California’s Air Resources Board recently released a draft of its Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction Strategy and is now accepting comments. While business-as-usual manure management practices need to change, there are alternatives to those proposed in the strategy — ideas that build off of existing incentives, rather than making them obsolete.
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As banks continue to restrict access to capital, sites like Kiva will continue to serve as disruptive options to traditional financing for small business owners.
Last week, Ceres released an illuminating analysis of how some major companies are responding to shareholder engagement on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues. It shows that many long-term investors are fighting for sustainability — and companies are, for the most part, responding in kind.
Did you know that Patagonia, Seventh Generation and Clif Bar each invest millions in social enterprises through their investment management funds? I didn’t, until SOCAP 2015 this month in San Francisco.
The Federal Reserve has a very clear mission that includes three basic objectives: maximize employment, keep prices stable and keep interest rates reasonable. The Federal Reserve is also responsible for “containing systemic risk that may arise in financial markets.” Given the objectives mentioned, take a moment to strategize on how you might convince the Federal Reserve to take a more active role in addressing climate change.
A few months ago, it seemed inevitable that the world’s most pristine ocean would be drilled. Today, after a massive, months-long grassroots and social media mobilization, the Arctic will be preserved, from now to the foreseeable future.
Now you can look at companies through an objective lens that compares their climate impact relative to others in their same line of business. Companies at the top of that list are not only behaving responsibly, but are also consistently outperforming their peers when it comes to financial returns.
It’s in vogue these days for a corporation to say it stands behind climate change action. It’s another thing however, say the authors of the new website, InfluenceMap, to find one that really does support steps that offer change. The website dug deep when it looked at 100 global corporations and their public (and not so public) stance on climate change. The results were quite revealing.
Jennifer Pryce, president and CEO of the Calvert Foundation, announced a new impact investing platform at SOCAP 2015 in San Francisco last week.
The B Corp movement focuses on embedding a social purpose within a company’s DNA. As this movement gathers momentum, it highlights the need for an open debate on the purpose of the corporation. What does it mean to be a responsible corporation? What is special about B Corps?
Low- and lower-middle-income (LMI) populations in emerging markets – those who make between $2 and $8 per day – collectively spend $3 trillion per year. What this surprising figure means for investors is an unprecedented opportunity to effect both social impact and financial return. So concludes a new research report by Omidyar Networks announced at SOCAP 2015 in San Francisco.
With many companies dedicated to building solutions for everyday problems, others are increasingly focusing on tackling major societal issues. With proper investment strategies, such as impact investing, companies and tech startups in particular can be catalysts for solving some of the most pressing global social issues.
US$6.2 trillion is a wall of money. Today, trillions of dollars are being managed with ‘sustainability inside,’ based on self-reported, unverified, voluntary disclosures by investors globally. For many in the investment industry, it’s both inspiring and a little bewildering. The number keeps growing, but what’s in the number is not exactly clear. It’s also not enough.
The divestment campaign – a grassroots movement to get public pensions, university endowments, and other large funds to remove fossil fuels companies from their portfolios – has garnered some huge victories recently.
Always wanted to win $20 million? Well, now’s your chance. Figure out how, and what to convert the world’s carbon emissions to, and you’ll have the attention of scientists all over the world. Oh, and you may just solve one of the biggest challenges yet facing our battle against climate change.