Posts Categorized ‘Sustainable Investing’

Hazardous to Your Wealth
By R.Kevin O'Keefe, CIMA®, AIF®

With big moves in the stock markets lately, some investors might be anxious. The past several weeks have given almost every investor an opportunity to feel that they are right about the market—whether their outlook is bullish or bearish. Having a strong opinion about the direction of the stock market can be very hazardous to your wealth. To Read more »

Posted: November 12, 2014

The Three Ps Echo Across Wall Street
By Michael Schweibinz

Have you earned an MBA or degree in business administration sometime during the past half-century? If the so, you’ve surely had the four Ps of marketing engrained into your business DNA. Marketers tend to focus on price, product, place, and promotion. Similarly, responsible investors make decisions based on people, planet, and profit. The three Ps Read more »

Posted: October 13, 2014

New Belgium Family Foundation “All In” for Impact Investing
By Meaghan Scott

The New Belgium Family Foundation was started by the CEO and Co-Founder of the New Belgium Brewing Company after the company became 100% employee owned through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan in 2012. The sale to the ESOP is only the most recent example in a long history of practices by New Belgium Brewing that Read more »

Posted: October 7, 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

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

Impact Investing Entering Mainstream Financial Planning
By Dan Sherman

“Advisers who don't believe Impact Investing will play a meaningful role in their own client strategies aren't seeing the writing on the wall,” according to William Burkhart in a recent article in InvestmentNews. In fact, some of the largest asset management companies around the world appear to agree. And the new awareness of investing for Read more »

Posted: July 22, 2014

Largest U.S. Companies Respond to Climate Change – And Save $1.1 Billion
By Dan Sherman

Some of the largest corporations in America are taking action on climate change and profiting handsomely from doing so. According to the “Power Forward 2.0” report by Calvert Investments, WWF, Ceres, and DGA, 60% of Fortune 100 companies (essentially the largest 100 public companies in the United States) have set greenhouse gas reduction and clean Read more »

Posted: July 8, 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

Brazil Leads the World in Climate Change Mitigation
By Michael Schweibinz

Just ten years ago, Brazil had the highest deforestation rate in the world. Today, the World Cup host does more than any other country to prevent climate change. A recent study by Science Magazine found that Brazil has reduced deforestation in the Amazon rain forest by 70%. In doing so, the country has prevented 3.2 billion tons of carbon Read more »

Posted: June 25, 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