Interviewed by Cliff Feigenbaum, GreenMoney Journal
Welcome to the latest in the 'GreenMoney Interviews' series. Recently I spoke with Liesel Pritzker Simmons of Blue Haven Initiative, as part of our new "Millennials and Money" issue. Liesel oversees an impact investing portfolio structured to generate financial returns and address social and environmental challenges.
From 2018 through the first half of 2020, according the the US SIF on Trends Sustainable and Impact Investing Trends, 149 institutional investors and 56 investment managers collectively controlling nearly $2.0 trillion in assets at the start of 2020 filed or co-filed shareholder resolutions on ESG issues.
Sustainable investing in the United States continues to expand at a healthy pace. The total US-domiciled assets under management using sustainable investing strategies grew from $12.0 trillion at the start of 2018 to $17.1 trillion at the start of 2020, an increase of 42 percent. This represents 33 percent, or one in three dollars, of the $51.4 trillion in total US assets under professional management.
by Dr. Cathy Key, President of World Tree USA LLC, an agroforestry company that grows trees for the purpose of carbon drawdown and timber production. Dr. Key oversees the Company’s operations in 5 countries.
How do women founded companies make their mark in what is still very much a man’s world?
by Jennifer Coombs, associate professor at the College for Financial Planning and the founder of the financial blog, GradMoney. She is the creator, lead author, and lead instructor for the Chartered SRI Counselor™ (CSRIC™) designation program
by Ebony Perkins, Investor and Community Relations Manager at Self-Help Credit Union
Can women really have it all?
Women have made much progress in the last century. They gained the right to vote, currently earn a higher percentage of college degrees than male counterparts, and represent more than half of the American workforce. Despite their strides, women have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic’s economic effects, and their progress is in jeopardy.
by Betsy Moszeter, Chief Operating Officer of Green Alpha Advisors
The evidence now shows that diverse investment teams make better long-term decisions.
The lack of gender diversity of financial services professionals is finally being talked about, but not sufficiently. It should be discussed more and in deeper ways, and – importantly – remediated in practice, because of the well-documented fact that heterogeneous teams outperform homogenous teams, across disciplines, and not by an insignificant amount.
By Tami Kesselman, LOHAS Advisors and Aligned Investing Global
Within the impact investing community, the value of gender diversity as an investment evaluation screen is rarely questioned because we know a secret that mainstream private equity and venture capital investors have failed to identify. What’s that? We’ve discovered that investing in women-led companies is not only exceptionally impactful, but it is also an excellent alpha strategy!
Welcome to the special 150th edition of the award-winning GreenMoney Journal
At GreenMoney, we have been focused on Sustainable Business and Impact Investing since 1992. The articles and videos in the January 2020 issue are a selection of readers’ favorites, as well as some of our own from past issues. But first, we begin with an update to one of our most widely-read articles from Frank Coleman with his unique perspective on Facebook as they face another Moral Dilemma .