McDonald’s to Serve Antibiotic Free Chicken
By James Griffitts

A new initiative by McDonald’s is moving the company away from chicken treated with certain antibiotics. This move comes as McDonald’s suffers from historically low sales and customers depart for restaurants with a bigger emphasis on good health. Chains like Chipotle and Panera have become increasingly popular with consumers as healthy eating becomes a higher Read more »

Posted: March 23, 2015

Governments and Companies Make Public Disclosures on Business and Human Rights
By James Griffitts

New interactive platforms released by the Business and Human Rights center disclose actions taken by 94 companies and 41 governments on the impacts of business on human rights. The organization made specific inquiries regarding human rights to more than 100 governments and 180 companies, with a response rate of 40% and 52% respectively. The goal Read more »

Posted: March 18, 2015

What the Frack! Investor Coalition Seeks Environmental Impact Disclosures from Oil and Gas Companies
By James Griffitts

An investors coalition representing members of the Investor Environmental Health Network, including Green Century Capital Management, As You Sow, Mercy Investment Services, Calvert Investments, and the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia has filed shareholder proposals at six large oil and gas companies which engage in hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”). Many investors are dissatisfied with an Read more »

Posted: March 16, 2015

The Utility Death Spiral
By Michael Schweibinz

Solar and wind energy solutions are sweeping across the nation. This trend has left traditional utility providers concerned about their ability to compete economically and environmentally. This was a hot topic at the 25th annual SRI Conference. Solar panels, distributed storage, electric vehicles, and home energy management platforms are providing consumers direct technology and causing Read more »

Posted: March 11, 2015

Partners in Advocacy: Trillium Asset Management
By Holly Testa

First Affirmative’s shareowner advocacy program does not stand alone. Many of the asset managers we use in client accounts are also our partners in advocacy—and they have powerful stories to share. In this installment, we talk with Jonas Kron, Senior Vice President and Director of Shareholder Advocacy at Trillium Asset Management. Trillium is an employee Read more »

Posted: March 4, 2015

Big Oil Backs Shareowner Initiative on Reducing Carbon Emissions?
By Michael Schweibinz

The role of supermajor oil companies in climate change is beginning to shift. British Petroleum (BP) has announced that it will advise investors to back a shareholder initiative meant to cut back on carbon emissions. This news came a week after another large oil company, Royal Dutch Shell, agreed to support the same shareholder resolution. Read more »

Posted: March 2, 2015

Partners in Advocacy: Everence Financial and the Praxis Mutual Funds
By Holly Testa

First Affirmative’s shareowner advocacy program does not stand alone. Many of the asset managers we use in client accounts are also our partners in advocacy—and they have powerful stories to share. In this second installment, we talk with Chris Meyer, Stewardship Investing Specialist at Everence Financial, Advisor to Praxis Mutual Funds. Stewardship Investing Reflects a Read more »

Posted: February 25, 2015

All Investing Is Impact Investing
By Bruce DeBoskey

Originally published in The Denver Post on January 11, 2015 In the United States, nearly $1 trillion is committed to philanthropy—sitting in foundations, donor-advised funds and elsewhere. Donors have transferred ownership of these funds to separate entities and received their tax deductions. Yet only a small percentage of those funds is expended on charitable donations Read more »

Posted: February 11, 2015

States Leading the Charge: Toward a New Energy Economy
By Lauren Morrell

  Bill Ritter’s 2007 run for Governor of Colorado was distinguished by the conversation he created around the potential he believed Colorado has to develop a new, clean energy economy. Ritter served for four years as Governor of Colorado, signed 57 bills advancing a clean energy agenda, and delivered a keynote presentation at the 25th annual Read more »

Posted: February 9, 2015

Green Following Green
By Michael Schweibinz

Michael Liebreich, Chairman of the Advisory Board and Founder of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, stepped on stage at the 25th annual SRI conference and presented optimistic findings and forecasts for clean energy development in 2014. At the time of his presentation, there were only two months left in the calendar year. With 2014 now behind us, Read more »

Posted: February 4, 2015

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