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FROM THE EDITOR
New Sustainability Fund Launches on New York Stock Exchange
The fast-changing world of responsible investment has a new player: the ETHO ETF Fund. Just launched on the New York Stock Exchange, it claims to be the world’s “first broad-based, diversified, and fossil-free exchange traded fund without exposure to the energy sector,” reports Business Green. The Fund is made up of equities from the Etho Climate Leadership Index that lists 400 "climate-efficient" companies across various sectors. Parent investment management company Etho Capital says the fund will be available to all investors, from large institutions to university students investing for the first time. This innovative financial product is the latest exhibit in making the case for socially responsible investing that maximizes both sustainability and ROI.
John Howell, Editorial Director
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Water is necessary for life and it is necessary for business. The World Economic Forum Global Risks 2015 list ranked water crises, including drought, as the number one risk facing humanity.
Guest blog by Emma White, Auvisa.org
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The environmental footprint of global companies has an economic cost that affects their valuations and competitiveness. The risk of environmental damage increases when these companies have a substantial presence in emerging markets. Even institutional investors with significant exposure to emerging markets may have liabilities for unsustainable operations in the developing world.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The best ways for companies to demonstrate their commitment to combat climate change include taking specific actions to reduce their carbon emissions, increase the use of renewable energy such as solar and wind, and clamp down on deforestation.
In a new survey of sustainability experts, 90 percent of respondents said that companies would need to play as big of a role as national governments in combating climate change to prevent environmental disaster.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Buildings use nearly 40 percent of all energy in the U.S. today. With the growing need of corporate real estate buyers and tenants across the spectrum to reduce their carbon footprint, construction of new energy-efficient buildings as well as retrofitting of existing buildings offers an unprecedented opportunity to the real estate sector.
(Camil looking at sister Shenoa. Photo Credit: Michael Isaac)