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2015: An Impactful Year for Sustainable Investing
By Mike Sakraida

Exciting progress was made by the SRI (Sustainable, Responsible, Impact) investment industry in 2015. Here, we offer two lists of three important stories and trends that are likely to impact most individual and institutional investors, including retirement plans, foundations, and endowments. After many years of path breaking effort, we may finally be approaching a “tipping Read more »

Posted: December 23, 2015

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Unintended Consequences: Student Debt
By Mel Miller

Within the sustainable, responsible, impact investing community, intention is important. Intention sets us apart from other investment styles, even if those other investment activities happen to generate unintended positive social and environmental impacts. However, intention alone is rarely sufficient. When we use tools such as investing to solve sizeable problems, there is always a risk Read more »

Posted: December 16, 2015

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Shareowner Action on Climate: What Is the Impact?
By Holly Testa, Director, Shareowner Engagement

The escalating investor concern about climate change risk is reflected in the level of shareowner activity over the last 15 years. Shareholder resolutions related to climate change numbered less than 10 in 2001, but this number has skyrocketed to 167 in 2015. This does not include the many dialogues and other communications not related to Read more »

Posted: December 7, 2015

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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