Posts Categorized ‘Social Media’

Climate Change Is “Risky Business”
By Logan Coffman

Many reports on the negative implications of increasing greenhouse emissions have been released over the years by entities such as the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). But for the most part, these reports have failed to truly pinpoint the long-term economic drawbacks of Read more »

Posted: September 3, 2014

What Does a Sustainable Brand Look Like, and Why Do We Care?
By Logan Coffman

The word sustainability is tossed around so frequently by the increasingly eco-conscious that it is becoming a candidate for Buzzword of the Year. But what does “sustainable” actually mean in our consumer-focused world? How does a company successfully capture and reflect the characteristics of what modern-day consumers consider a sustainable product? And why should we Read more »

Posted: June 30, 2014

China to Cap Carbon Emissions!?
By Michael Schweibinz

Earlier this month, President Obama proposed the biggest action we have seen in years to fight global warming. The EPA is setting the first-ever limits on carbon pollution from existing coal-fired power plants—the single largest source of global warming pollution in America. The Sustainable, Responsible, Impact (SRI) investment industry, including First Affirmative Financial Network, is Read more »

Posted: June 23, 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

Time for a Military Makeover?
By Michael Schweibinz

The United States military is heavily reliant on fossil fuels; they power our troops forward on everything from tanks to aircraft carriers to Humvees. Our fuel dependence has created a “huge national security threat to our military overseas.” Interestingly enough, it’s not our economists or politicians admitting this reality – it’s our veterans. Aaron Bailey, a Read more »

Posted: June 16, 2014

Carbon Pollution Standards Make Sense for Business
By Steve Schueth

On Monday, President Obama proposed the biggest action we have seen in years to fight global warming. The EPA is setting the first-ever limits on carbon pollution from existing coal-fired power plants—the single largest source of global warming pollution in America. The New York Times is calling this the biggest action on climate ever by a U.S. president. Read more »

Posted: June 5, 2014

Does High Frequency Trading Create Market Efficiency?
By Michael Schweibinz

High Frequency Trading (HFT) utilizes computer algorithms to move in and out of stock positions at extraordinarily high speeds. These algorithms identify market patterns and execute large volumes of security purchases and/or sales in milliseconds. Profits are generally counted in tenths of pennies per share; but it’s a volume business, and the pennies add up Read more »

Posted: May 28, 2014

Student Teams Invest with their Hearts and Minds
By Michael Schweibinz

Business schools around the world are integrating sustainability into their core curriculums. While this shift inside academia is now relatively common, implementation strategies vary considerably, with each institution creating somewhat unique programs for their students. For example, the University of Waterloo and the University of Massachusetts Boston have both created new courses and platforms that focus on developing responsible Read more »

Posted: May 21, 2014

Stanford Says No to Coal
By Michael Schweibinz

More and more individuals and institutions are making investment decisions based on their values—not merely expected returns. Yet, making money while making a difference is nothing new; First Affirmative Financial Network has been practicing a values-based investment approach for over twenty-five years. Investors who embrace sustainable, responsible, impact (SRI) investing seek to enhance the common good, by owning Read more »

Posted: May 19, 2014

Misleading Food Labels – Who Really Wins?
By Michael Schweibinz

A recent study conducted by the Harvard Law School and the Natural Resources Defense Council “found that dates printed on packaged foods, which help retailers cycle through stocked products and allow manufacturers to indicate when a product is at its peak freshness, are inconsistent,” Reuters reported. Consequently, Americans waste billions of pounds of food every year due to the Read more »

Posted: May 12, 2014

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