Posts Categorized ‘ESG’

Intangible Assets: Understanding the Link Between Ethics and Returns
By Guest Contributor

By Sarah Reice With the onset of 2017, we find ourselves in an extremely turbulent economic, cultural, and political environment. Despite efforts to create a global unified rule of law by organizations such as the United Nations and the International Monetary Fund, no global regulatory consensus exists. In a world of unprecedented globalization, no single Read more »

Posted: March 13, 2017

The Future of Native Sovereignty in the US
By Guest Contributor

  By Greg Jackson The proposed Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) is one of the most controversial domestic issues in the United States at the present moment. Despite a recent US government call for "nationwide reform with respect to considering tribes' views on these types of infrastructure projects," the first draft of the Army Corps of Read more »

Posted: December 21, 2016

The Relationship Between ESG and Financial Performance
By Will Linkenheil

Until quite recently, Sustainable, Responsible, Impact (SRI) investing was looked down upon by much of the investing community. There was serious concern "that incorporating environment, social, and governance (ESG) criteria into a portfolio design meant accepting a lower rate of return." However, a growing body of research is making it "clear that sustainable and responsible Read more »

Posted: December 19, 2016

A Post-Election Impact Investor Survival Kit
By Guest Contributor

By Ana Olaya-Rotonti   Donald Trump has been elected President of the United States. This headline took much of the world by surprise on November 8, 2016. Beyond the initial shock, perhaps half of the citizenry of the United States are feeling very pessimistic about the future under a Trump presidency. While more clarity will Read more »

Posted: December 14, 2016

White House to Require Greenhouse Reporting by Government Contractors
By JJ Jahania

The Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council has proposed new legislation to require the United States government's top suppliers to report whether or not they publicly disclose their greenhouse gas emissions. These contractors will be required to also address how they plan to reduce these emissions and how climate change may affect their operations in the future. Read more »

Posted: August 26, 2016

The Rising Tide of Chief Sustainability Officers
By Will Linkenheil

Over the past 20 years, the inclusion of sustainability practices in business has become widely prevalent. With this increased focus on sustainability, companies have created a new position dedicated to the cause: Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO). These executives focus on their company's sustainability strategies and run the company's internal sustainability committees; they usually report to Read more »

Posted: July 29, 2016

Chemical Footprint Project Releases First Report
By JJ Jahania

Last week, the Chemical Footprint Project (CFP) published its introductory annual report on corporate progress toward reducing chemical footprints. This report is the first of its kind to shed light on the chemical management practices of some of the world's largest and most recognizable brands. The CFP initiative was launched in 2014 with the support Read more »

Posted: June 2, 2016

How Far Would You Travel to Save Your Homeland?
By Holly Testa, Director, Shareowner Engagement

Small shareowners may feel powerless to have any impact on the decision-making of the enormous public corporations in which they invest. However, there are times when a few shares and a lot of teamwork can make a difference. Here is a case where a coalition of players, including shareowners, worked together to give a voice Read more »

Posted: May 19, 2016

How Long Does a Company Need to Stay in SRI Jail?
By Laura Isanuk

The modern world of Sustainable, Responsible, Impact (SRI) investing was initially based on avoiding undesirable companies. Twenty-five years ago, responsible investment strategies were primarily based on "negative screening" which initially focused on avoiding "sin stocks" such as tobacco and alcohol. Over time, other avoidance criteria were included in the portfolio construction process to side-step companies Read more »

Posted: April 25, 2016

What Should Shareowners Say on Pay?
By Holly Testa, Director, Shareowner Engagement

As income inequality continues to rise, outsized executive pay packages linked to short-term performance are being called into question. This was discussed at length during the recent Investing for Impact event First Affirmative hosted in San Francisco. In 2011, the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) mandated that shareowners have a "say on pay"-the right to Read more »

Posted: April 20, 2016

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