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A Brief Guide to COP21
By Ahnika LeRoy, Contributor

COP21, the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, begins on November 30th in Paris. COP21’s goal is “for the first time in over 20 years of UN negotiations” to “achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C.” Read more »

Posted: November 25, 2015


Survey: 2 Out Of 5 Financial Advisors Say They Already Offer “Impact Investing” to Clients, Another 15 Percent Plan To Do So
By Steve Schueth

Financial Advisors Agree: Millennials, Women, and College-educated Investors are Top Three Groups Driving the Availability of Impact-Investing Choices COLORADO SPRINGS (October 28, 2015)—“Impact investing” is a hot topic in the financial world today. Already, 39% of surveyed financial professionals say they are offering such choices to clients and another 15% plan to do so in Read more »

Posted: October 29, 2015


Does Corporate Lobbying Compromise Democracy… and Capitalism?
By Holly Testa, Director, Shareowner Engagement

The dictionary definition of lobbying is “an organized group of people who work together to influence government decisions that relate to a particular industry or issue.” Lobbying would therefore seem to be a cornerstone of democracy in action. If numerous groups that reflect the rich diversity of opinion held within society are effectively represented, governmental Read more »

Posted: October 27, 2015


COP21 Paris
By Ahnika LeRoy, Contributor

In climate change, humankind faces a challenge of unprecedented magnitude. While skepticism remains, the science of anthropogenic climate change is broadly accepted. Calls to keep the average rise in global temperatures within a 2oC threshold date back to 1975. Two degrees centigrade may not sound like much, but to put it in context, the temperature Read more »

Posted: October 27, 2015


Impact Investing Survey for Advisors
By Steve Schueth

Do you have a moment or two to share your views on impact investing? Here’s the background: In 2015, The SRI Conference will put investing for impact in the spotlight, with insights and discussion from many of the industry’s leading experts. Presenters and panel discussions will explore a variety of investment strategies that can help Read more »

Posted: October 1, 2015


Bees. Even More Helpful Than You Might Think!
By Ahnika LeRoy, Contributor

Bee pollination is a vital planet-wide ecological service that is often overlooked and underappreciated. Honey bees influence the economy, agriculture, and biodiversity—they are an important part of maintaining agricultural strength. Unfortunately, it’s becoming more and more apparent that human activities are putting bees at risk. But despite worrying signs of bee disappearance, there are actions Read more »

Posted: August 7, 2015


Is the Mortgage Interest Deduction a Wasted Incentive?
By Mel Miller

Today’s Congress is so focused on deficit reduction that many of the Great Society programs initiated by President Lyndon Johnson are facing major overhaul in an expense reduction effort. The attitude of Congress has changed dramatically over the last fifty years. Gone is the desire to strengthen the policies of the Great Society programs that Read more »

Posted: July 24, 2015

Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Great Pacific Garbage Patch
By Ahnika LeRoy, Contributor

“It seemed unbelievable, but I never found a clear spot. In the week it took to cross the subtropical high [between Hawaii and the continental U.S.], no matter what time of day I looked, plastic debris was floating everywhere: bottles, bottle caps, wrappers, fragments.” Since Captain Charles Moore’s discovery of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch Read more »

Posted: July 22, 2015

Pope Francis

The Pope and the Politics of Climate Change
By Rebecca Jackson, Contributor

Climate change has long been a polarizing issue in the United States. With a Presidential election on the horizon, this issue will likely become even more divisive as candidates duke it out for funding and votes. However, the usual lines of demarcation between left-and-right are blurring-thanks, in part, to Pope Francis.   In June, the Pope Read more »

Posted: July 17, 2015


YUM! Joins the Growing Corporate Commitment to 100% Responsible Palm Oil
By Holly Testa, Director, Shareowner Engagement

Trillium Asset Management and First Affirmative Financial Network joined forces last fall to file a shareholder resolution at Yum! Brands asking for quantitative information that demonstrates the extent to which Yum! is curtailing the impact of its palm oil supply chain on deforestation and human rights. This resolution was withdrawn after productive dialogue with the Read more »

Posted: July 15, 2015

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