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SRI Is Growing up Right Before Our Very Eyes

By Matthew Blume, CFA , Director of ESG Research and Shareholder Advocacy, Appleseed Capital
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What was once considered the limited domain of environmental and social activists has grown to become an established force in the capital markets that should be ignored at your own risk. The space is expanding and evolving at an accelerating rate, and this trend shows no signs of turning. Over the past few years, we have seen unprecedented asset flows into ESG, SRI, and Impact Investing strategies; at last count, more than $8.6 trillion in assets were invested in some kind of socially responsible or impact-focused investment strategy.

Duke Energy Joins Industry Initiative to Enhance Sustainability Reporting for Investors

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Pilot program aims to standardize reporting on environmental, social, governance and sustainability metrics.

 
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Pilot program aims to standardize reporting on environmental, social, governance and sustainability metrics.

 

A View from the Outside | British American Tobacco

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Dr Spitzeck is a Professor and Director of the Center for Sustainability at Fundação Dom Cabral, Brazil, which has been recognised as the best business school in Latin America for 11 consecutive years by the Financial Times. His teaching is informed by more than eight years of consulting experience, as well as academic research.

He has a PhD in Business Ethics from the University of St Gallen in Switzerland, and has also worked as assistant professor at Cranfield University’s School of Management, Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility in the UK (2008–2010). He is also the author of Humanism in Business, published by Cambridge University Press.

Independent stakeholder viewpoint from Professor Dr Heiko Hosomi Spitzeck in BAT's Sustainable Agriculture & Farmer Livelihoods Focus Report
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Dr Spitzeck is a Professor and Director of the Center for Sustainability at Fundação Dom Cabral, Brazil, which has been recognised as the best business school in Latin America for 11 consecutive years by the Financial Times. His teaching is informed by more than eight years of consulting experience, as well as academic research.

He has a PhD in Business Ethics from the University of St Gallen in Switzerland, and has also worked as assistant professor at Cranfield University’s School of Management, Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility in the UK (2008–2010). He is also the author of Humanism in Business, published by Cambridge University Press.

Ideas to Put More ESG Impact Into Your Portfolio

Impact ESG investing can be channeled and measured through "do no harm" and global sustainable development goals.
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by Global Head of ESG Mamadou-Abou Sarr and Senior ESG Research Analyst Julia Kochetygova

Originally published on Northern Trust's Point of View

Seven Important Trends From Textile Exchange Conference Summed up: The Industry Gets It on Sustainability

G&A's Sustainability Highlights (16.11.2017)
Newsletter

"Sustainability is front and center in the apparel sector" -- so writes Tara Donaldson in the November 5th feature story in the Sourcing Journal in covering the Textile Sustainability Conference in October. Seven major trends were discussed at the meeting of industry execs.

The Global Sustainable Competitiveness Index 2017

Scandinavia & Northern Europe dominate; US set for decline under policies proposed by the new administration
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ZURICH and SEOUL, November 17, 2017 /3BL Media/ - SolAbility releases the 6th edition of the Global Sustainable Competitiveness Index (GSCI). The GSCI 2017 is topped by the Scandinavian nations.

Sustainable Competitiveness:

The Global Sustainable Competitiveness Index is based on the sustainable competitiveness model, calculated through 111 measurable quantitative performance indicators across 5 areas that shape national competitiveness:

All Together Now -- Industries, Sectors & Professional Groups See Collective Efforts as the Way Forward for Managing Sustainability Issues

G&A's Sustainability Highlights (03.11.2017)
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There is encouraging news as corporate executives, managers and a range of professionals get together to address the risks and opportunities inherent in sustainability matters that could affect a particular industry, sector or profession.   And, how with collective industry effort these challenges might be addressed.

John Elkington Presents: "6 Ways for Business Leaders to Talk About Sustainability" in the Sustainability / Strategies Series From the Influential Harvard Business Review

G&A's Sustainability Highlights (26.10.2017)
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"The" voice of authority for many board members and C-suite executives is The Harvard Business Review.  Sustainability pioneer and influential thought leader John Elkington in the current "HBR" talks about the practice of "issues framing" at the highest levels of the corporation, and suggests (to leaders) that to change our usual way of perceiving, prioritizing and investing time/effort/money, that "re-framing" for social change is the wave of the future.

Morningstar Now Informs Investors About ESG/Sustainable Mutual Funds -- and the Good News Is That ESG Funds' AUM Continues to Grow

G&A's Sustainability Highlights (20.10.2017)
Newsletter

The authoritative voice for many investors on the always expanding mutual fund universe is the Chicago-based Morningstar organization.  The company tracks mutual fund's in- and outflows, performance, focus and other aspects of [mutual fund] activities. 

The firm began adding ESG analysis to its legendary and comprehensive analytical work last year.  About 200 mutual funds with ESG criteria were initially being monitored by Morningstar, with analysis provided by Sustainalytics. **

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