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SRI Mega-Merger: Impax Asset Management Group Acquires Pax World Management - The Minute

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Two pioneers in sustainable investing have just made a big move together in response to the rapid growth in the SRI field. Pax World Management, a New Hampshire-based investment advisor to Pax World Funds, has agreed to be acquired by Impax Asset Management Group, a UK-based firm.

Offshore Wind Projects Total 50 Percent Drop in Subsidy Costs - CSR Minute

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The rap on renewable energy from its critics has been the high cost. A new technology such as offshore wind power has required an enormous initial investment in R&D, new turbines, and new methods of electricity storage and distribution. It has also needed equally large subsidies from governments to encourage that investment. But the economic argument has turned a corner after this week’s auction by the UK government for contracts to provide electricity from offshore wind farms.

The Renewable Energy of the Future is Here—Now! - The Minute

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The energy of the future appears to be here now, today, in full force, in our everyday lives. Ideas that once seemed fantastically futuristic, such as all-electric cars, wind and solar power, and decentralized energy storage are becoming part of our everyday life, according to Clean Technica.

Socially Responsible Investing Gets a Trump Bump - The Minute

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The socially responsible investment sector is recording unprecedented growth since the Trump administration took office. Since January, Morningstar, a fund-tracking firm, has logged a four-times increase in the use of ESG data in its cloud platform, a base for research by asset managers, advisory firms, and independent wealth managers.

12 Food and Beverage Brands That Have Publicly Committed to Sustainability Goals - The Minute

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The food and beverage sector may have the largest impact on sustainability that we see in our day–to-day lives. From sourcing ingredients to manufacturing, from packaging to shipping, the sectors’ products are the results of many decisions made along the supply chain.

CSR Investing Summit Explores Purpose-Driven Financial Practices - The Minute

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Last month, I attended the fifth “Summer in the City” CSR Investing Summit, an annual overview of the purpose-driven investment sector sponsored by S-Network Global Indexes. One hundred forty impact investing practitioners, thought leaders, investment managers, endowment consultants, academics, and NGO professionals spent one long July day exchanging views on how to define, manage, and measure responsible investing.

25 Years of Socially Responsible Investing - The Minute

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This month marks the 25th anniversary of GreenMoney Journal, a publication that has tracked impact investing and sustainable business since 1992. In a review of those years, founder and managing editor Cliff Feigenbaum describes his “aha” moment as the discovery that his 401k plan when he worked at a healthcare institution included tobacco stocks.

Making Cotton More Sustainable—Solutions from Outer Space? - The Minute

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Cotton represents nearly half the fiber used to make clothes and other textiles worldwide. But the economically valuable fiber is also a water-hungry crop to produce. It can take between two to five thousand gallons of water to produce two pounds of cotton—about equal to a tee shirt and a pair of jeans. And then there is the heavy use of chemicals to protect the vulnerable plant from insects, weeds, and disease. How could this widely grown and useful fiber be grown more sustainably?

Investors Ask Companies for More Action on Climate Change - The Minute

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Companies are increasingly being asked by investors to reduce their carbon footprint and to meet carbon emissions reduction targets agreed to in the 2015 Paris Agreement.

Now, a group organized by the G20 countries, the Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate Related Financial Disclosures, has proposed a voluntary framework for companies to disclose financial risk related to climate change.

World Business Council for Sustainable Development and We Mean Business Join Up to Take Action on Climate Change - The Minute

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Yet another association of companies is stepping up its action on climate change. We Mean Business and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development have partnered to expand below50, an initiative of the WBCSD that was launched last year. Any company that produces, uses or invests in fuels that are at least fifty percent less carbon intensive than conventional fossil fuels can join below50.

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