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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.

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.

The CSR Minute: Business Takes Action on Diversity and Inclusion, Part II

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In the previous CSR Minute, I described C.E.O. Action, a collaboration by 150 corporations to promote open discussion in the workplace on the issues of ethnicity and gender. In this week’s Minute, I’ll outline a few individual efforts. Dow has launched Project Search, a program to increase representation of persons with disabilities in the workforce.

150 Corporations Take Action on Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace - The Minute

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Corporate executives of 150 companies have joined in an unprecedented collaboration. They are committing their companies to open discussion on the issues of ethnicity and gender in the workplace.

Investment Platform for Women, Moxie Future, Launches - The Minute

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A newly launched website is billing itself as the world’s first responsible investment platform for women. Moxie Future was started to “fill the gap in the market” for information and support for women who want to invest for good returns while doing good.

The Renewable Energy Revolution Picks Up Speed - The Minute

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It has taken quite a while to read and absorb all the facts in Financial Times’ comprehensive article on the energy revolution. The report, titled “The Big Green Bang: How Renewable Energy Became Unstoppable,” lays out the evidence in great detail for an accelerating shift to clean power. Its sweeping thesis is simply stated: “After years of hype and false starts, the shift to clean power has begun to accelerate at a pace that has taken the most experienced experts by surprise.”

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