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Ceres Investor Water Toolkit

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The Investor Water Toolkit is the first-ever comprehensive resource to evaluate and act on water risks in investment portfolios. This ‘how-to’ guide includes links to resources, databases, case studies and other tools for all investors to use, from pension funds to endowments to asset managers. The Toolkit was developed in collaboration with more than 40 institutional investors from across the globe and is the ultimate resource on water integration written for investors by investors.

 

Northern Trust Asset Management Selects Eleven Firms for Minority Broker Program

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CHICAGO, November 26, 2019 /3BL Media/ - Northern Trust Asset Management, consistent with its long-standing commitment to ensuring diversity and inclusion within the investment industry, has selected eleven minority-owned broker-dealers for its Minority Broker Program. Started in 2007, the program consists of firms owned by minorities, women, and disabled veterans.

Each firm was selected for one or more asset classes, based on quantitative and qualitative selection criteria including execution capabilities, technology platforms and performance. The selected firms include:

Sustainable Investing at Northern Trust

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Northern Trust offers investment capabilities with sustainable objectives in equity, fixed income and real assets. The approach and objective of a sustainable investing strategy is multi-dimensional, and may apply differently to different asset classes. While sustainability factors may be broad in nature, we focus on certain key issues and approaches in our Core Aspects investment framework.

New Ceres Report Calls on Corporate Boards to Oversee Sustainability Risks As Global Climate and Water Crises Worsen

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November 20, 2019 /3BL Media/ - A new report released today by the nonprofit organization Ceres calls on corporate boards to systematically and explicitly oversee environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks in order to keep their businesses resilient in the face of growing global climate and water crises.

Northern Trust's Shundrawn Thomas Walks the Talk on Diversity in Financial Services

A role model and a mentor who believes in paying it forward and back
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By Jeff Benjamin

Recognizing the self-fulfilling prophecy that develops when lower-level minority employees don't see minority representation in the executive ranks, Mr. Thomas said more effort needs to be made across the industry.

"We've been very intentional at Northern Trust," he said. "We not only have to have diverse slates of candidates, but we also require diverse slates of people interviewing candidates."

Legg Mason Redefines Its Approach to Corporate Social Responsibility, Releases 2019 CSR Report

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BALTIMORE, November 6, 2019, /3BL Media/ -  Legg Mason, Inc. (NYSE: LM) has redefined its approach to corporate social responsibility (CSR) by focusing on six dimensions that are central to the company’s mission of Investing to Improve Lives™

"We have long recognized that CSR plays a vital role in our mission. Today’s announcement signifies our focus on six areas in which we believe we can build momentum and make a meaningful difference,” said Joseph A. Sullivan, Chairman and CEO of Legg Mason.

Legg Mason recognizes six dimensions of CSR:

Entrepreneurs and the Racial Wealth Divide: A Q&A With Jessica Norwood

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African American entrepreneurs have a significantly harder time than their white counterparts do in securing funding from friends and family to launch their businesses. Entrepreneur Jessica Norwood founded the Runway Project to help them get the seed funding they need to get off the ground. She talked with the Erb Institute about how this approach both enables these entrepreneurs and benefits the broader business community.

Why did you start the Runway Project?

Favorable Winds for Corporate Purpose During UN General Assembly Week

By Sarah Bostwick Stromoski, Manager, CEO Leadership & Investor Engagement, CECP
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With the recent Business Roundtable statement and the Financial Times’ series on expanding corporate purpose beyond short-term shareholder value, there was plenty of momentum  going into United Nations (UN) General Assembly and Climate Week. Several events and discussions addressed the private sector’s role in driving progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Utilities That Take This Approach to Battery Storage Will Maximize Future Market Share

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By Liz Waldren

As more U.S. states offer incentives for renewable energy investment and costs for solar photovoltaic (PV) panels continue to decrease, it seems utility-scale battery energy storage is positioned to take charge of the next renewables revolution.

Morgan Stanley Survey Finds Investor Enthusiasm for Sustainable Investing at an All-Time High

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• 85% of U.S. individual investors now express interest in sustainable investing strategies. 

• As the market matures, individual investors seek more product choices that match their interests and impact measurement capabilities. 

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• 85% of U.S. individual investors now express interest in sustainable investing strategies. 

• As the market matures, individual investors seek more product choices that match their interests and impact measurement capabilities. 

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