Posts Categorized ‘Financial Reform’

Fiduciary Duty and Socially Conscious Investing – Guidance for Investment Managers and the new DOL Fiduciary Rule
By Guest Contributor

By Greg Jackson, 2016 SRI Conference Scholar The updated guidance issued by the Department of Labor (DOL) in October 2015 acknowledged that fiduciaries can proactively apply Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) factor analysis when making investment decisions, and that those factors may have a "direct relationship to the economic and financial value of an investment." What Read more »

Posted: April 7, 2017

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

The Grand Strategy Project
By Michael Schweibinz

Patrick Doherty , the founding co-director of the Strategic Innovation Lab at Case Western University, was one of many enlightening speakers who took center stage at the 25th annual SRI Conference in early November. Mr. Doherty presented the essence of a multi-year, multi-stakeholder project focused on developing a new "Grand Strategy” for the United States (video Read more »

Posted: December 17, 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

Time to Change the “Dual Mandate”
By Mel Miller

The Federal Reserve is coming under growing criticism for actions taken during and since the Great Recession. In light of the political acrimony which currently permeates Washington, DC, I am concerned that any decisions that will change the workings of the Federal Reserve could merely be politically motivated and not in the best interests of the Read more »

Posted: September 17, 2014

More than $1.5 Billion Flows Into Impact Investing
By Dan Sherman

“From combating childhood obesity to fighting climate change, from preparing American students for a 21st Century economy to doubling access to power in sub-Saharan Africa and ensuring all hard-working Americans have the opportunities to get ahead, our biggest national and global challenges require an all-hands-on-deck approach,” according to a White House report. One approach to Read more »

Posted: August 12, 2014

Climate Change Risks and Opportunities—From a Banking Perspective
By Dan Sherman

It’s clear that action is needed to mitigate global warming risks, including sea level rise and environmental degradation. When a company or industry makes a change to reduce emissions or environmental impact, it’s big news; but it would be far better if shifts in corporate policy could affect many companies and industries simultaneously. This is Read more »

Posted: August 5, 2014

“It is difficult to make predictions, especially about the future…”
By George Gay

Occasionally, an internal e-mail “conversation” is worth summarizing and sharing widely—as a way to illustrate the deep thinking that goes on behind the scenes at First Affirmative and the value proposition that is central to our purpose as an asset manager and consultant to socially conscious investors. Recently, a network advisor brought Harry Dent’s new Read more »

Posted: June 18, 2014

New Carbon Pollution Standards Met with Applause… and Jeers
By Holly Testa, Director, Shareowner Engagement

You have no doubt heard about the proposed carbon standards to be applied to existing power plants that have been much in the news recently. The details are many (645 pages!), but the goal is clear: Cut carbon pollution from the power sector by 30% from 2005 levels by 2030. Power plants are the largest source of Read more »

Posted: June 11, 2014