Sustainable Finance: ESG Investment Explained, Part II

Planetsave has published a blog by Carolyn Fortune that distinguishes SRI (socially responsible investment) from ESG-driven (environment, social, governance) investment, a field of activity that overlaps but is quite distinct from SRI. Fortune describes ESG investment as a strategy that incorporates ESG criteria into investment analysis. It is especially suited to shareholders looking for channels to raises issues of concern, and to lock in profits from financial outperformance over the long term, as “a growing body of academic research shows a strong link between ESG and financial performance.” She notes that more than 200 institutional investors and money managers controlling $2.56 trillion in assets filed shareholder resolutions relating to ESG issues between 2014 and 2016. If money talks, that’s a loud vote of confidence.

John Howell, Editorial Director

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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Increased transparency in a connected world and growing stakeholder interest in creating sustainable businesses is leading more companies to make environmental and social goals integral to their business strategy.

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(3BL Media/Justmeans) - The folks at Bacardi ​must be in high spirits right now​. The iconic ​beverage​ company has succeeded in reducing its greenhouse gas emissions worldwide in half, beating its self-imposed December 2017 deadline by more than a year. The reduction achieved equals to taking 15,000 cars off the road each year. reducing oil use by 165,000 barrels annually or installing 18 wind turbines.

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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The Great Plains is an agricultural factory of immense proportions, where the most important crop is wheat. However, in 2014, this region lost more acres of grasslands than the Brazilian Amazon lost to deforestation, according to the new 2016 Plowprint Report, from World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

2 days 9 hours ago

Reducing water use has become popular among companies. Most sustainability reports include at least a small section about water reduction. One company made reducing its water use important when it was not on the radar of other companies.

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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – In 2007, the term “impact investing” was coined at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, putting a name to investments made with the intention of generating both financial return and social and/or environmental impact. Among High Net Worth Individuals (HNWIs) and Ultra High Net Worth Individuals (UHNWIs), impact investing delivers the satisfaction of wealth creation while making a difference to the society.

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President-elect Donald Trump has voiced his denial of climate change on several occasions. And his choice of Myron Ebell, a known climate change denier, to lead the transition of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) demonstrates that Trump’s position may not change.

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There is a new way to put ​online shopping packaging to good use. An initiative known as Give Back Box allows shoppers to donate used goods using the same box that carried their newly-bought goods. It's a double-whammy: you recycle and donate stuff you no longer need, and reuse the cardboard paper of the packaging, which otherwise would end up on a landfill site.