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While I was on the road for Center business a couple of weeks ago, I caught BlackRock CEO Larry Fink on Squawk Box.  Fink is bullish on U.S. equities. With $4.4 trillion under management, he is someone who a lot of investors listen to, whether they agree with him or not. The panel of Squawk Box interlocutors was discussing with Fink how our dovish Fed is dampening volatility (and trading volume) in the markets, reducing the opportunity to make quick money. Fink’s position in this conversation caught my attention.

Raising Capital: Challenges and Opportunities for Socially Responsible Businesses and Social Enterprises

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This is a guest post by Cutting Edge Capital

Raising capital from banks, venture capitalists, and professional investors is a challenge—especially when your business falls into the category of a social enterprise or socially responsible business (“SE/SRB”). Despite the best efforts of SE/SRBs at sorting out financial projections, putting together business plans, applying for loans, and making presentations (a.k.a. pitching), most will be turned away by these types of investors.

The CFO's Role in CSR Reporting

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When we hear the title Chief Financial Officer, we tend to think of financial performance indicators, not corporate social responsibility. However, the mindset among CFOs toward CSR is changing. CSR highlights various reputational and operational risks that shouldn't be overlooked, including compliance issues.
 

Is 2014 the Break-Through Year for Integrated Reporting?

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Thomas Odenwald, Senior Vice President, SAP

January 8, 2014--Integrated Reporting—the combination of financial and non-financial performance in a single report—is based on the principle that any organization can maximize value by serving the interest of all stakeholders and should not be limited to financial return only. Recent studies show that 80 percent of an organizations value is ‘hidden’ in non-financial assets not showing up in traditional financial reports.

Taking Corporate Sustainability Reporting to the Next Level

Large multinational companies are producing more information about their carbon footprints and staff diversity, but executives say the data need to be high quality and relevant to investors.
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Large multinational companies are producing more information about their carbon footprints and staff diversity, but executives say the data need to be high quality and relevant to investors.

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Investment rush to Africa must manage sustainability risks

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As the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment initiative begins its annual event in Cape Town on October 1st, its Executive Director Dr. James Gifford considers the sustainability challenges faced by investors in African companies

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By Dr. James Gifford | 27 September 2013

Banorte-Ixe, CDP and Green Plus Encourage Mexican Companies to Define a Sustainability Agenda to Face Climate Change

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On April 18th, Banorte-Ixe, CDP and Green Plus carried out the workshop "Business Resilience to Climate Change" in which various experts and business executives expressed the need to define and start as soon as possible a corporate sustainability agenda that enables companies to face the challenge that climate change represents for the implementation and permanence of their businesses.

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On April 18th, Banorte-Ixe, CDP and Green Plus carried out the workshop "Business Resilience to Climate Change" in which various experts and business executives expressed the need to define and start as soon as possible a corporate sustainability agenda that enables companies to face the challenge that climate change represents for the implementation and permanence of their businesses.

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Investors Seek Stronger Disclosure by U.S. Water Providers

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BOSTON, April 2, 2013 /3BL Media/ - Tighter water supplies. Aging infrastructure. Uncertain water demand. Climate change.

U.S. water providers are facing unprecedented challenges, including more vulnerable water supplies, declining revenue and growing environmental pressures. Investors who finance the projects that keep the water flowing - by purchasing bonds that pay for pipelines, treatment plants and other key infrastructure - now want better information on how water utilities are managing these wide-ranging risks.

Building Investor Confidence on Climate Change

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Enbridge’s Paul Hunt today called participation in the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), the global voluntary reporting initiative, “essential” for companies seeking to build investor confidence on the issue of climate change.

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