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  • Students Drive Change Through SRI: How Universities Can Get Involved.

    In the December 2010 issue of FAgreen, Jerilyn Klein Bier authors a feature article regarding college students driving SRI efforts through their universities’ endowments.  Bier reports that students at 39 U.S. schools have established Committees on Investor Responsibility  (CIR) while Yale University undergraduates are managing an innovative socially responsible endowment fund. This just two weeks after […] More

  • Community Investment 2.0 through Place-Based Strategies at SRI in the Rockies

    SAN ANTONIO, TX:  Today I attended an energizing discussion regarding opportunities for investors to invest directly in their communities.  At a conference dominated with discussions of shareholder activism, stakeholder engagement with big oil and the business case for integrated ESG reporting, I was worried that the break out session for place-based strategies for social finance […] More

  • Bloomberg Adds Water to its ESG Service Offering

    A recent post by guest contributer, Julie Urlaub, discussed the rising importance of water as a sustainability issue.  In it, Urlaub states, “clean, fresh, and ‘usable’ water is no longer just an issue for developing countries.  It has become a global social and business sustainability issue.”  This fact is more evident by Bloomberg’s recent announcement […] More

  • SRI in the Rockies: Next week in San Antonio, TX

    I will be joining over 600 participants at the 21st annual SRI in the Rockies Conference Nov. 18 – 21 in San Antonio, TX.  SRI in the Rockies is the premier North American conference for investors, investment professionals, and organizations working with money in more sustainable, responsible, and impactful ways.  SRI in the Rockies is […] More

  • Principles for Responsible Investment: Who Reported In 2010?

    The United Nations’ Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) is an investor initiative in partnership with UNEP Finance Initiative and the UN Global Compact that aims to incorporate issues of environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) in investment portfolio decisions.  Their Report on Progress 2010 highlights greater participation of institutional investors worldwide.  See whose reporting and what […] More

  • Doing Business in Sudan

    Since 1997 the United States government has enforced economic sanctions on Sudan, by keeping American businesses from working with Khartoum and the al-Bashir government. This was due to the fact that Sudan was placed on the list of “state sponsors of terrorism”. Of course, this was a number of years before the genocide in Darfur […] More

  • BP Removed from Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes

    Socially responsible investors send a clear message to BP: the oil-spill catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico is not okay. Another nail in BP’s coffin. The oil company responsible for the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history was removed from the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI) effective May 31, 2010. The DJSI are the first […] More

  • Do Shareholders Impact Sustainable Business Practices? (Part 2 of 2)

    What if you call your HR department or brokerage firm and discover you don’t have SRI options available with your 401(k)?  Does that mean you can’t be a socially responsible investor?  Of course not.  If you own shares in a company, you have partial ownership and certain privileges.  Corporations mail out their annual reports containing […] More

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