conference on Sustainable, Responsible, Impact (SRI) Investing in Denver may have noticed a slight change in demographics, with more faces of Millennials and Gen Z'ers gracing the crowd. For twelve of these younger faces, attendance was made possible through the SRI Scholarship program.  Read more »

Posted: March 20, 2017

Genderfluenced Investing Gets Dynamic During an Action Strategy Circle
By Guest Contributor

Robin Miller, SRI Scholarship Winner 2016 Women as investors and entrepreneurs are a powerful and growing source for good. Over the next few decades, $30 trillion in wealth will be transferred to a younger generation, and women stand to receive well more than half. Recognizing this, there is a growing body of evidence that using Read more »

Posted: March 20, 2017

Intangible Assets: Understanding the Link Between Ethics and Returns
By Guest Contributor

By Sarah Reice With the onset of 2017, we find ourselves in an extremely turbulent economic, cultural, and political environment. Despite efforts to create a global unified rule of law by organizations such as the United Nations and the International Monetary Fund, no global regulatory consensus exists. In a world of unprecedented globalization, no single Read more »

Posted: March 13, 2017

Toward an Innovative CEO Compensation Package
By Mel Miller

There are four functions of management: planning, organizing, controlling, and leading. The first three are self-explanatory, but leading involves motivating others. Motivation is the subject of this blog and many other articles. Specifically, I want to explore whether the techniques utilized to motivate base-level employees and managers are effective for Chief Executive Officers (CEO's) of Read more »

Posted: February 13, 2017

持続可能性: Sustainability, the Japanese Way
By Holly Testa, Director, Shareowner Engagement

Discussing environmental, social and governance issues with companies can be a challenge even when you share a common language and culture. How does one navigate this complex conversation when these commonalities are absent?  Lauren Compere, Director of Shareholder Engagement at Boston Common Asset Management, recently returned from her third trip to Japan. She represented First Read more »

Posted: January 18, 2017

Impact Investing and the Dakota Access Pipeline
By Laura Isanuk

The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) is a textbook example of environmental injustice within the United States. The treatment of sovereign Native American nations by the U.S. government has rarely been admirable over the past 200 years, but DAPL has sparked the interest of a broad swath of Americans interested in social justice and attracted thousands Read more »

Posted: December 30, 2016

The Future of Native Sovereignty in the US
By Guest Contributor

  By Greg Jackson The proposed Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) is one of the most controversial domestic issues in the United States at the present moment. Despite a recent US government call for "nationwide reform with respect to considering tribes' views on these types of infrastructure projects," the first draft of the Army Corps of Read more »

Posted: December 21, 2016

The Relationship Between ESG and Financial Performance
By Will Linkenheil

Until quite recently, Sustainable, Responsible, Impact (SRI) investing was looked down upon by much of the investing community. There was serious concern "that incorporating environment, social, and governance (ESG) criteria into a portfolio design meant accepting a lower rate of return." However, a growing body of research is making it "clear that sustainable and responsible Read more »

Posted: December 19, 2016

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