Responsible

Regulate by Retail: Assessing Shareholder Risk in Corporate Supply Chains

By Lauren Morrell

A panel of experts at the 25th annual SRI Conference discussed the power of investors, consumers, and public interest groups to influence corporate practices and regulations that seek to guide more responsible company behavior. The panel included Robert Frisbee, CEO of the Green Electronics Council, and Glenn Hurowitz, Managing Director of Climate Advisers, who shared observations on the progress made by their organizations to improve the way businesses operate around the world.… Read More

Hazardous to Your Wealth

By Kevin O’Keefe, Chief Investment Officer

With big moves in the stock markets lately, some investors might be anxious. The past several weeks have given almost every investor an opportunity to feel that they are right about the market—whether their outlook is bullish or bearish.… Read More

You CAN Have It All

Deborah Nason, writing for CNBC.com, discusses how financial advisors and their clients seem to be “happy” with a more sustainable, responsible, positively impactful approach to investing. Nason interviewed several investment professionals for this article, including two Certified Financial Planners affiliated with First Affirmative Financial Network, Kathy Stearns and Shane Yonston.… Read More

Millennials: Do Gooders at Heart

By Michael Schweibinz:

The American workplace is on the verge of one of the largest demographic shifts in contemporary history. It’s a bold statement, but one that’s becoming widely acknowledged, as the Millennials sweep into leadership positions in for-profit and non-profit corporations across the country.… Read More

The Three Ps Echo Across Wall Street

By: Michael Schweibinz

Have you earned an MBA or degree in business administration sometime during the past half-century? If the so, you’ve surely had the four Ps of marketing engrained into your business DNA.

Marketers tend to focus on price, product, place, and promotion.… Read More

New Belgium Family Foundation “All In” for Impact Investing

By: Meaghan Scott

The New Belgium Family Foundation was started by the CEO and Co-Founder of the New Belgium Brewing Company after the company became 100% employee owned through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan in 2012. The sale to the ESOP is only the most recent example in a long history of practices by New Belgium Brewing that promote environmental stewardship and social responsibility, including being one of the early Certified B Corps.… 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

Apple Begins to Improve Working Conditions at Supplier Plants

By Dan Sherman

Apple’s suppliers have had a murky history with working conditions. Eighteen workers attempted suicide in one facility in 2010 and one died of exhaustion because of the working conditions at the plant.

The response from the supplier? Force employees to sign non-suicide agreements and install nets on the buildings.… Read More

First Affirmative Applauds the US Patent and Trademark Office

By Logan Coffman

A landmark ruling by US Patent and Trademark Office that officially canceled six Federal trademark registrations spanning from 1967 to 1990 associated with the controversial 82-year old Washington Redskins franchise has set the media world aflutter—and warmed the hearts of responsible investors.… Read More

Climate Change Is “Risky Business”

By Logan Coffman

Many reports on the negative implications of increasing greenhouse emissions have been released over the years by entities such as the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).… Read More