Investing for a Purpose: A Primer

The universe of values-driven investing continues to expand at an accelerating rate. A recent Seeking Alpha article traces the evolution of values investing from cause-driven socially responsible investing to the new, growing fields of impact investing, which aims to affect mission-related social or environmental change, and ESG (environmental, social, and governance) investing, which factors the three subjects into fundamental investment analysis as they affect financial performance. Everyone active in the CSR/sustainability business should take a look at this brief guide to the tectonic shifts in models, products, and strategies that support the companies and organizations now working to bring about progressive change. Fluency in the new investment language will be required in the future.

John Howell, Editorial Director

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21 hours 53 min ago

Guest Blog by Bill Shireman and Kellen Klein, Future 500

As today’s products grow increasingly varied and complex, so too does the stakeholder network calling on companies to reduce the negative impacts of the widgets they produce. The past two years have seen a particularly noticeable increase in domestic stakeholder activity around waste, recycling and packaging.

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(3BL Media/Just Means) - Why cycle to work? There are several good reasons​ to embrace two-wheeled transportation​. For one, it is healthy: aerobic exercise is good for the heart and it improves our resistance and overall fitness. Second, streets are jammed! Fewer cars on the road means less stress and more room to move.

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(3BL Media/Justmeans) - James Hansen came to Rochester, NY to give the keynote address at the Sierra Club’s Annual Forum. The title of his talk was “Climate Change and Energy: How Can Young People Take Ownership of Their Future?” It was the culmination of several talks he had given while in town.

Not surprisingly, Hansen began by talking about how last year was the warmest on record and how based on the data recorded so far, this year is well on its way to being warmer. He described the many sources of data corroborating the phenomenon like...

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(3BL Media/Just Means) - Like many consumers, I worry about what happens to the clothes I buy when ​I wear them out or just get tired of them​​​. Granted, we can donate them to second hand shops, or even pass them down to family members who enjoy a bit of vintage style. But more opportunities for recycling and reusing of garments and footwear are opening up as fashion retailers set up schemes to collect used goods and push them in a green direction.

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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – While the literacy rate among girls is getting better gradually in India, the gender gap still continues. When it comes to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields, girls are significantly underrepresented in most parts of the country.

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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Companies that get involved with the community stand apart from their competitors, and reap dividends over time in terms of loyal customers and happier employees. A business does not operate in a vacuum. The citizens and groups that live within a company’s local operating regions are vital to its existence. The workers too are a part of the community and in many cases grew up there.

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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – By 2025, nearly two billion people will experience absolute water scarcity, and two-thirds of the world will survive in water-stressed conditions. More than 1.4 billion people currently live in river basins where water use is more than the minimum recharge levels, according to the UN Development Programme. In 60 percent of European cities with a population of 100,000 or more, groundwater is being used at a faster rate than it can be replenished.