Posts Categorized ‘Impact Investing’

Impact Investing and the Dakota Access Pipeline
By Laura Isanuk

The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) is a textbook example of environmental injustice within the United States. The treatment of sovereign Native American nations by the U.S. government has rarely been admirable over the past 200 years, but DAPL has sparked the interest of a broad swath of Americans interested in social justice and attracted thousands Read more »

Posted: December 30, 2016

Finding Palm Oil: The Journey Continues
By JJ Jahania

Instant noodles. Laundry detergent. Ice cream. Shampoo. At first glance, it may appear that these items are unrelated; however, they actually have more in common than you might think. All of these products can be found in your local grocery store, and they all contain palm oil. Palm oil is the most widely-used type of Read more »

Posted: July 12, 2016

Why We Are Impatient for More Patient Capital
By Mel Miller

At First Affirmative we've built a business that helps our clients invest in companies that operate sustainably and responsibly. The investments strategies we offer own companies that contribute to a clean and healthy environment, treat people fairly, embrace equal opportunity, produce safe and useful products, and support efforts to promote a more peaceful world, all Read more »

Posted: May 10, 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

2015: An Impactful Year for Sustainable Investing
By Mike Sakraida

Exciting progress was made by the SRI (Sustainable, Responsible, Impact) investment industry in 2015. Here, we offer two lists of three important stories and trends that are likely to impact most individual and institutional investors, including retirement plans, foundations, and endowments. After many years of path breaking effort, we may finally be approaching a "tipping Read more »

Posted: December 23, 2015

Shareowner Action on Climate: What Is the Impact?
By Holly Testa, Director, Shareowner Engagement

The escalating investor concern about climate change risk is reflected in the level of shareowner activity over the last 15 years. Shareholder resolutions related to climate change numbered less than 10 in 2001, but this number has skyrocketed to 167 in 2015. This does not include the many dialogues and other communications not related to Read more »

Posted: December 7, 2015

Survey: 2 Out Of 5 Financial Advisors Say They Already Offer "Impact Investing" to Clients, Another 15 Percent Plan To Do So
By Steve Schueth

Financial Advisors Agree: Millennials, Women, and College-educated Investors are Top Three Groups Driving the Availability of Impact-Investing Choices COLORADO SPRINGS (October 28, 2015)—“Impact investing” is a hot topic in the financial world today. Already, 39% of surveyed financial professionals say they are offering such choices to clients and another 15% plan to do so in Read more »

Posted: October 29, 2015

Impact Investing Survey for Advisors
By Steve Schueth

Do you have a moment or two to share your views on impact investing? Here’s the background: In 2015, The SRI Conference will put investing for impact in the spotlight, with insights and discussion from many of the industry’s leading experts. Presenters and panel discussions will explore a variety of investment strategies that can help Read more »

Posted: October 1, 2015

Environmental Economics and Impact Investing
By Ahnika LeRoy, Contributor

While conventional wisdom holds that environmental protection and financial success are at loggerheads, they can coexist and even flourish together. The growth in impact investing, a form of investment designed to generate financial gain and positive social and environmental impact, is a testament to investors’ willingness to take non-financial factors into account in their investment Read more »

Posted: May 27, 2015

Are we Winning the War on Coal?
By James Griffitts, Contributor

In Washington, tightening EPA restrictions and policies favoring cleaner energy have led some to characterize present policy as a war on coal. Whether or not an actual war on coal is underway, a recent report released by the Carbon Tracking Initiative indicates that the decline in the US coal sector is not cyclical, but structural. Read more »

Posted: May 13, 2015

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