California is America’s climate policy leader, home to both the country’s biggest clean energy industry and an internationally-linked carbon market being modeled across the world. But to build on this momentum, it must go even further. A recent proposal to cut emissions by 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 will support the push for international commitments leading up to this year’s COP21 climate conference in Paris. It will also empower California to keep leading America’s clean energy transition.
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Women are the largest emerging market in the world – twice as big as India and China combined – with over $5 trillion in growth since 2009. As a result, women are poised to have a massive impact on the investment and financial services spheres in the coming decades. And as such, conversations have moved away from stark gender comparisons toward discussions that focus on how the investing world must adapt and embrace women in their own right.
How are sustainable business practices initiated and valuated? Though materiality assessments continue to advance in sophistication, in order to initiate sustainable or inclusive business projects, managers must still demonstrate the business case, usually in the form of Profit = Revenue – Cost.
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.
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.