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3 Ways Endowments Can Adopt Sustainable Investing

Learn how endowments, faced with increasing pressure from students, can get started on the path to holistic sustainable investing.
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by Emily Lawrence, director of sustainable investing for the institutional client group, and Sharee Zlatkova, investment associate for sustainable investing for the institutional client group

University endowments are starting to take sustainable investing seriously, not only because students are urging them to but also because we think it’s proving to be good investment practice. For endowments looking to get started — or to expand upon their sustainable practices — here are three ideas to consider.

BlackRock, JP Morgan, J&J on ESG Going Mainstream: Briefing

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November 12, 2019 /3BL Media/ - The economist Milton Friedman famously said that “the social responsibility of business is to increase its profits”. Nearly 50 years since Friedman introduced his theory change is now afoot. ESG information on companies is being utilised as a guide to the movement of capital. ESG is becoming mainstream.

It’s “Official” Now: The United States of America Is Withdrawing From the Historic Paris Accord on Climate Change With Notice to the UN

G&A's Sustainability Highlights (11.8.2019)
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The big news of this week:  The USA is now “officially” withdrawing from the Paris Accord on Climate Change.  The one-year countdown to “USA out” is now underway.

In 2015 as the representatives of almost all of the nations of the world gathered in Paris, France for “COP 21” (or “the UN Climate Change Forum, the 21st yearly meeting of the Conference of Parties), an important agreement was reached:  the 196 nations would work together to attempt to limit global warming to below 2-degrees Celsius (3.5-degrees Fahrenheit) – or at least to not above 1.5C (2.7F).

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:

Where Are U.S. Companies on Climate Change Risk Disclosure? New Survey Results From DFIN Are Available

G&A's Sustainability Highlights (11.1.2019)
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Climate Change and Corporate Reporting – the two terms are increasingly coupled now as many more investors and stakeholders are requesting information from publicly-traded companies about their awareness of, and strategies & actions for addressing the many risks posed to the enterprise by climate change.

Important sea change:  many more investors are now asking companies for information about their preparation for climate change and some, demanding a report if none has been issued.

Strategic Investor Initiative Partners With Edelman To Outline Best Practices in Long-Term Plan Disclosures

Guidance offers examples from leading corporations that have delivered Long-Term Plans at CECP CEO Investor Forums
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NEW YORK, October 30, 2019 /3BL Media/– Bringing together their respective areas of expertise, Edelman and the Strategic Investor Initiative (SII) at Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose (CECP) have partnered to release an overview of emerging practices in disclosures of long-term plans made at CEO Investor Forums.

International SRI Mutual Funds: Calvert, Green Century, Praxis, Mirova

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This is the second of two articles formGreenMoney's new International ESG and SRI investing issue featuring short profiles on a number of the International SRI Mutual Funds, which invest in companies outside the United States. The information below comes from each Fund and is subject to change. We have included their website links for you to look up the latest information including Company Holdings, Country Allocations and Financial Performance. 

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International Sri Mutual Funds: Domini, Thornburg and Boston Common

Sustainable, Responsible, Impact Investments
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This is the first of two articles from GreenMoney's International ESG/SRI Investing issue featuring short profiles on a number of the International SRI Mutual Funds, which invest in companies outside the United States. The information below comes from each Fund and is subject to change. We have included their website links for you to look up the latest information including Company Holdings, Country Allocations and Financial Performance. 

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ecountabl and CSRHub Sign Data License Agreement

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. and KATONAH, N.Y., October 18, 2019, /3BL Media/ – ecountabl, Inc., the technology company that helps Americans live up to their values in daily life, and CSRHub, a leading provider of corporate social responsibility (CSR) information, announced they have signed a license agreement that facilitates the use of CSRHub’s best-in-class CSR information in ecountabl’s groundbreaking consumer financial technology platform.

How Can Indonesia Secure Progress in SDG Reporting?

GRI agrees MoU with Ministry of National Development
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October 16, 2019 /3BL Media/ - GRI has signed a collaboration agreement with the Indonesian Government that commits to support and provide the reporting frameworks for the country’s commitments to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) marks the commitment of Indonesia’s Ministry of National Development Planning (BAPPENAS) in promoting the contribution of the private sector in achieving the 2030 Agenda.

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