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Recession Predictor Short-Cut
By Mel Miller

By Mel Miller, Chief Economist Fifth in a series of economic updates focused on key economic indicators by our Chief Economist, Mel Miller. Is the Index of Leading Economic Indicators also a good predictor of recessions? Yes. And no. The Conference Board (a private research group based in New York City) publishes the Index of Leading Economic Indicators on Read more »

Posted: January 15, 2014

The Golden Arches, Going Green?
By Michael Schweibinz

Globally, “going green” is evolving from a competitive advantage to a business necessity. For small enterprises, becoming more sustainable can be a relatively painless and seamless process. But for very large companies like McDonald’s, adaptation can be a daunting process. In late September, McDonald’s agreed to replace its polystyrene foam hot beverage cups with paper-based Read more »

Posted: October 10, 2013

EthicMark® Awards – for Advertising that Uplifts the Human Spirit
By Robyn Taylor Knapp

The winners of the 2013 EthicMark® Awards for advertising that “uplifts the human spirit and society” will be announced in late October at The SRI Conference. EthicMark Awards recognize socially responsible advertising and media communications by both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. According to the Center for Media Research, advertising is a $500 billion global industry, Read more »

Posted: September 9, 2013

The Votes Are In: Proxy Season 2013
By Holly Testa, Director, Shareowner Engagement

First Affirmative recently reported on a very productive proxy season. However, we are but a small piece of the shareowner engagement puzzle, so let’s take broader look at proxy season 2013. The Big Picture Research from Sustainable Investments Institute (SI2) finds strengthening investor support for shareholder resolutions. Over 400 environmental and social policy resolutions have Read more »

Posted: September 4, 2013

United Nations, Major Investment Firms Call for Increased Focus on Carbon Risk Management and Carbon Accounting
By Robyn Taylor Knapp

The United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) has issued an important Investor Briefing that explains why and how institutional investors should start measuring, disclosing, and reducing the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with their investments and investment portfolios. Extreme weather events today are frequent, intense, and are changing public perceptions around climate change. Read more »

Posted: September 3, 2013

A Republican Case for Action on Climate
By Robyn Taylor Knapp

We cannot ignore climate change any longer. The facts are clear: The earth is getting warmer, the sea levels are rising, and the Arctic Sea ice is melting years faster than projected. Scientific evidence of further climate destabilization seemingly grows stronger every day. President Obama’s June climate action plan is a step in the right Read more »

Posted: August 13, 2013

The Business Case for Green Building
By Tyler Collins

Do green buildings attract a financial premium in terms of rental and sales value? Are they more attractive to tenants and occupiers? Are employees occupying greener buildings more productive?

Posted: April 26, 2013

Sustainable Apparel Coalition’s New Index
By Tyler Collins

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), a trade association that represents over a third of the global apparel and footwear market, recently released a new tool for measuring sustainability across industry and supply chains. The Higg Index was developed through collaboration of SAC’s members and is based on many well established metrics, such as Nike’s Environmental Read more »

Posted: October 8, 2012

Sustainable and Impact Investing May Be Worth $650 Billion
By Kymberly Levesque

Research released by the Calvert Foundation shows that a majority of financial advisors see sustainable investing as an opportunity to expand their business.

Posted: June 26, 2012

Super Bowl Sunday: Game Grabs the Spotlight, but Human Trafficking Lurks in the Shadows
By Holly Testa, Director, Shareowner Engagement

Human trafficking reaches far beyond sporting events; it is prevalent throughout the entire global economy. According to the U.S. State Department's 2010 Trafficking in Persons Report, an estimated 12.3 million people are victims of forced labor and human trafficking, and 1.2 million children are trafficked every year, primarily for sexual exploitation and child labor. Global annual profits made from trafficking—the modern world version of slavery—are estimated to be $31.6 billion.

Posted: February 3, 2012