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Summer Internship in Sustainable, Responsible, Impact (SRI) Investing
By Laura Isanuk

About First Affirmative: First Affirmative Financial Network is an investment advisory firm specializing in sustainable, responsible, impact (SRI) investing. Through its national network of advisors, First Affirmative provides investment advisory services to investors who seek the integration of personal values and/or environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into the construction and management of investment portfolios, Read more »

Posted: March 14, 2017

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

Shareowners to Companies: Take Action on Climate!
By Holly Testa, Director, Shareowner Engagement

Originally published as a Future 500 blog. Shareowners have the opportunity every year to weigh in on issues they believe companies should address by filing shareholder resolutions at the company's annual meeting. By taking a close look at the resolutions filed each year, investor priorities emerge. According to the latest Proxy Preview, a comprehensive overview Read more »

Posted: May 26, 2016

SRI Conference Fossil Fuel Divestment Survey Results
By James Griffitts, Contributor

SURVEY: SRI FINANCIAL PROFESSIONALS MANAGING 100% FOSSIL FUEL FREE PORTFOLIOS MORE THAN DOUBLED IN THREE YEARS See Full Survey Results Here 4th Annual SRI Conference Poll on Fossil Fuel Divestment Finds Fossil-Fuel Free Investing Continues to Attract More Retail and Institutional Investor Interest. NEW YORK CITY AND COLORADO SPRINGS – May 5, 2016 – For Read more »

Posted: May 5, 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

How to Become a Better Investor
By R.Kevin O'Keefe, CIMA®, AIF®

The key is to separate your emotions from your investment decisions. Becoming a better investor is about taming your emotions, not about fancy math or being able to predict the future. Here are five techniques to help you improve your investment behavior—and have more peace of mind. Less activity is better. In many areas of Read more »

Posted: April 15, 2015

Money and Happiness
By R.Kevin O'Keefe, CIMA®, AIF®

A new year is a time for reflection. As we evaluate the progress made toward achieving our financial goals, let us also evaluate the deeper purpose of those goals. Most of us would agree that money alone cannot buy happiness. Years ago I viewed a TED talk by Michael Norton titled “How to Buy Happiness.” Read more »

Posted: January 21, 2015

Building a Cleaner Future: Reducing Climate Change Before It’s Too Late
By Lauren Morrell

From climate change to deforestation, our world faces stiff environmental headwinds. The 25th annual SRI Conference featured a panel of investment professionals who discussed how investors are increasingly putting their money where their mouths are—divesting of companies involved in creating environmental problems, or actively engaging with companies as shareowners to encourage positive behavior change. Andrew Read more »

Posted: January 12, 2015

First Affirmative Applauds the US Patent and Trademark Office
By Logan Coffman

A landmark ruling by US Patent and Trademark Office that officially canceled six Federal trademark registrations spanning from 1967 to 1990 associated with the controversial 82-year old Washington Redskins franchise has set the media world aflutter—and warmed the hearts of responsible investors. The long fight to change the official mascot of the team has historically been fronted Read more »

Posted: September 4, 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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