Follow the Money
By Holly Testa

By Holly Testa, Director, Shareowner Engagement Money poured into this year’s midterm elections in record breaking amounts, and the biggest donor name for the year could well be “Anonymous.” This is thanks to the now infamous 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court decision allowing corporations and unions to spend unlimited amounts on independent election expenditures. According Read more »

Posted: November 24, 2014

Hazardous to Your Wealth
By R.Kevin O’Keefe, CIMA®, AIF®

With big moves in the stock markets lately, some investors might be anxious. The past several weeks have given almost every investor an opportunity to feel that they are right about the market—whether their outlook is bullish or bearish. Having a strong opinion about the direction of the stock market can be very hazardous to your wealth. To Read more »

Posted: November 12, 2014

The Pentagon Prepares for Climate Change
By Michael Schweibinz

Earlier this month, the Department of Defense published its “2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap.” The groundbreaking report signifies a dramatic shift in belief and action regarding climate change. Having typically been dismissed as a future risk, the Pentagon is now “integrating climate change threats into all plans, operations, and training across the entire agency.” The Read more »

Posted: November 5, 2014

You CAN Have It All
By admin

Deborah Nason, writing for CNBC.com, discusses how financial advisors and their clients seem to be “happy” with a more sustainable, responsible, positively impactful approach to investing. Nason interviewed several investment professionals for this article, including two Certified Financial Planners affiliated with First Affirmative Financial Network, Kathy Stearns and Shane Yonston. A couple of the advisors Read more »

Posted: November 3, 2014

Women and Workplace Equality: We’ve Come a Long Way Baby… or Not
By Danielle Burns

By Danielle Burns and Kathleen McQuiggan There is no denying that women have come a long way from the struggles and discrimination they faced in the past 50 years when it comes to finding a job and having access to educational resources. But have we broken the proverbial “Glass Ceiling,” or is there still more Read more »

Posted: October 29, 2014

Methane Regulations Make Good Business Sense
By Michael Schweibinz

Methane emissions are frequently left out of the conversation about measuring and mitigating the effects of climate change. While methane only accounted for 9% of green house gas emissions in 2012, the long-term impacts this gas has on the environment are alarming! Methane, the primary component of natural gas, effects climate change more than “20 times Read more »

Posted: October 26, 2014

Millennials: Do Gooders at Heart
By Michael Schweibinz

The American workplace is on the verge of one of the largest demographic shifts in contemporary history. It’s a bold statement, but one that’s becoming widely acknowledged, as the Millennials sweep into leadership positions in for-profit and non-profit corporations across the country. Who are they? How will they impact the future of America?  (see the info graphic Read more »

Posted: October 20, 2014

The Three Ps Echo Across Wall Street
By Michael Schweibinz

Have you earned an MBA or degree in business administration sometime during the past half-century? If the so, you’ve surely had the four Ps of marketing engrained into your business DNA. Marketers tend to focus on price, product, place, and promotion. Similarly, responsible investors make decisions based on people, planet, and profit. The three Ps Read more »

Posted: October 13, 2014

New Belgium Family Foundation “All In” for Impact Investing
By Meaghan Scott

The New Belgium Family Foundation was started by the CEO and Co-Founder of the New Belgium Brewing Company after the company became 100% employee owned through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan in 2012. The sale to the ESOP is only the most recent example in a long history of practices by New Belgium Brewing that Read more »

Posted: October 7, 2014

Palm Oil Industry Transformation
By Holly Testa

Announcements from companies producing and consuming palm oil are coming out at a rapid pace—promising ‘sustainability’ across the supply chain. If promises become action, we may finally be at a turning point for good. Deforestation Free Junk Food? Menu options from leading doughnut chains Dunkin’ Donuts and Krispy Kreme are of questionable nutritional value, but Read more »

Posted: September 29, 2014

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