Big Oil’s Heartbreaking Effect on Tuna
By Michael Schweibinz

When you think about luxury seafood, tuna doesn’t typically make the list, does it? But soon enough, the finfish could be a rare treat. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill appears to have had lasting and significant effects on marine life in the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean. After the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon Read more »

Posted: April 16, 2014

A Celebration of Women and All We Do!
By Danielle Burns

March 8, 2014 was International Woman’s Day. That was a great day to reflect on the social, political and economic achievements of women, and the positive impacts women have on our families, communities, and the organizations with which we are involved. From an investment perspective, let’s also take a moment to celebrate the fact that the Read more »

Posted: April 14, 2014

Sustainable Palm Oil Goes Mainstream
By Holly Testa

Following the recent announcement by the largest palm oil producer in the world, Wilmar, to adopt sustainable practices, the Kellogg Company has committed to purchasing “deforestation free palm oil”, setting a new standard for the industry. Green Century Asset Management worked closely with Kellogg’s after the firm’s Equity Fund filed a shareholder proposal at the company about the issue. The Read more »

Posted: April 9, 2014

Monetary Policy During the “Great Recession”
By Mel Miller

The U.S. economy is slowly recovering from the most severe economic decline since the Great Depression. The Great Recession, which started in 2007 and “ended” in 2009, was anything but typical as it relates to recessions of the past. Before we discuss one of the primary causes, let’s review the role of the Federal Reserve to reverse a recession. Read more »

Posted: April 7, 2014

Bristol Bay, Alaska An Environmental Gem One Step Closer to Protection
By Holly Testa

The Keystone pipeline may be the headline grabbing environmental fight of the decade, but it is by no means the only one. Pristine Bristol Bay, the easternmost arm of the Bering Sea, has been the focus of another long struggle. The proposed Pebble Mine, which would be the largest ever open pit mine in North Read more »

Posted: April 2, 2014

Applauding Apple CEO, Tim Cook, for Recognizing the Value of Non-Financial Returns
By Holly Testa

By Holly Testa, Director, Shareowner Engagement Apple CEO, Tim Cook soundly rejected the notion that the company stop investing in sustainability—and other things where the ROI is difficult to measure but creates long-term value. “If you want me to do things only for ROI [return on investment] reasons, you should get out of this stock.” Read more »

Posted: March 31, 2014

Solar Power Shines Brighter Than Ever
By Michael Schweibinz

Calendar year 2013 was an incredible year on Wall Street with stock market hitting all-time highs. Within the energy sector, natural gas made the most headlines; it’s been the leading source of new electricity generation capacity in the U.S. for the last two years. But did you know that solar power came in right behind Read more »

Posted: March 26, 2014

Hershey’s Chocolate Becomes a Little Greener
By Michael Schweibinz

The Hershey Company has committed to source 100% certified cocoa by 2020. First Affirmative applauds this world famous chocolate producer for exceeding their first year goal. The company’s 21st Century Cocoa Sustainability Strategy called for 10% certification by 2013; but actual results were significantly better, with 18% of Hershey cocoa certified sustainable last year. What exactly does “certified cocoa” Read more »

Posted: March 24, 2014

Lobbying Disclosure a Hot Topic in 2014
By Holly Testa

Institutional investors are once again requesting that companies disclose federal and state lobbying activity, including activities conducted through third parties such as trade organizations. The campaign, organized by AFSCME and Walden Asset Management, has rapidly gained momentum over the past four years. In 2011, AFSCME Employees Pension Plan started the campaign by filing six shareholder proposals. The Read more »

Posted: March 19, 2014

McDonald’s Beefs Up Its Sustainability Commitments
By Michael Schweibinz

In a world where consumers and businesses alike are realizing the impending need for sustainability, it may be easy to think that some industries—like “fast food” (burgers, fries, etc.)—are not making significant strides to change their business practices. The familiar logos of these corporate giants tend to produce thoughts of cheap, low quality food, workers Read more »

Posted: March 17, 2014