by Evan Powers, June 24, 2016
The past decade has seen a surge in interest in "socially responsible" or "sustainable" investing, but most advisors have been reluctant to recommend it or implement it in client accounts. Part of the gap has to do with wide differences in personal definitions of what "sustainable" actually means. As corporations of all types continue to respond to investor (and consumer) pressure to embrace sustainable policies, the line between "good" companies and "bad" companies may continue to blur. Funds that bill themselves as having a "sustainable" focus probably will not meet all investors' needs equally; maintaining manageable positions in carefully chosen individual stocks is a better bet.
Socially Responsible Investing l Michael W. Frerichs
Environmental, Social and Governance Priorities
Investing means making choices. For the Treasurer’s Office, it means choosing investments that are safe, high-performing, and socially impactful. In regard to that third component, it means making investments that build stronger communities in Illinois, foster business innovation, and reflect our core values relating to diversity, integrity, and public accountability. These decisions have the ability to promote education, access, and opportunity for individuals and governmental bodies across our state.
Human Rights and Business: From Principles to Practice l Huffington Post
by Lauren Compere, June 15, 2016
This month marks five years since the adoption of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) - a landmark moment in the acceptance of human rights as not just being a corporate responsibility issue but fundamental to core business practices. The UNGPs define a global standard for preventing and addressing the risk of negative human rights impacts by business activity.
- Making good ethics good business
- Investors at risk
- Making it simpler in the next five years
ETF Trends, June 14, 2016
Columbia Threadneedle Investments has expanded its suite of exchange traded funds to include three smart-beta, index-based options that target global companies that adhere to socially responsible practices with the financial stability to support and grow future dividends.
Bloomberg Briefs l Sustainable Finance
June 2, 2016
This week's Bloomberg Brief highlights global carbon pricing talks and green investing advisers facing hurdles incorporating responsible investing into their offerings.
The Exxon Annual Meeting: Written by the First Ever Students to File a Shareholder Resolution l Dwight Hall Socially Responsible Investing group
by dhsri, June 2, 2016
Although our expectations were tempered, we arrived in Dallas last Wednesday with the belief that Exxon’s Annual Shareholders’ Meeting would offer some dialogue between investors and Exxon’s CEO, Rex Tillerson. We hoped that Tillerson would truly consider and engage with shareholders’ ideas and questions. Our hopes were not met.
Jun 01, 2016
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. and BERKELEY, Calif., June 1, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Center for Responsible Business at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business (Berkeley-Haas) has announced a call for papers for the annual Moskowitz Prize — the only global award recognizing outstanding academic research in the field of sustainable, responsible, impact (SRI) investing.
Marlene Y. Satter May 31, 2016
Lack of understanding of environmental, social, and governance investing doesn't mean lack of desire for it. Neither advisors nor investors are savvy enough about socially responsible investing to really have an impact.
Social impact investing means business l Arctic Startup
May 30, 2016
Many investors think impact investing is the same as following ESG (environmental, social and governance) guidelines. Following ESG guidelines is the minimum requirement for a business to be called sustainable. One could argue that ESG is about minimising the harm done to society and if no harm is done, then it must be good. But to actively pursue a positive and measurable impact with investing is something that should really be called impact investing – and sustainable investing.
contact Robert P. Connolly, May 25, 2016
BOSTON – The University of Massachusetts today became the first major public university to divest its endowment from direct holdings in fossil fuels. The decision was made by a unanimous vote of the Board of Directors of the UMass Foundation, a separate not-for-profit corporation that oversees an endowment whose value was $770 million at the end of the last fiscal year.