Dale Wannen

Dale Wannen is President of Sustainvest Asset Management, an investment advisory firm focused on sustainable and responsible investing (SRI). Prior to Sustainvest, Dale was a portfolio manager at Harrington Investments and specialized in ESG investment strategies, securities analysis, and shareholder advocacy. Prior to this position, Dale was a financial advisor with UBS Wealth Management Services in San Francisco. He is often a guest speaker on the topic of ESG investing and shareholder advocacy.Dale has an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco. He earned a B.A. in Economics from Rowan University and currently is a volunteer with Mentor Me Petaluma, Rebuilding Together Petaluma, and the founder of Green Drinks Petaluma.He also currently sits as Board of Director and Treasurer of San Francisco human rights organization, Global Exchange, teaches Economics for the Oakland non-profit Game Theory Academy and is a committee member for the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in San Francisco. Previous volunteer work has included Treasurer and Board Member for bird conservation organization, San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory (SFBBO), committee member of the Petaluma Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee (PBAC), and President of the Social Venture Finance Club at Presidio Graduate School.Dale currently holds the Series 65 FINRA license and has previously held the Series 6, 7, 63, 66 and California Life and Health Insurance Certification. He is a member of National Association of Professional Financial Advisors (NAPFA) and the Financial Planning Association (FPA).Dale lives in Petaluma, CA with his wife Lauri and their Malamute Shadow.


Big Endowments Are Divesting: Are You?

The divestment train has left the station. It’s hard to pass a headline that doesn’t include the words ‘divestment’ and ‘foundation’ in the same sentence these days.

Resolution 2014: Make My Investment Portfolio Responsible

Sustainable and responsible investing is an investment discipline that considers environmental, social and corporate governance criteria (ESG) to generate long-term competitive financial returns and positive societal impact.

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Is Your Portfolio Melting the Polar Caps?

Vote with your investments. You determine whether a company that is polluting the water or treating its employees poorly is in your list of stocks or your fund. Align your investments with your principles and in due time, sustainable and responsible investing will be the norm.

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Coca-Cola Sued Over Sugar-Laden vitaminwater

Coca-Cola is being sued over their advertising campaign that holds vitaminwater up as a healthy drink (which it isn’t). The beverage giant’s surprising defense is that “no consumer could reasonably be misled into thinking vitamin water was a healthy beverage.”


Shareholders at Procter and Gamble Question Packaging Waste

The largest maker of packaged goods in the world, Procter and Gamble, held a shareholder vote on adopting Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) policies to dispose of packaging. Shareholder support was underwhelming at 5.8 percent, but it was enough to get it on the ballot for next year.

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Goldman Sachs Gambling on Social Impact Bonds

Goldman Sachs has invested $9.6 million into the nation’s first ever Social Impact Bond or SIB. This bond addresses the recidivism rates in NYC prisons and will be used to help train and counsel at-risk incarcerated youths.



While some would call SPAM delicious, few would call it sustainable. Until now.


Shareholder Resolutions Flourish at JP Morgan Meeting

As an advocate of shareholder activism, I seldom see more than one or two shareholder proposals on proxy statements. However, yesterday’s JP Morgan shareholder meeting contained 7 shareholder proposals and had me smiling like a kid in a candy store. Now this is what shareholder advocacy is supposed to look like. Considering the bank’s recent lost bet of $2 billion in derivative trading, this is an opportune time to perhaps take a brief look at what small and big shareholders were advocating for at one of the world’s largest banks:

Goldman Sachs Loses Battle with Largest Public Union in U.S.

Realizing the pressure of a recent shareholder resolution, Goldman Sachs was able to get the largest public employee and health care workers’ union in the country, AFSCME, to pull their proposal regarding Lloyd Blankfein’s role as both CEO and chairman of the board. In lieu of yanking the proposal, Goldman will change its board structure and appoint a “lead director” to its board.

Shareholder Resolutions Break Records in 2011

Corporations and governments around the world took notice of the power of the masses in 2011 with the Occupy movement taking center stage. But behind the scene, investors used the power of their proxy and sent strong messages to executives and board members in record numbers to advocate for change at the companies they invest in.

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How Shareholders are Battling Excessive Executive Compensation

Shareholders for the past year have been able to engage in the conversation of executive pay through a resolution placed on proxy statements of all companies due to the recently implemented Dodd-Frank bill. Allowing owners of publicly traded companies to vote on such an important matter would seem to shift things in a positive direction. Right? Wrong.

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Socially Responsible Investment Firm Divests Chesapeake Energy

Harrington Investments, Inc., an investment advisory firm specializing in socially responsible investing, announced today that it is divesting its entire holding in Chesapeake Energy Corporation (CHK) due to the corporation’s poor environmental record and its lack of accountability to shareholders.


Sustainability Shareholder Proposal Turned Down at Microsoft Meeting

On a typical cold and rainy morning in Seattle this week, Microsoft shareholders, board members and executives gathered for the annual shareholders meeting to discuss the trials of the previous year, along with prospects of the future. This is the shareholders’ only time to speak their minds directly to Bill Gates, and only one shareholder … Continued

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Kiva Jumps into the Student Loan Business

Imagine living in a country where you have no access to student loans. In the U.S. that seems almost impossible as the Obama Administration pours loads of cash into the hands of those eager enough to pursue a degree and all the Dominos pizza that comes with it. In fact, a recent overhaul of the student loan program in the states makes it even more accessible for young Americans to enter college. In countries less fortunate, your options are very limited as far as attending university. Imagine a vehicle in which people from all over the world would be able to donate as little as $25 towards individuals wishing to pursue higher learning. Imagine no further. Kiva, the pioneer in micro-lending for entrepreneurs in less fortunate countries that has loaned more than $150 million to 408,000 entrepreneurs in 53 countries, has entered the student lending business.