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Weekly News Round-Up: January 6th, 2017

Upcoming Events Webinar: KnowTheChain Benchmarking Findings l IEN, January 19, 2017, 2:30-1:30pm EST Benchmarks can play a powerful role in encouraging companies to uphold labor standards and protect workers’ rights. In 2016, KnowTheChain, a resource for businesses and investors to address forced labor abuses and human trafficking within their supply chains, benchmarked 60 large global companies on their efforts to address these risks. In this webinar, we will review the 2016 KnowTheChain benchmark findings and discuss how forced labor and human trafficking risks affect investors and can be addressed in their portfolios. 2017 Presidential Climate Leadership Summit | Second Nature, February 13-15, 2017, Tempe, AZ This Summit celebrates the 10th anniversary Second Nature's Climate Leadership Network (formerly the ACUPCC). It is designed for campus sustainability...

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Weekly News Round-Up: December 23rd, 2016

Upcoming Events  Webinar: KnowTheChain Benchmarking Findings l Intentional Endowments Network, January 19th, 2017, 12:30 - 1:30 pm EST Benchmarks can play a powerful role in encouraging companies to uphold labor standards and protect workers’ rights. In 2016, KnowTheChain, a resource for businesses and investors to address forced labor abuses and human trafficking within their supply chains, has benchmarked 60 large global companies on their efforts to address these risks in sectors that are at high risk of forced labor: the Information & Technology Communication, Food & Beverage, and Apparel & Footwear.  This webinar will explore their findings.   2017 Presidential Climate Leadership Summit | Second Nature, February 13-15, 2017, Tempe, AZ This Summit celebrates the 10th anniversary Second Nature's Climate Leadership Network (formerly the ACUPCC)....

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Weekly News Round-Up: December 16th, 2016

New IEN Members Appleseed Fund Entelligent Iroquois Valley Farms Loyola University Chicago Sustainable Farm Partners Wespath Investment Management New Resources   Recommendations for the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures | FSB Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures To help identify the information needed by investors, lenders, and insurance underwriters to appropriately assess and price climate-related risks and opportunities, the Financial Stability Board established an industry-led task force: the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures. The Task Force was asked to develop voluntary, consistent climate-related financial disclosures that would be useful to investors, lenders, and insurance underwriters in understanding material risks. This report outlines the Task Force's recommendations; a 60-day public consultation period started on Dec. 14, 2016.  2016 Trends Report: Highlights for...

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Weekly News Round-Up: December 9th, 2016

New Resources   From Risk to Return: Investing in a Clean Energy Economy l Risky Business Seriously addressing climate change requires reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80 percent by 2050 in the U.S. and across all major economies. This report concludes that this goal is technically and economically achievable using commercial or near-commercial technology. According to the report, the transition to a cleaner energy economy rests on three pillars: moving from fossil fuels to electricity wherever possible, generating electricity with low or zero carbon emissions, and using energy much more efficiently.  Global Guide to Responsible Investment Regulation l UN PRI This report looks at almost 300 pieces of regulation covering pension fund rules, stewardship codes and corporate disclosure rules. It...

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Weekly News Round-Up: December 2nd, 2016

New Resources   Climate Related Systemic Risk: A Guide for Investor Action Report l Preventable Surprises This report takes investment decision-makers through key questions to consider on climate-related systemic risk, challenging the common reasons for not acting. The report argues that hedging, risk assessment and divestment aim to “manage the unavoidable” – the first order impacts. However, these strategies fall short of addressing the second and third order impacts in complex, inter-connected systems. The report sets out to stimulate the necessary conversations between investment management organizations, their asset owners, and their consultants on the actions required to “avoid the unmanageable”.   Upcoming Events   RI Americas 2016: Long Term Value Creation l Responsible Investor and Bloomberg, December 6-7, 2016, New York, NY This...

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Weekly News Round-Up: November 18th, 2016

New Resources   Report on US Sustainable, Responsible, and Impact Investing Trends 2016 l US SIF, 2016 Highlights from this report include: SRI investing assets have expanded to $8.72 trillion in the United States, up 33% from $6.57 trillion in 2014, much of this growth is driven by asset managers, who now consider ESG criteria across $8.10 trillion in assets, up 69 percent from $4.8 trillion in 2014, the top two issues considered both by these money managers and by their institutional investor clients is conflict risk and climate change, and from 2014 through the first half of 2016, 176 institutional investors and 49 investment managers controlling $2.56 trillion in assets filed or co-filed shareholder resolutions on ESG issues. Sustainable Investing and Bond Returns l Barclays In...

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Weekly News Round Up: November 11th, 2016

New Resources Factory Farming: Assessing Investment Risks 2016 Report l Farm Animal Investment Risk and Return (FAIRR) This report explores the industrialization of the world’s livestock production, a relatively recent trend, and assesses the potential risks that a range of environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues present to that model. The full report is linked above. To read a summary, click here. State of the Industry Analysis: TIIPing Points 2016 l The Investment Integration Project (TIIP) This state of the industry report documents the scope and variety of systems-level and related approaches undertaken by 50 asset owners and managers. It describes the activities they have executed, the tools they have used, the progress they have made and what research and support is necessary for...

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Weekly News Round-Up: November 4th, 2016

Upcoming Events   The SRI Conference | First Affirmative Financial Network, November 9-11, 2016, Denver, CO The SRI Conference - on Sustainable, Responsible, Impact Investing serves thought leaders, investors, and investment professionals in the ESG, Shareowner Advocacy, and Impact Investing space. Sustainable Investing Moving into the Mainstream l Boston Security Analysts Society, November 17, 2016, Boston, MA  This seminar was designed to help mainstream professionals navigate the explosion of approaches and increased client demand for sustainable investing. This yearly event brings together thought leaders, practitioners, and asset owners to provide practical advice and share experience-based examples and insights. 2017 Presidential Climate Leadership Summit | Second Nature, February 13-15, 2017, Tempe, AZ This Summit celebrates the 10th anniversary Second Nature's Climate Leadership Network (formerly the ACUPCC). It...

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Weekly News Round-Up: October 28th, 2016

Resources The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education's 2016 Sustainable Campus Index l AASHE The 2016 Sustainable Campus Index recognizes top-performing colleges and universities in 17 distinct aspects of sustainability, as measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). Institutions that achieved the top spot overall according to institution type include: Appalachian State University (Master's institutions), Colorado State University(Doctoral/research institutions), Green Mountain College (Baccalaureate institutions) and Kankakee Community College (Associate colleges). Fiduciary Duty in the 21st Century U.S. Roadmap l Principles for Responsible Investment,  United Nations Environment Program Finance Initiative and The Generation Foundation  This roadmap sets out recommendations to fully embed the consideration of ESG factors in the fiduciary duties of investors in the US. The roadmap provides commentary on recent developments in fiduciary duty...

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Weekly News Round-Up: October 21st, 2016

New Resources Food and Beverage Benchmark Findings Report l KnowTheChain  The October 2016 KnowTheChain Food & Beverage Benchmark assesses how 20 of the largest companies address forced labour in their supply chains. The benchmark found that the food and beverage sector is showing a growing awareness and commitment to addressing forced labor risks, however the average score of 30 out of a possible 100 makes it clear that there is still far more to be done, with a significant disparity between a few leading brands and the rest.  Climate Risk, Science & Regulation   New Paris Climate Agreement Ratifications Reaffirm Necessity to Divest and Break Free From Fossil Fuels lcommondreams.org With more than 30 additional countries ratifying the Paris agreement during the UN...

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Weekly News Round-Up: October 21st, 2016

New Resources Food and Beverage Benchmark Findings Report l KnowTheChain  The October 2016 KnowTheChain Food & Beverage Benchmark assesses how 20 of the largest companies address forced labour in their supply chains. The benchmark found that the food and beverage sector is showing a growing awareness and commitment to addressing forced labor risks, however the average score of 30 out of a possible 100 makes it clear that there is still far more to be done, with a significant disparity between a few leading brands and the rest.  Climate Risk, Science & Regulation   New Paris Climate Agreement Ratifications Reaffirm Necessity to Divest and Break Free From Fossil Fuels lcommondreams.org With more than 30 additional countries ratifying the Paris agreement during the UN...

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Weekly News Round-Up: October 28th, 2016

Resources The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education's 2016 Sustainable Campus Index l AASHE The 2016 Sustainable Campus Index recognizes top-performing colleges and universities in 17 distinct aspects of sustainability, as measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). Institutions that achieved the top spot overall according to institution type include: Appalachian State University (Master's institutions), Colorado State University(Doctoral/research institutions), Green Mountain College (Baccalaureate institutions) and Kankakee Community College (Associate colleges). Fiduciary Duty in the 21st Century U.S. Roadmap l Principles for Responsible Investment,  United Nations Environment Program Finance Initiative and The Generation Foundation  This roadmap sets out recommendations to fully embed the consideration of ESG factors in the fiduciary duties of investors in the US. The roadmap provides commentary on recent developments in fiduciary duty...

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Weekly News Round-Up: November 4th, 2016

Upcoming Events   The SRI Conference | First Affirmative Financial Network, November 9-11, 2016, Denver, CO The SRI Conference - on Sustainable, Responsible, Impact Investing serves thought leaders, investors, and investment professionals in the ESG, Shareowner Advocacy, and Impact Investing space. Sustainable Investing Moving into the Mainstream l Boston Security Analysts Society, November 17, 2016, Boston, MA  This seminar was designed to help mainstream professionals navigate the explosion of approaches and increased client demand for sustainable investing. This yearly event brings together thought leaders, practitioners, and asset owners to provide practical advice and share experience-based examples and insights. 2017 Presidential Climate Leadership Summit | Second Nature, February 13-15, 2017, Tempe, AZ This Summit celebrates the 10th anniversary Second Nature's Climate Leadership Network (formerly the ACUPCC). It...

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Weekly News Round Up: November 11th, 2016

New Resources Factory Farming: Assessing Investment Risks 2016 Report l Farm Animal Investment Risk and Return (FAIRR) This report explores the industrialization of the world’s livestock production, a relatively recent trend, and assesses the potential risks that a range of environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues present to that model. The full report is linked above. To read a summary, click here. State of the Industry Analysis: TIIPing Points 2016 l The Investment Integration Project (TIIP) This state of the industry report documents the scope and variety of systems-level and related approaches undertaken by 50 asset owners and managers. It describes the activities they have executed, the tools they have used, the progress they have made and what research and support is necessary for...

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Weekly News Round-Up: November 18th, 2016

New Resources   Report on US Sustainable, Responsible, and Impact Investing Trends 2016 l US SIF, 2016 Highlights from this report include: SRI investing assets have expanded to $8.72 trillion in the United States, up 33% from $6.57 trillion in 2014, much of this growth is driven by asset managers, who now consider ESG criteria across $8.10 trillion in assets, up 69 percent from $4.8 trillion in 2014, the top two issues considered both by these money managers and by their institutional investor clients is conflict risk and climate change, and from 2014 through the first half of 2016, 176 institutional investors and 49 investment managers controlling $2.56 trillion in assets filed or co-filed shareholder resolutions on ESG issues. Sustainable Investing and Bond Returns l Barclays In...

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Weekly News Round-Up: December 2nd, 2016

New Resources   Climate Related Systemic Risk: A Guide for Investor Action Report l Preventable Surprises This report takes investment decision-makers through key questions to consider on climate-related systemic risk, challenging the common reasons for not acting. The report argues that hedging, risk assessment and divestment aim to “manage the unavoidable” – the first order impacts. However, these strategies fall short of addressing the second and third order impacts in complex, inter-connected systems. The report sets out to stimulate the necessary conversations between investment management organizations, their asset owners, and their consultants on the actions required to “avoid the unmanageable”.   Upcoming Events   RI Americas 2016: Long Term Value Creation l Responsible Investor and Bloomberg, December 6-7, 2016, New York, NY This...

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Weekly News Round-Up: December 9th, 2016

New Resources   From Risk to Return: Investing in a Clean Energy Economy l Risky Business Seriously addressing climate change requires reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80 percent by 2050 in the U.S. and across all major economies. This report concludes that this goal is technically and economically achievable using commercial or near-commercial technology. According to the report, the transition to a cleaner energy economy rests on three pillars: moving from fossil fuels to electricity wherever possible, generating electricity with low or zero carbon emissions, and using energy much more efficiently.  Global Guide to Responsible Investment Regulation l UN PRI This report looks at almost 300 pieces of regulation covering pension fund rules, stewardship codes and corporate disclosure rules. It...

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Weekly News Round-Up: December 16th, 2016

New IEN Members Appleseed Fund Entelligent Iroquois Valley Farms Loyola University Chicago Sustainable Farm Partners Wespath Investment Management New Resources   Recommendations for the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures | FSB Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures To help identify the information needed by investors, lenders, and insurance underwriters to appropriately assess and price climate-related risks and opportunities, the Financial Stability Board established an industry-led task force: the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures. The Task Force was asked to develop voluntary, consistent climate-related financial disclosures that would be useful to investors, lenders, and insurance underwriters in understanding material risks. This report outlines the Task Force's recommendations; a 60-day public consultation period started on Dec. 14, 2016.  2016 Trends Report: Highlights for...

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Weekly News Round-Up: December 23rd, 2016

Upcoming Events  Webinar: KnowTheChain Benchmarking Findings l Intentional Endowments Network, January 19th, 2017, 12:30 - 1:30 pm EST Benchmarks can play a powerful role in encouraging companies to uphold labor standards and protect workers’ rights. In 2016, KnowTheChain, a resource for businesses and investors to address forced labor abuses and human trafficking within their supply chains, has benchmarked 60 large global companies on their efforts to address these risks in sectors that are at high risk of forced labor: the Information & Technology Communication, Food & Beverage, and Apparel & Footwear.  This webinar will explore their findings.   2017 Presidential Climate Leadership Summit | Second Nature, February 13-15, 2017, Tempe, AZ This Summit celebrates the 10th anniversary Second Nature's Climate Leadership Network (formerly the ACUPCC)....

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Weekly News Round-Up: January 6th, 2017

Upcoming Events Webinar: KnowTheChain Benchmarking Findings l IEN, January 19, 2017, 2:30-1:30pm EST Benchmarks can play a powerful role in encouraging companies to uphold labor standards and protect workers’ rights. In 2016, KnowTheChain, a resource for businesses and investors to address forced labor abuses and human trafficking within their supply chains, benchmarked 60 large global companies on their efforts to address these risks. In this webinar, we will review the 2016 KnowTheChain benchmark findings and discuss how forced labor and human trafficking risks affect investors and can be addressed in their portfolios. 2017 Presidential Climate Leadership Summit | Second Nature, February 13-15, 2017, Tempe, AZ This Summit celebrates the 10th anniversary Second Nature's Climate Leadership Network (formerly the ACUPCC). It is designed for campus sustainability...

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Weekly News Round Up: November 11th, 2016

New Resources Factory Farming: Assessing Investment Risks 2016 Report l Farm Animal Investment Risk and Return (FAIRR) This report explores the industrialization of the world’s livestock production, a relatively recent trend, and assesses the potential risks that a range of environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues present to that model. The full report is linked above. To read a summary, click here. State of the Industry Analysis: TIIPing Points 2016 l The Investment Integration Project (TIIP) This state of the industry report documents the scope and variety of systems-level and related approaches undertaken by 50 asset owners and managers. It describes the activities they have executed, the tools they have used, the progress they have made and what research and support is necessary for...

Read More


Weekly News Round-Up: December 16th, 2016

New IEN Members Appleseed Fund Entelligent Iroquois Valley Farms Loyola University Chicago Sustainable Farm Partners Wespath Investment Management New Resources   Recommendations for the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures | FSB Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures To help identify the information needed by investors, lenders, and insurance underwriters to appropriately assess and price climate-related risks and opportunities, the Financial Stability Board established an industry-led task force: the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures. The Task Force was asked to develop voluntary, consistent climate-related financial disclosures that would be useful to investors, lenders, and insurance underwriters in understanding material risks. This report outlines the Task Force's recommendations; a 60-day public consultation period started on Dec. 14, 2016.  2016 Trends Report: Highlights for...

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Weekly News Round-Up: December 23rd, 2016

Upcoming Events  Webinar: KnowTheChain Benchmarking Findings l Intentional Endowments Network, January 19th, 2017, 12:30 - 1:30 pm EST Benchmarks can play a powerful role in encouraging companies to uphold labor standards and protect workers’ rights. In 2016, KnowTheChain, a resource for businesses and investors to address forced labor abuses and human trafficking within their supply chains, has benchmarked 60 large global companies on their efforts to address these risks in sectors that are at high risk of forced labor: the Information & Technology Communication, Food & Beverage, and Apparel & Footwear.  This webinar will explore their findings.   2017 Presidential Climate Leadership Summit | Second Nature, February 13-15, 2017, Tempe, AZ This Summit celebrates the 10th anniversary Second Nature's Climate Leadership Network (formerly the ACUPCC)....

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Weekly News Round-Up: December 2nd, 2016

New Resources   Climate Related Systemic Risk: A Guide for Investor Action Report l Preventable Surprises This report takes investment decision-makers through key questions to consider on climate-related systemic risk, challenging the common reasons for not acting. The report argues that hedging, risk assessment and divestment aim to “manage the unavoidable” – the first order impacts. However, these strategies fall short of addressing the second and third order impacts in complex, inter-connected systems. The report sets out to stimulate the necessary conversations between investment management organizations, their asset owners, and their consultants on the actions required to “avoid the unmanageable”.   Upcoming Events   RI Americas 2016: Long Term Value Creation l Responsible Investor and Bloomberg, December 6-7, 2016, New York, NY This...

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Weekly News Round-Up: December 9th, 2016

New Resources   From Risk to Return: Investing in a Clean Energy Economy l Risky Business Seriously addressing climate change requires reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80 percent by 2050 in the U.S. and across all major economies. This report concludes that this goal is technically and economically achievable using commercial or near-commercial technology. According to the report, the transition to a cleaner energy economy rests on three pillars: moving from fossil fuels to electricity wherever possible, generating electricity with low or zero carbon emissions, and using energy much more efficiently.  Global Guide to Responsible Investment Regulation l UN PRI This report looks at almost 300 pieces of regulation covering pension fund rules, stewardship codes and corporate disclosure rules. It...

Read More


Weekly News Round-Up: January 6th, 2017

Upcoming Events Webinar: KnowTheChain Benchmarking Findings l IEN, January 19, 2017, 2:30-1:30pm EST Benchmarks can play a powerful role in encouraging companies to uphold labor standards and protect workers’ rights. In 2016, KnowTheChain, a resource for businesses and investors to address forced labor abuses and human trafficking within their supply chains, benchmarked 60 large global companies on their efforts to address these risks. In this webinar, we will review the 2016 KnowTheChain benchmark findings and discuss how forced labor and human trafficking risks affect investors and can be addressed in their portfolios. 2017 Presidential Climate Leadership Summit | Second Nature, February 13-15, 2017, Tempe, AZ This Summit celebrates the 10th anniversary Second Nature's Climate Leadership Network (formerly the ACUPCC). It is designed for campus sustainability...

Read More


Weekly News Round-Up: November 18th, 2016

New Resources   Report on US Sustainable, Responsible, and Impact Investing Trends 2016 l US SIF, 2016 Highlights from this report include: SRI investing assets have expanded to $8.72 trillion in the United States, up 33% from $6.57 trillion in 2014, much of this growth is driven by asset managers, who now consider ESG criteria across $8.10 trillion in assets, up 69 percent from $4.8 trillion in 2014, the top two issues considered both by these money managers and by their institutional investor clients is conflict risk and climate change, and from 2014 through the first half of 2016, 176 institutional investors and 49 investment managers controlling $2.56 trillion in assets filed or co-filed shareholder resolutions on ESG issues. Sustainable Investing and Bond Returns l Barclays In...

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Weekly News Round-Up: November 4th, 2016

Upcoming Events   The SRI Conference | First Affirmative Financial Network, November 9-11, 2016, Denver, CO The SRI Conference - on Sustainable, Responsible, Impact Investing serves thought leaders, investors, and investment professionals in the ESG, Shareowner Advocacy, and Impact Investing space. Sustainable Investing Moving into the Mainstream l Boston Security Analysts Society, November 17, 2016, Boston, MA  This seminar was designed to help mainstream professionals navigate the explosion of approaches and increased client demand for sustainable investing. This yearly event brings together thought leaders, practitioners, and asset owners to provide practical advice and share experience-based examples and insights. 2017 Presidential Climate Leadership Summit | Second Nature, February 13-15, 2017, Tempe, AZ This Summit celebrates the 10th anniversary Second Nature's Climate Leadership Network (formerly the ACUPCC). It...

Read More


Weekly News Round-Up: October 21st, 2016

New Resources Food and Beverage Benchmark Findings Report l KnowTheChain  The October 2016 KnowTheChain Food & Beverage Benchmark assesses how 20 of the largest companies address forced labour in their supply chains. The benchmark found that the food and beverage sector is showing a growing awareness and commitment to addressing forced labor risks, however the average score of 30 out of a possible 100 makes it clear that there is still far more to be done, with a significant disparity between a few leading brands and the rest.  Climate Risk, Science & Regulation   New Paris Climate Agreement Ratifications Reaffirm Necessity to Divest and Break Free From Fossil Fuels lcommondreams.org With more than 30 additional countries ratifying the Paris agreement during the UN...

Read More


Weekly News Round-Up: October 28th, 2016

Resources The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education's 2016 Sustainable Campus Index l AASHE The 2016 Sustainable Campus Index recognizes top-performing colleges and universities in 17 distinct aspects of sustainability, as measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). Institutions that achieved the top spot overall according to institution type include: Appalachian State University (Master's institutions), Colorado State University(Doctoral/research institutions), Green Mountain College (Baccalaureate institutions) and Kankakee Community College (Associate colleges). Fiduciary Duty in the 21st Century U.S. Roadmap l Principles for Responsible Investment,  United Nations Environment Program Finance Initiative and The Generation Foundation  This roadmap sets out recommendations to fully embed the consideration of ESG factors in the fiduciary duties of investors in the US. The roadmap provides commentary on recent developments in fiduciary duty...

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