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Ethical to Impact Investing

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July 20, 2012

This is my 30th… year in the field of “screened” investing.  Over the last three decades, this approach to investing has been nuanced with many labels.  In 1984, Amy Domini and Peter Kinder wrote one of the first books on the subject and called it “Ethical Investing.”  In the  

Categories: corporate governance, environmental investing, ethical investing, green investing, impact investing, socially responsible investing, sustainable investing

Results from the Rio + 20 Summit

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July 2, 2012

The Rio + 20 Summit drew nearly 50,000 participants, including more than 100 governmental representatives, a large number of non-governmental organizations, and a significant corporate presence.  As I mentioned in my last post…, the preparatory talks to the conference were stymied by national interests and lacked focus toward a  

Categories: ecological limits, energy, greenhouse gas emissions, regulations

A Business Call for a New Economy

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June 28, 2012

On June 12, the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) presented its Business Call for a New Economy… to a White House summit, the following day the letter was shared with Senators and their staff.    Founded in 2009, the ASBC is a coalition of businesses and business organizations committed to advancing  

Categories: corporate governance, externalized costs, markets

Fresh Water Deficit

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June 22, 2012

People need fresh water to live; manufacturers need fresh water to produce; and economic growth is dependent on abundant fresh water supplies.  Water is essential for moving waste, keeping us and the environment healthy, as well as for producing food, clothing, and iPhones.  Yet, most people in the developed world…  

Categories: ecological limits, ecosystem services, environmental health, environmental justice, water

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