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New Insights Into Chinese ESG

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By Bahar Gidwani

We were recently granted the opportunity to include data on hundreds of companies from one of the leading Chinese ESG analysis firms—SynTao Green Finance (STGF). We had known of this firm’s work since around 2010 and have looked forward to having its help to better understand Chinese company behavior.

How Crypto Currency Is Bringing Ownership to the People

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by David Weinstein, Senior VP at Dana Investment Advisors 

Many of us were sitting around the dinner table at Thanksgiving or Christmas and someone youngish started talking about blockchain cryptography. They probably called it something different though: “crypto,” “bitcoin,” maybe something about a “doge”-coin? Breathless talk of massive returns may have followed, without the mention of risk. A cult leader would be impressed by the level of evangelism.

Accelerating the Diversity Flywheel in 2022 and Beyond

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by Emily Chew and Jade Huang, Calvert Research and Management 

Every year, the message becomes clearer. Diversity is just good for businesses that embrace it – and bad for those that don’t.

Sustainable Investing: Good News for 2022 and Beyond

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by Carole Liable, CEO of Domini Impact Investments

For women-led and impact leading Domini Impact Investments, sustainable investing isn’t a trend; it’s a tradition. CEO Carole Laible explains what’s ahead for sustainable investing in 2022—and why women are the ones that will continue to power its momentum.

Recent SEC Staff Interpretation Bodes Well for Gender Lens Investor Advocacy

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by Beth-ann Roth of RK Invest Law 

The newest SEC staff interpretation relating to shareholder proposals is poised to make it easier for ESG issues to get onto the ballot at company annual meetings. Investors should take steps to put issues of gender and diversity front and center. While terms like “diversity,” “inclusion,” and “gender lens investing” are becoming part of corporate and investing vocabulary, implementation of the values for which those concepts stand is far from complete.

Green Bond-anza: Making Sense of the Categories

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By Benjamin J. Bailey, Praxis Mutual Funds & Everence Financial

With the recent announcement that the European Union will begin issuing green bonds starting in October of 2021 and predictions that have annual green bond issuance hitting $1 trillion by 2023, many have been left wondering: “What exactly is a green bond?”

The Rise in Green Bonds: What This Means for Investors and Our Planet

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by Leslie Samuelrich, President of Green Century Capital Mgmt and Green Century Funds 

In the first half of 2021, the total value of new green bonds issued reached $248.1 billion, more than the value of all bonds issued in all of 2020.

The Next Steps Towards a Circular Economy

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by Lydia Miller, Senior VP and Portfolio Specialist with Dana Investment Advisors 

The concept and acceptance of moving toward a Circular Economy have grown significantly in the last several years. While definitions vary, most focus on maximizing the value of materials, products, and other resources (i.e., water, energy) that circulate in the economy by maintaining them in the economy for as long as possible while also minimizing the consumption of materials and the generation of waste.

The Financial and Practical Implications of Delivering on Your ESG Strategy

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The downfall for many of today’s businesses who are recognizing the need to take environmental, social and governance (ESG) seriously is that they’re falling victim to the same fallacy. Setting a fanciful goal, like for example cutting down to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040, isn’t all that meaningful if you aren’t establishing a concrete framework to achieve it.  

The Future of Real Estate for a Better World

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by Cynthia Curtis, Senior VP of sustainability stakeholder engagement at JLL

Striving for something better is a very human thing. Whether it be a better house, better clothes, a better job, it’s our nature to seek a future, which is an improvement upon the current state. The definition of better, of course, can be as unique as the individual. But when you widen the aperture and pose the question, ‘what does a better world look like?’, it forces consideration of the collective.

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