New Profits, New Values

$4.7 trillion: that’s the total of assets in the U.S. invested using ESG standards, an amount that grew eight times between 2012 and 2014. With this exponential growth has come a question about transparency. Financial Advisor reports on a recent study by US SIF, a nonprofit organization that represents U.S. organizations, institutions and individuals engaged in socially responsible investing, which found that of 16 of the country’s largest ESG money managers, only half disclosed the criteria they consider. Disclosures of the type of standards used were not made for 62 percent of the assets being invested using ESG criteria. New profits made by using ESG values come with new values in practices that must be integrated, as well.

John Howell, Editorial Director

News & Blogs

11 hours 40 min ago

(3BL Media/Just Means) - A recent report by World Hunger highlights how the 2008 economic crisis has caused hunger to increase in the United States. Particularly worrying is the fact that, in this period, children were at times in the year “food insecure” in 9.9 percent of households that include them.

1 day 3 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Wars can have a devastating impact on food security of a region. Agriculture gets hampered due to flight from the land by farmers, reduced supply of inputs, and damage to irrigation and storage infrastructure and agricultural equipment. Flour mills, food processing units and bakeries typically operate at a low capacity or become defunct in such conditions.

1 day 10 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – As Sub Saharan Africa continues to emerge as a major growth market, so will the continent’s attractiveness for business expansion. The World Bank has predicted stable economic forecasts for the region, which, when coupled with a booming e-commerce sector has significant prospects for innovative small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

1 day 10 hours ago

(3BL Media/Just Means) - The fashion business may appear shallow to many people, an image that is reinforced by media reports of sweatshops, horrific fur farms and environmental pollution through pesticides used on cotton crops and massive amounts of disposable fashion that ends up on landfills.

2 days 3 hours ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The U.S. dairy industry is playing a vital role in creating a sustainable food system. Dairy farmers in all 50 states are adopting innovative means to address economic, environmental and social challenges. While milk production in the country has quadrupled since 1944, but the industry uses 90 percent less cropland, consumes 65 percent less water, and emits 63 percent fewer greenhouse gases.

2 days 11 hours ago

(3BL MedIA/Just Means) - Engaging young people in sustainable thinking and acting is essential to build a new society based on an Earth-friendly way of life​. So,​ it is always exciting to see initiatives that engage kids ​to ​tak​e​ action.