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How Exxon Taught Me That Shareholders Can Change the World

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by Gabe Rissman Co-Founder and President, YourStake.org 

I rose to the podium, looked Exxon then-CEO Rex Tillerson in the eye, and spoke. “Why does Exxon fund climate-denying organizations, when you publicly support a carbon tax?” Tillerson deflected the question at the time: “we would never impinge on ALEC’s free speech.” D’oh. Two years later, in July 2018, Exxon ceased funding ALEC, the climate change denying organization I highlighted.

How Impact Investing Can Change Our Relationship With Money

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by Yuliya Tarasava, Co-Founder and COO, CNote 

While difficult at the moment, the many conversations with my friends about money inspired me to explore a different path. Conversation after conversation, I started to chip away at what felt wrong about money, and we would talk about their “wish list” when it comes to finance. What came up again and again was the desire to feel smart about money decisions – “whatever I do should be easy to understand, available to all, convenient to do, and make me feel good and empowered.”

Millennials New Frontier: A Career in Financial Services

The Bright Future in Sustainable Investing
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by Kelly Coyne VP, Impax Asset Mmgt and Pax Ellevate Mgmt.

Why do millennials eschew jobs in financial services and how Sustainable Investing is changing that

Responsible Investing: Past, Present and the Next 25 Years

Insights from the President of Parnassus Investments
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By Benjamin E. Allen, President, Parnassus Investments and a portfolio manager for the Parnassus Core Equity Fund

As President of Parnassus Investments, I often think about what responsible investing might look like over the coming decades. The future is anchored in the past, so I believe the best way to begin an answer to this question is with a look back at the early years of responsible investing.

The Origins of Values-Based Investing

Responsible Investing – Principles, Pillars and Progress

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by John Streur, president and CEO, Calvert Research and Management 

The responsible investing movement that we have started and shaped has reached the end of the beginning, with a broad and strong foundation that will evolve to provide the superstructure of our society’s continuing struggle to address and solve its greatest challenges. Our efforts are working, and we are being joined in our mission by more investors worldwide every day.

Dear Financial Services CEO: Where are the Women?

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 by Kathleen McQuiggan, Senior VP, Global Women’s Strategies, Pax World and Managing Director, Pax Ellevate Management, LLC

For an industry that prides itself on mastering risk management, finding value and uncovering arbitrage opportunities, I think the financial services sector is falling flat. Why? Because most firms are overlooking one of the biggest investment opportunities ever: women.

US Sustainable, Responsible and Impact Investing Trends

Executive Summary of the New Report
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US sustainable, responsible and impact (SRI) investing continues to expand. The total US-domiciled assets under management using SRI strategies grew from $6.57 trillion at the start of 2014 to $8.72 trillion at the start of 2016, an increase of 33 percent, as shown in Figure A. These assets now account for more than one out of every five dollars under professional management in the United States.

2017: Our Financial Interconnectedness is the Big Story

From Humanity to Personal Finance
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by Don Shaffer, president and CEO of RSF Social Finance

In 2017, we’ll hear a deafening roar from investors: 

• “Are screened mutual funds the best I can do?”

• “Why is my ESG portfolio filled with technology and big bank stocks?”

• “Can you please find me more direct investments?”

We’ll hear the following demands:

The Politics of Energy: Change or Be Changed

How Clean Energy Can Save the Economy
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by Carole Laible, Chief Executive Officer, Domini Social Investments

Human nature often resists change. We struggle with moving from familiar surroundings to new, unknown territories. Yet, when it comes to the greatest single challenge we face today, our resistance to change will surely cause massive, uncontrollable, and unforeseeable changes.

Are You Ready to Invest in Women?

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By Kathleen McQuiggan, Senior Vice President of Global Women's Strategies for Pax World Management LLC and Managing Director of Pax Ellevate Management LLC 

Imagine walking into your first Wall Street job, fresh out of college, ready to take on the world. That was me twenty-five years ago when I boldly entered the world of finance as a sales assistant for two institutional brokers. At the time I knew nothing about investing or client service, but I knew that it was a fantastic opportunity to learn and it was an environment in which I could thrive – so I was all in. 

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