corporate governance

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

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

Simplicity in a Complex World

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June 1, 2012

While attending the CFA Conference… in Chicago a couple of weeks ago, I got to listen to one of my favorite financial voices, James Montier of GMO.  In a conference heavy on academic presentations, it was refreshing to hear an investing practitioner hold forth.  Presenting his white paper, “The Flaws  

categories: banking, corporate governance, fiduciary responsibility, finance, markets, risk

The Efficient Frontier?

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May 15, 2012

Investors were once able to diversify portfolios by adding emerging market stocks to the mix.  However, emerging stock markets have been trading more or less in lock step with developed stock markets over the latest global economic cycle.  The correlation of the MSCI World Equity Index and the MSCI Emerging…  

categories: corporate governance, finance, markets, performance

The Changing Shape of Corporations

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April 25, 2012

For nearly 30 years, Portfolio 21 Investments has been working to influence progressive corporate behavior through the investment process. Recently, Bill Clark, a corporate governance attorney who also has a master’s degree in theology, was in Portland, OR speaking about corporate governance within the context of sustainable business. I’ll share…  

categories: corporate governance, growth, regulations

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