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Proxy Preview 2015 Highlights the New “Zeitgeist”

By Holly A. Testa, Director, Shareowner Engagement

First Affirmative is a proud sponsor of Proxy Preview, a combined effort of As You Sow, Sustainable Investments Institute and Proxy Impact. The 2015 edition is hot off the presses, and it previews what is bound to be a very interesting and record-setting proxy voting season.… Read More

Women Empowered for Progress and Profit

By Lauren Morrell, Contributor

We’ve all heard about the upcoming generational wealth transfer estimated at over $41 trillion that will be passed down to the Millennial Generation by 2040, but a less known fact is that two-thirds of this transfer will end up in the hands of women, according to Audrey Choi, CEO of Morgan Stanley’s Institute for Sustainable Investing.… Read More

McDonald’s to Serve Chicken Not Treated with Antibiotics

By James Griffitts, Contributor

A new initiative by McDonald’s is moving the company away from chicken treated with certain antibiotics. This move comes as McDonald’s suffers from historically low sales and customers depart for restaurants with a bigger emphasis on good health.… Read More

The Utility Death Spiral

By Michael Schweibinz, Contributor

Solar and wind energy solutions are sweeping across the nation. This trend has left traditional utility providers concerned about their ability to compete economically and environmentally. This was a hot topic at the 25th annual SRI Conference.… Read More

Partners in Advocacy: Trillium Asset Management

By Holly Testa, Director, Shareowner Engagement

First Affirmative’s shareowner advocacy program does not stand alone. Many of the asset managers we use in client accounts are also our partners in advocacy—and they have powerful stories to share. In this installment, we talk with Jonas Kron, Senior Vice President and Director of Shareholder Advocacy at Trillium Asset Management.Read More

Big Oil Backs Shareowner Initiative on Reducing Carbon Emissions?

By Michael Schweibinz, Conbributor

The role of supermajor oil companies in climate change is beginning to shift. British Petroleum (BP) has announced that it will advise investors to back a shareholder initiative meant to cut back on carbon emissions. This news came a week after another large oil company, Royal Dutch Shell, agreed to support the same shareholder resolution.… Read More

Partners in Advocacy: Everence Financial and the Praxis Mutual Funds

By Holly Testa, Director, Shareowner Engagement

First Affirmative’s shareowner advocacy program does not stand alone. Many of the asset managers we use in client accounts are also our partners in advocacy—and they have powerful stories to share. In this second installment, we talk with Chris Meyer, Stewardship Investing Specialist at Everence Financial, Advisor to Praxis Mutual Funds.Read More

States Leading the Charge: Toward a New Energy Economy

By Lauren Morrell

States Leading the Charge Toward a New Energy EconomyBill Ritter’s 2007 run for Governor of Colorado was distinguished by the conversation he created around the potential he believed Colorado has to develop a new, clean energy economy. Ritter served for
four years as Governor of Colorado, signed 57 bills advancing a clean energy agenda, and delivered a keynote presentation at the 25th annual SRI Conference [video].… Read More

Green Following Green

By Michael Schweibinz, Contributor

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Michael Liebreich, Chairman of the Advisory Board and Founder of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, stepped on stage at the 25th annual SRI conference and presented optimistic findings and forecasts for clean energy development in 2014.… Read More

$6.57 Trillion in the U.S. Alone!

By Michael Schweibinz, Contributor

Every other year, the US SIF Foundation reports on key trends in the sustainable, responsible, impact (SRI) investing space. US SIF found that roughly one in every nine dollars in professionally managed investment assets in 2012 was in a portfolio characterized as SRI.… Read More