sustainable investing

Why Portfolio 21 does not invest in Coca Cola

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September 10, 2014

When I finished reading the article “Investing to Make a Difference Is Gaining Ground” published in the September 5th issue of the New York Times…, I was struck, yet again, by the wide-range of socially and environmentally screened investing options and the myriad ways individuals define and assess  

categories: environmental investing, ethical investing, food, green investing, impact investing, risk, socially responsible investing, sustainable investing

Water Security Close to Home

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August 29, 2014

According to the Global Water Forum, by 2050 over 40% of the world’s population will live in water stressed regions. Concerns about water security is not a new topic, but as droughts ravage the western United States it is impossible to ignore the rising sense of urgency in regions very…  

categories: climate change, ecological limits, environmental health, natural disaster, risk, socially responsible investing, sustainable investing, water, weather

New Publication: Perspectives on "Sustainable" Palm Oil: Problematic Certification Systems and the Responsible Investor

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March 24, 2014

Here at Portfolio 21, we are continuously working to identify critical ESG issues and educate both ourselves and our investors.  As part of these efforts, we are pleased to announce a new publication:  “Perspectives on ‘Sustainable’ Palm Oil:  Problematic Certification Systems and the Responsible Investor…,” which examines the  

categories: climate change, deforestation, food, global warming, palm oil, socially responsible investing, sustainable investing

Speaking Out on Divestment

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March 13, 2014

When Portfolio 21 got the call to testify in front of the Oregon State House Energy and Environment Committee on divesting state funds from fossil fuels, we gladly accepted.  In an effort to encourage the state to consider divesting funds from fossil fuel holdings, 350 PDX… organized a variety of  

categories: climate change, divest fossil fuels, fossil fuel-free investing, fossil-free investing, global warming, green investing, greenhouse gas emissions, socially responsible investing, sustainable investing

New Publication: Beyond Fossil Fuel Free Investing: Reducing Global Energy Demand through Efficiency

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November 7, 2013

Going Fossil Fuel Free and divesting of fossil fuel stocks is an end game for some, but for Portfolio 21 it is simply the first─and easiest─step.  The next step is to consider how to reallocate those funds.  It goes without saying, you wouldn’t want to rid your portfolio of fossil…  

categories: divest fossil fuels, fossil fuel-free investing, fossil-free investing, green investing, sustainable investing

“My gosh, I am glad we do not invest in these companies!”

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June 3, 2013

I had this thought repeatedly as I read “Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us…” by Michael Moss.  Moss spent four years researching this book, and he provides fascinating details about how some companies in the food industry knowingly formulate their products to be addictive without  

categories: environmental investing, food, green investing, sustainable investing

New Publication: Approaches to Environmental Investing

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May 3, 2013

Portfolio 21 recently released a new publication, titled “Approaches to Environmental Investing…,” which is intended to illustrate the key concepts in this field and provide investors with a framework for evaluating various investment strategies. We offer this paper, written in collaboration with Sarah Cleveland Consulting, to fill a  

categories: environmental investing, ethical investing, fossil fuel-free investing, green investing, socially responsible investing, sustainable investing

New Paper Released: Managing Investment Portfolios without Fossil Fuel Stocks

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January 18, 2013

This week Portfolio 21 Investments released a new paper entitled Managing Investment Portfolios without Fossil Fuel Stocks…. The paper details the unique investment risks of the coal, oil, and gas sector, as well as how our firm manages portfolio diversification without fossil fuel exploration and production stocks. Our investment  

categories: climate change, divest fossil fuels, energy, environmental investing, fossil fuel-free investing, fossil fuels, fossil-free investing, global warming, green investing, socially responsible investing, sustainable investing

The Growing Movement to Divest from Fossil Fuels

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December 4, 2012

A movement is building to push for change in the global energy conversation through divestment from fossil fuel companies.  This may seem to be a bold and radical mission, but author-activist Bill McKibben, whose 350.org is at the heart of the message, believes this is a campaign whose time has…  

categories: climate change, divest fossil fuels, energy, environmental investing, fossil fuel-free investing, fossil fuels, fossil-free investing, global warming, green investing, socially responsible investing, sustainable investing

Portfolio 21 Investments Celebrates Thirty Years!

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October 17, 2012

We are celebrating a birthday today.  Thirty years ago, Portfolio 21 Investments was founded.  Looking back over the past three decades, certainly the growth of social and environmental investing has gone beyond my expectations.  I don’t believe any of us who started out in the early 1980s had any idea…  

categories: company news, environmental investing, ethical investing, green investing, impact investing, socially responsible investing, sustainable investing

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