Some foundations have been criticized for investing in corrections facilities, but it is not always easy to know what is hidden in large opaque investment vehicles. In fact, anyone with broad passive exposure to the U.S. equity market through his or her pension or 401(k) plan is likely to have ownership of America’s largest private prison companies.
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Are you ready to bare it all? In a major shift in attitudes toward sustainability and the role of business in society, environmental, social and governance (ESG) disclosure is now a major focus for investors and businesses alike. Businesses who know how to monitor and report ESG results — and investors who know how to interpret them — will come first in global a race for greater transparency.
The U.N. Environment Program’s 2015 report is chock full of facts and figures testifying to ongoing growth in global renewable energy investment. Following two years of lower totals, investors plowed over $270 billion into renewable energy in 2014, just 3 percent lower than the record high in 2010.
Panasonic Eco Solutions, Clean Power Finance and Coronal Group launched a partnership that aims to make solar more to businesses and non-profits.
Energy Finance 2015, a four-day training program for environmental advocates and attorneys, convened last week at the NYU School of Law. On day two, Paul Coster, lead alternative-energy analyst for JPMorgan Chase, made headlines by saying, “2014 was a historic year for investments for renewables.”
The Holy Land Principles call for ethical standards for American businesses investing in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. Their principles are impressive, and the need is there. But are they far-reaching enough?
Corporations’ activities related to climate change and political lobbying are among those of greatest concern to shareholders, proxy proposals reveal.
Drawing on her first-hand experience of operating a social enterprise in Afghanistan, Sarah Chayes makes a forceful case for dealing with systemic corruption as a way of strengthening global security and creating a climate where the efforts of social entrepreneurs can make a difference in people’s lives.
President Obama is so keen on passing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that he’s asking Congress for fast-track approval. Supporters of the free-trade bill say it will help boost economy, and I don’t doubt that the president believes that to be true. Whether he’s right about that is the subject of vigorous debate among economists.
Just as there is professional privilege in law and psychology, we need clear guidelines for how negative information can be shared, discussed and addressed confidentially by enterprises with their impact measurement advisors. Without privilege, a fear of backlash fosters the (often willfully) ignorant perpetuation of negative situations in a social impact venture’s supply chain.
A two-year assessment of the potential to develop blue carbon projects on Louisiana’s coast estimates that carbon finance revenue can provide up to $1.6 billion in critical funding to assist with wetland restoration over the next 50 years.
A growing body of sector research is shining light on the principles of how social enterprises can use outcome monitoring to strengthen mission and deliver a blended bottom line. It’s good governance that provides the key to successful monitoring — and to delivering profit with benefit.
SunEdison’s acquisition of Solar Grid highlights growing interest among VCs and leading energy, industrial and solar companies in stationary energy storage. Along with SunEdison, corporate-backed VCs, as well as Tesla and SolarCity, are spreading seed capital across a variety of advanced energy storage startups.
A new approach to bridge the digital and energy divide is required to enable the convergence of the public and private sectors to maximise resources in a systemic and sustainable fashion at price points that meet the needs of a developing rural society.
Over past years, as I’ve both participated in and observed the evolution of metrics and impact reporting discussions and practice, I’ve come to realize the “metrics challenge” is something of a myth.