(3BL Media/Just Means) - Legendary singer, songwriter and animal rights activist Morrissey, who rose to fame in the 1980s as the frontman of The Smiths, has written an open letter to Al Gore urging the environmentalist to ditch animal products during the upcoming Live Earth concert festival on June 18.
FROM THE EDITOR
ESG-Driven Impact Investing Shows Rapid Rise, Says Forbes
The latest example of the mainstream investment world discovering impact investing can be found in a recent Forbes blog. Kevin Mahn writes, “a growing number of investors are considering sustainable, impact, environmental and social responsible factors in the asset allocation decision making process.” Mahn reports those “growing numbers” in dollars as $6.57 trillion in the U.S. at the start of 2014, and $21.1 trillion globally. What he calls “modern sustainable responsible impact investing”—i.e. the integration of ESG factors into decision making as opposed to traditional negative filters—is now considered the dominant form of sustainable investing in the U.S. The blog also cites Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and Merrill Lynch as active with sustainable investment strategies. Companies who have yet to integrate ESG factors into their bottom line reporting: take note.
John Howell, Editorial Director
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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – In April a major rescue operation took place in the Mediterranean after as many as 700 migrants were feared to have drowned just outside Libyan waters, in what could prove to be the worst disaster yet involving migrants being smuggled into Europe. The passengers are often locked in the hold of the ship, meaning they have little chance of survival in an emergency.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – At the time of writing this story the UN estimates that eight million people have been affected by the 7.8 Richter scale earthquake in Nepal – that’s more than a quarter of this nation’s population – and that 1.4 million are in need of food assistance. Tens of thousands have been left homeless. By the time you have finished reading this story these numbers will have increased.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The holistic worldview emphasizes that all living organisms are connected to one another and to the planet, and therefore,there is a need to recognize that damaging any part of that web could end up harming every other part. This view forms the basis of a new report released by U.S. think tank Capital Institute, the brainchild of former JP Morgan Managing Director John Fullerton.
(3BL Media/Just Means) - The utility company National Grid has introduced a measure designed to help homeowners save electricity and emissions. The Virtual Home tool has been added to the Smart Energy Solutions Program (SES), with new features and functionality. The interactive tool empowers users to learn where and how they can reduce their energy usage.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – TripAdvisor found in a 2013 study conducted that 79 percent of travelers were inclined towards hotel properties that use eco-friendly practices. According to Steve Jennings, lead consultant for hotels and resorts at Deloitte, hotels are paying attention to conservation due to three reasons: corporate sustainability, better expense management, and consumer interest.