Many nations have created what can be defined as a “Sovereign Wealth Fund,” which hold assets in portfolio that are supposed to benefit the entire population, and usually, future generations of the country’s citizens. The first such fund was launched in 1954 by the oil-producing nation of Kuwait. Today, the largest such “SWF” is that of Norway – officially, the Norway Government Pension Investment Fund – with “wealth” now approaching US$1 trillion in Assets Under Management.
Despite our best efforts, separating ourselves from nature is a fruitless endeavor. So long as we are made primarily of carbon, we are nature. So long as we breath in oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide, we are nature.
As I sit down to write this post, I think my mood can be described best by the following: feeling a temptation towards philosophical musings of the sort that would come naturally to you if we were sipping Earl Grey tea surrounded by many leather bound books. And here we go….
Graham Sinclair is one of the influentials, the thought leaders in sustainability. He shares his views on “mainstreaming sustainable investment” with us on the Triple Pundit platform. He sees 2016 as the year of the “new normal” for brand name asset owners and their managers to embrace ESG factors in their decision-making. An example is the CDP signatory base of now 822 financial institutions with US$95 trillion in Assets Under Management (AUM). Another strong signal is the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change – 120 members with 13 trillion Euros in AUM. And, PRI with 302 as
Governance & Accountability Institute announces its support of the Global Sourcing Council's "17 Weeks / 17 SDGs Initiative," developed by GSC in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that were adopted by all 193 countries at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015.
We have exciting news for you this week about an important collaboration, just announced by G&A Institute and 3BL Media. We’re joining forces to help organizations communicate their release of their CSR / Sustainability Report through the largest distribution network focused on CSR and Sustainability news – and to help organizations strategically plan for the future by benchmarking their reporting versus their peers. Together these offerings can help organizations to be recognized for the accomplishments of their "Sustainability Journey" and to help steer the ship and set the sails in
What’s on your list of the top stories of the year just behind us – 2015? Our Top Story this week is a look back at the Top 10 Business Stories of 2015 by Andrew Winston. You may know him as the author of “Good to Gold,” a business bestseller. His commentary was published in Harvard Business Online, and republished by Sustainable Brands in its “The Next Economy” series. We present it here for your reading.
Happy New York 2016 to our friends and colleagues! What are your hopes for sustainability in this new calendar year – the pages are blank, so fill in what you would like to see happening. Elaine Hsieh, director of VERGE at the Greenbiz Group, did that for us with her “biggest hopes for sustainability technology in 2016,” which Greenbiz presented in a year end post.
Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve loved games. I’m pretty sure my parents could have manipulated me into doing whatever they wanted by calling it a game. “John, I bet you can’t be silent longer than me during this five-hour car ride. Ready? Go!” Or, “John, do you think you can eat all of your vegetables in the next 60 seconds?”
...I’m encouraged by the recent trend of gamification, in particular its applications in the environmental space.
If you are a corporate investor relations officer, you’ll want to read this week’s Top Story. If you are a manager looking for information to take over to the IR office in your company, this is good for helping to “build the investment case.” IR magazine, an authoritative voice for the investor relations professional, puts the recent Ceres report in focus.
G&A Institute interviews American Cleaning Institute’s Brian Sansoni & Melissa Grande…our Top Story this week.
As we monitor U.S. companies’ disclosure and periodic reporting on their respective sustainability journeys, we are seeing that companies have both expanding and narrowing choices. Expanding, more U.S. companies either begin or steadily expand disclosure and reporting on their sustainability journey, and widen the range of effective means of telling the story of their corporate responsibility activities.