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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

Fixing Recycling: How Do We Close the Loop?

By Holly Testa, Director, Shareowner Engagement

Many communities have recycling programs. And yet, this patchwork system of taxpayer funded programs produces marginal results for the United States overall that lag far behind other developed nations. Why?

Throwing Away $11.5 Billion

As You Sow has estimated that the value of wasted packaging in the U.S.… Read More

Brazil Leads the World in Climate Change Mitigation

By Michael Schweibinz

Just ten years ago, Brazil had the highest deforestation rate in the world. Today, the World Cup host does more than any other country to prevent climate change.

A recent study by Science Magazine found that Brazil has reduced deforestation in the Amazon rain forest by 70%.… Read More

China to Cap Carbon Emissions!?

By: Michael Schweibinz

Earlier this month, President Obama proposed the biggest action we have seen in years to fight global warming. The EPA is setting the first-ever limits on carbon pollution from existing coal-fired power plants—the single largest source of global warming pollution in America.… Read More

New Carbon Pollution Standards Met with Applause… and Jeers

By Holly Testa, Director, Shareowner Engagement

You have no doubt heard about the proposed carbon standards to be applied to existing power plants that have been much in the news recently. The details are many (645 pages!), but the goal is clear: Cut carbon pollution from the power sector by 30% from 2005 levels by 2030.… Read More

Conflict Minerals Reporting: Cue the Applause!

By: Michael Schweibinz

Earlier this month, the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals denied the suspension of the SEC conflict minerals reporting rule. The Court’s decision upholds section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

This Court decision eliminates any uncertainty that companies might have had about proper reporting.… Read More

Applause!!! Europe Requires Sustainable Reporting for Large Public Companies

By Michael Schweibinz

The European Parliament has passed a historic law that will require major businesses to include sustainability factors as part of their annual financial reports. By 2017, all publicly traded companies that employ over 500 workers will be required to abide by this new standard.… Read More

Foundations Increase Impact Through Mission-Aligned Investing

By Betsy M. Markus and Michael Schweibinz

In recent months, organizations like the Association of Small Foundations, Mission Investors Exchange, and The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investing (US SIF), have published guides to assist foundations with aligning their investment portfolios with their missions.… Read More

Shareowners Raise New Issue: Corporate Influence on Climate Related Public Policy

By Holly A. Testa, AIF, Director, Shareowner Engagement

Corporate influence on public policy is nothing new, and institutional investors have been actively encouraging full disclosure of corporate political and lobbying activities for many years. Now, deepening concern about how climate related risks impact investment portfolios is focusing attention on a specific question: How do corporations use shareowner dollars to influence climate related public policy?… Read More

Forecasts Are No Good, But We Need Them “for Planning Purposes”

By Kevin O’Keefe, Chief Investment Officer

I like this essay by Motley Fool writer Morgan Housel. A few pertinent points:

“You would not wish upon your worst enemy the track record of professional economists predicting the financial events that really mattered throughout history.”

“In a world where the most important events can’t be predicted, the more we fool ourselves into thinking that we can forecast, the more risk we expose ourselves to.”

“Lasting financial success comes to those who align the odds of success in their favor.… Read More