Posts Categorized ‘SRI’

The Pentagon Prepares for Climate Change
By Michael Schweibinz

Earlier this month, the Department of Defense published its “2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap.” The groundbreaking report signifies a dramatic shift in belief and action regarding climate change. Having typically been dismissed as a future risk, the Pentagon is now “integrating climate change threats into all plans, operations, and training across the entire agency.” The Read more »

Posted: November 5, 2014

Rockefellers Divest From Fossil Fuels
By Michael Schweibinz

The entirety of the eco-conscious world has now turned its attention toward the United Nation’s Climate Change Summit, which commenced on September 23, 2014. However, for many, climate change calls were already answered the day before, when the Rockefeller family, whose fortune was made in oil in the late 1800s, announced that they would divest Read more »

Posted: September 29, 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

Only the Shadow Knows…
By Mel Miller

In 2012, I first shared my concerns about the rise in shadow banking. In fact, I listed shadow banking as one of the “gray swans” during my annual presentation at The SRI Conference that year. The broad definition of “shadow banking” includes any bank-like activity undertaken by a firm not regulated as a bank. That would not Read more »

Posted: June 9, 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

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

Applauding Apple CEO, Tim Cook, for Recognizing the Value of Non-Financial Returns
By Holly Testa, Director, Shareowner Engagement

By Holly Testa, Director, Shareowner Engagement Apple CEO, Tim Cook soundly rejected the notion that the company stop investing in sustainability—and other things where the ROI is difficult to measure but creates long-term value. “If you want me to do things only for ROI [return on investment] reasons, you should get out of this stock.” Read more »

Posted: March 31, 2014

Foundations Increase Impact Through Mission-Aligned Investing
By Michael Schweibinz

By Betsy M. Markus and Michael Schweibinz In recent months, organizations like the Association of Small Foundations, Mission Investors Exchange, and The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investing (US SIF), have published guides to assist foundations with aligning their investment portfolios with their missions. The message is simple, though implementation can seem daunting. In general terms, foundations “dedicate Read more »

Posted: March 5, 2014

Forecasts Are No Good, But We Need Them “for Planning Purposes”
By R.Kevin O'Keefe, CIMA®, AIF®

I like this essay by Motley Fool writer Morgan Housel. A few pertinent points: “You would not wish upon your worst enemy the track record of professional economists predicting the financial events that really mattered throughout history.” “In a world where the most important events can’t be predicted, the more we fool ourselves into thinking that Read more »

Posted: February 5, 2014