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First Affirmative Supports a Tax on Financial Transactions

By Holly Testa

First Affirmative recently joined others in the financial sector to issue a public letter urging the U.S. Congress to mandate a financial transaction tax. Many countries have successfully instituted a transaction tax, and European leaders in Germany, Italy, France and Spain recently announced their support.… Read More

Are Younger People More Idealistic?

By Kymberly Levesque

In two recent blog posts, “What Workers Want: Less Money, More Impact” and “Responsible Investing Taught at More Business Schools,” we explored how younger people expect more out of their career and how business schools are offering more CSR courses.… Read More

American Sustainable Business Council Goes to Washington

By Kymberly Levesque

In early June, the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) met with White House staff and Congress to introduce Washington to “A Business Call for a New Economy.” The document advocates for economic shifts structured around the principles of economic empowerment and environmental stewardship.… Read More

Those in the Know Find Value in Sustainable Investing

By Kymberly Levesque

A new report from DB Climate Change Advisors (DBCCA, a division of Deutsche Bank) concludes that investment managers who understand the intricacies of sustainable investing can often capture value-added performance.

While sustainable investing is often criticized as yielding middling results, “Sustainable Investing: Establishing Long-Term Value and Performance” found that this may be due to what funds are grouped under the heading “sustainable investing,” rather than the value of individual components.… Read More

Sustainable and Impact Investing May Be Worth $650 Billion

By Kymberly Levesque

Research released by the Calvert Foundation shows that a majority of financial advisors see sustainable investing as an opportunity to expand their business. Advisors surveyed would recommend sustainable investments to one-third of their clients and would divert 10 to 20 percent of portfolios to sustainable products.… Read More

What Workers Want: Less Money, More Impact

By Steve Schueth

The prevailing wisdom is that a higher salary equals a happy worker. That idea might be changing.

A report released by the Net Impact organization details what employees from younger generations want today. The report, titled “Talent Report: What Workers Want in 2012,” comes from a survey of 1,726 people, consisting of a quarter college students, 47 percent millennials, and 28 percent Gen X and Boomers.… Read More

Responsible Investing Taught at More Businesses Schools

By Steve Schueth

More MBA students are discovering sustainable, responsible, impact investing through the efforts of people such as Lloyd Kurtz. Kurtz was the driving force behind the creation of the Moskowitz Prize which is awarded each year at The SRI Conference to recognize outstanding quantitative research in socially responsible investing.… Read More

Consumers Want Money Well Spent

By Steve Schueth

The turbulent economy of recent years has led many consumers to reevaluate how they spend their money. Getting more out of each dollar is increasingly important. Consumers today want not just good investments, but meaningful ones.At the same time that consumers claim to be more satisfied with less, they have become more discerning with their money.… Read More

Investors Interested in Company Political Contributions

By Steve Schueth

In this presidential election year, shareholders are increasingly curious about the political agendas of public companies, reports the Chicago Tribune.

More than 100 resolutions have been filed in 2012 asking companies to disclose what they spend on political advocacy, according to Institutional Shareholder Services, for the first time exceeding the number of resolutions filed on energy and environmental issues.… Read More

Mutual fund companies “falling short” in voting for shareholder resolutions on climate change

By Steve Schueth

Some of the largest U.S. mutual fund companies are “falling short” in voting for shareholder resolutions on climate change, says Ceres. The investor and public interest coalition singled out fund giants American Funds, Fidelity, and Vanguard in a new analysis of proxy votes conducted by Jackie Cook of Fund Votes.… Read More