Education / Interviews/speeches
New Revenues Will Pay for Sanders' Economic Plan, Economist Says (02/11)
Gerald Friedman, staff economist for the Center for Popular Economics, analyzes the Sanders economic platform and concludes that new revenue streams make the ambitious plan feasible.
EarthFolio Launches First Robo-Advisor for Sustainable Investors (10/30)
SocialFunds.com talks with Art Tabuenca, founder of Blue Marble Investments and EarthFolio, about the development of the first online investment platform specifically dedicated to sustainable investing.
Oil Industry Payments to Governments Still Lack Transparency (07/23)
Five years after passage of Dodd-Frank, a report by Oxfam America finds that payments by the US industry to developing nations lack the transparency to ensure that governments are using them for the benefit of citizens.
Rewriting the Rules of the American Economy (05/21)
Nobel Economist Joseph Stiglitz and Senator Elizabeth Warren speak at the Roosevelt Institute about the pressing need to rewrite the rules governing the economy in order to lessen inequality. Second of a two-part series.
At Yale, John Fullerton Presents on Regenerative Capitalism (05/15)
Speaking to the generation that will have to reverse the course of multiple crises, the founder of the Capital Institute envisions a holistic organization of social systems to replace the current reductionist and competitive approach. Third of a three-part series.
Engage or Divest? (01/10)
Investors know what has to be done to prevent the worst effects of climate change, but many continue to debate whether moving their assets from fossil fuel companies might affect their returns in the short term. Second of a two-part series.
$24 Trillion Calls for Climate Policy (09/20)
In advance of next week's climate summit at the United Nations, a group of institutional investment organizations representing 348 investors and $24 trillion under management call for climate policies that encourage clean energy investment. First in a two-part series.
Unitarians Craft Divestment Policy that Provides for Continued Engagement (07/14)
SocialFunds.com talks with Simon Billenness of the Unitarian Universalist Association about the year-long process to develop a policy of divestment from fossil fuel companies while retaining shareowner engagement.
Third National Climate Assessment Published (05/06)
In its new report, the US Global Change Research Program asserts that the effects of climate change have already become a present day concern, and announces the launch of a website to help Americans receive reliable scientific information.
Is 2014 the Year for Green Bonds? (02/25)
As You Sow hosts a webinar exploring the role of green bonds in the transition to a low-carbon economy.
Kerry Denounces Complacency on Climate Change Action (02/18)
In a speech in Indonesia, the Secretary of State describes that country as one of the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change, and calls for a global commitment to reducing greenhouse gases.
Institutional Investors Meet to Discuss Climate Finance (01/17)
At a conference hosted by Ceres at the United Nations, 550 institutional investors hear climate scientist Rosina Bierbaum describe the effects of climate change that are already underway. First of a three-part series.
Volcker Rule Is Finalized (12/14)
After delays that gave rise to fears of gaming by banking industry lobbyists and led to a lawsuit by Occupy SEC, federal regulators finally issue final rules implementing the Volcker Rule.
Shareowners Opt for Engagement to Press Chevron on Corporate Governance (11/19)
Shareowner advocate Simon Billenness updates SocialFunds.com on judgment against Chevron in Ecuador, and explains why engagement with fossil fuel companies is more effective than divestment.
As Burma Sanctions Ease, Human Rights Advocates Urge Caution (09/28)
Shareowner advocate Simon Billenness is preparing a draft of guidelines for corporations seeking to do business in Burma, and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Daw Aung San Suu Kyi urges corporate transparency to ensure that human rights are honored.
Is Corporate Reporting Sufficient to Meet Sustainability Goals? (09/08)
Mark McElroy of the Center for Sustainable Organizations argues that the absence of context for corporate sustainability measurements increases the likelihood that meaningful goals will not be met.
Rebranded, the SRI Conference Heads East (09/03)
SocialFunds.com talks with Steve Schueth of First Affirmative Financial Network about the history of the conference and the decision to locate it at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut this year. First of a two-part series.
Emerging Markets ESG Updates Database of Contacts (08/18)
SocialFunds.com talks with Geoffrey Mazullo, whose twenty years of involvement with environmental, social, and corporate governance issues in emerging markets have provided him with a wealth of data and contacts compiled in a unique resource.
ICCR and the Business Case for Sustainability (07/14)
For the first time, members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility engage in corporate dialogues more often than submit shareowner resolutions, reflecting the growing awareness of the business case for corporate sustainability measures. Second of a two-part series.
Shared Interest to Reach More Low-Income South Africans (04/19)
The investment fund's Campaign for the Next Generation seeks to provide opportunities for an additional 500,000 low-income South Africans, while reforming the practice of mainstream banking.
Occupy Movement Focuses on Volcker Rule (03/14)
Financial professionals form the Occupy the SEC movement and submit a 325-page comment letter to the SEC, calling for effective regulation of proprietary trading by banks.
Zevin Asset Management Grows into a Corporate Engagement Powerhouse (02/28)
The Boston-based investment manager, with $335 million in assets under management, has co-filed 14 shareowner resolutions for the 2012 proxy season.
Resolutions or Engagement? Ceres Prepares for Proxy Season by Using Proxy Ballot to Encourage Change (02/21)
SocialFunds.com talks with Rob Berridge of Ceres about the organization's past success and its plans for driving change in the stewardship of the environment through shareowner resolutions.
ICCR Focuses on Dialogues More than Resolutions in Corporate Engagement (02/14)
SocialFunds.com talks with Laura Berry about the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility's shift in emphasis from filing shareowner resolutions to corporate engagement through dialogues.
Interview: Cary Krosinsky, Editor of Evolutions in Sustainable Investment (02/03)
SocialFunds.com talks with Krosinsky about the challenges to as well as the inevitability of a mainstream uptake of sustainable investing strategies.
Investors Team with Law Enforcement Professionals to Combat Sex Trafficking at Super Bowl (01/31)
Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility members warn that child sex trafficking increases during large sporting events, and engage with Indianapolis hotels to raise awareness of the risk at this year's Super Bowl.
Investors Vow to Address Climate Change even as Congress Fails to Act (01/16)
At the Investor Summit on Climate Risk & Energy Solutions, hosted by Ceres, institutional investors note progress in managing climate change in their portfolios, but warn that further action must be taken now.
Climate Change and COP17 from an African Perspective (01/03)
SocialFunds.com talks with Graham Sinclair, President of AfricaSIF, about his impressions of the recently concluded climate change conference held in South Africa.
Shareowners Press Chevron to Acknowledge Environmental Liabilities in Ecuador (12/27)
Even as Chevron's liability for a November oil spill in Brazil reaches billions of dollars, the company still refuses to disclose to shareowners the risks associated with an $18 billion court judgment against it in Ecuador. Second of a two-part series.
Shareowner Activists Pressure Chevron for Transparency Over Payments to Burmese Regime (12/23)
Amid news of a possible normalization of relations between the US and Burma, sustainable investors and other activists argue that most of Chevron's payments line the pockets of the military. First of a two-part series.
Schapiro Remarks Suggest Regulation of Proxy Advisors (12/20)
The SEC Chairman cites corporate concerns over quality of information used for recommendations, and potential conflicts of interest, as reasons for regulation of proxy advisory firms.
Investors Provide Guidance for Companies Engaged in Hydraulic Fracturing (12/15)
SocialFunds.com talks with Richard Liroff of the Investor Environmental Health Network about a collaborative effort with the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility to minimize risks associated with fracking through key performance indicators and best practices.
Investors Call on SEC to Regulate Corporate Political Spending (11/03)
SocialFunds.com talks with Adam Kanzer of Domini Social Investments about the investor effort to persuade the Securities and Exchange Commission to consider regulation of corporate political spending. Second of a two-part series.
SRI in the Rockies: Moskowitz Prize Winner Presents Paper (10/11)
Co-author Sadok El Ghoul explains how corporate social responsibility lowers cost of equity.
AfricaSIF Co-Founder Describes Challenges to Sustainable Investment in Africa (08/24)
Graham Sinclair talks with SocialFunds.com about a recent report he authored on sustainable investment in sub-Saharan Africa, and the challenges to mainstreaming the practice on the continent.
Don't Believe in Climate Change? Then Adapt for Competitive Reasons. (06/24)
SocialFunds.com talks with Hunter Lovins, author of Climate Capitalism and President of Natural Capitalism Solutions, about the business opportunities presented by adaptation to climate change.
Sunshine is the Best Disinfectant: Shareholder Activists Promote Corporate Transparency (07/23)
SocialFunds writer Bill Baue speaks with Sanford Lewis of the Investor Environmental Health Network on his shareholder activism promoting corporate disclosure
Bob Monks: ExxonMobil Exemplifies Corpocracy (06/30)
SocialFunds writers Bill Baue and Francesca Rheannon interview corporate governance advocate Bob Monks about his shareholder activism at ExxonMobil and his new book, Corpocracy.
Shelley Alpern on How Tar Sands Perpetuate Petro-Addiction (06/26)
SocialFunds writer Bill Baue speaks with Shelley Alpern of Trillium Asset Management about its shareholder activism on oil company exploitation of tar sands.
Michael Conroy on Activist Campaigns and the Certification Revolution (06/02)
SocialFunds writer Bill Baue speaks with Michael Conroy about his new book, Branded! How the “Certification Revolution” is Transforming Global Companies
Abolishing Child Labor on West African Cocoa Farms (04/24)
Mil Niepold of Verité on the International Cocoa Verification Board and Bama Athreya of the International Labor Rights Forum on the Commitment to Ethical Cocoa Sourcing.
ICCR Defines the Past, Present, and Future of Shareowner Activism (03/25)
Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility Executive Director Laura Berry speaks with SocialFunds.com about transformative changes in shareowner activism.
Business for Social Responsibility Fuses the Theoretical and Practical to Promote Sustainability (02/20)
SocialFunds.com speaks with Aron Cramer, CEO of Business for Social Responsibility, about past developments in corporate social responsibility and future trajectories of sustainability.
Swedish Government Facilitates Corporate Responsibility (12/15)
A SocialFunds.com interview with Elisabeth Dahlin, Ambassador, Head of Global Responsibility, Sweden.
Pax World Drops Zero Tolerance Screens on Alcohol and Gambling (10/26)
SocialFunds.com speaks with Pax World CEO Joe Keefe about changes approved today, including the addition of governance, climate change, and human rights screens.
Global Compact Aligns with GRI and the Practical Side of the Change Agenda (10/12)
In part two of this two-part interview, SocialFunds.com speaks with Georg Kell about new alliances facilitating Communication on Progress reporting as well as broader issues facing the Global Compact.
Global Compact Puts 335 Companies in Deep Freezer Until They Communicate on Progress (10/11)
In part one of this two-part interview, SocialFunds.com speaks with Georg Kell about the de-listing of 335 companies from the Global Compact for failing to issue Communication on Progress reports.
Thirty Years and Counting: Cofounder Wayne Silby Recounts the Birth of Calvert (03/18)
To celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of Calvert, SocialFunds.com speaks with co-founder Wayne Silby about its genesis, development, and future.
Business Roundtable May Be Seeing the Light with New Initiative (10/11)
The SEE Change program hints at a tipping point for US business community engagement of social, environmental, and economic issues, but the program's success may depend on how critics view its performance.
Globalizing Corporate Citizenship: An Interview with Center for Corporate Citizenship Executive Director Bradley Googins (04/06)
At the recent CCC annual conference in Boston, SocialFunds sat down with Dr. Googins to survey the roadmap for increasing the uptake of corporate citizenship.
A Mainstream Investment Strategist Comes Home to Socially Responsible Investment (03/11)
Adam Seitchik views his move from Deutsche Asset Management, where his team managed $60 billion in assets, to Trillium Asset Management, which manages around $1 billion, as upward mobility.
Divesting from Genocide: More Conversation with Eric Reeves of the Divest Sudan Campaign (12/14)
In part two of this two-part interview, Mr. Reeves discusses the significance of actions by the investment and legislative communities to address the humanitarian crisis in Sudan.
Divesting From Genocide: A Conversation with Eric Reeves of the Divest Sudan Campaign (12/10)
In part one of this two-part interview, Mr. Reeves explains why shareowner action and direct dialogue with companies operating in Sudan is not an option in the context of genocide.
Integrating Sustainability at Xerox: A Talk with VP for Environment, Health, and Safety Jack Azar (11/11)
In part two of this two-part interview, Mr. Azar discusses how Xerox integrates sustainability into its policies and practices.
Zero Waste and Industrial Ecology: A Talk with Xerox VP for Environment, Health, and Safety Jack Azar (11/10)
In part one of this two-part interview, Mr. Azar discusses the history of waste-free policies and practices at Xerox.
Stakeholder Engagement, Verification, and Transparency in ISO Social Responsibility Standards: An Interview with ISO Secretary-General (08/03)
International Organization for Standardization Secretary-General Alan Bryden discusses these issues and more in the final installment of this three-part interview article.
ISO and Social Responsibility--A Closer Fit Than You Might Think: An Interview with ISO Secretary-General (07/30)
International Organization for Standardization Secretary-General Alan Bryden discusses divergences and convergences of ISO technical standards with social responsibility guidelines (part two of a three-part article).
Answering the Market Call for Social Responsibility Standards: An Interview with ISO Secretary-General (07/29)
International Organization for Standardization Secretary-General Alan Bryden discusses the history and implications of ISO's new social responsibility standards (part one of a three-part article).
Governance Overhaul: An Interview with Tyco Corporate Governance VP Eric Pillmore (06/09)
Mr. Pillmore speaks candidly with SocialFunds.com about rebuilding reputation and trust, engaging stakeholders, and increasing transparency.
Wisconsin Energy Reaps External and Internal Benefits from Social and Environmental Reporting (03/31)
Wisconsin Energy won accolades for its Global Reporting Initiative-based report, which also raised internal awareness of social and environmental performance.
Piper Jaffray Consulting Division Marries Best Asset Managers with Customized Social Screening (03/02)
Socially responsible investment consultant can apply social screens to best asset managers, even if they do not usually practice SRI.
The Evolution of Business for Social Responsibility: A Talk with BSR CEO Robert Dunn (12/30)
In a SocialFunds interview, Business for Social Responsibility CEO Robert Dunn discusses how BSR has evolved while CSR has matured over the past decade.
Is Molina Healthcare a Socially Responsible Investment? Don't Ask The Company (10/15)
The president and chairman of Molina Healthcare leaves it up to investors to decide for themselves if the company is a socially responsible investment.
Institutional Investor Practices SRI Through Shareowner Action (08/14)
The Nathan Cummings Foundation prioritizes shareowner action by actively voting its proxies, filing shareowner resolutions, and dialoguing with companies on social issues.
The Needmor Fund Utilizes a Muscular Definition of Fiduciary Responsibility (08/05)
Susan Stranahan, treasurer of the Needmor Fund, discusses socially responsible investing as a fiduciary duty and tier A money managers who have a social mission.
Foundation Begins to Reconcile Investments with Programs (07/22)
The Fetzer Institute uses screens and community investment to align a small portion of its assets with its social and environmental goals.
First Steps for the U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development (07/15)
Carlos Guimaraes, chair of the U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development, speaks about the new organization's strong membership, partnerships, and projects.
Pension Funds, Fiduciary Duty, and SRI (09/05)
An interview with Meredith Miller from the Connecticut State Treasurer's Office gives some insight into why the State of Connecticut is increasingly embracing SRI.
Social Investors Rise to New Challenges at National Conference (05/12)
At a meeting held in New York this week, socially responsible investment professionals reveled in a decade of outstanding growth, but did not rest on their laurels.
Nike CEO Retracts University Donation over Human Rights (05/03)
Founder Philip Knight canceled a $30 million gift to University of Oregon after the school took a stand on international labor and human rights.
Annual Conference Offers Inspiration for Social Investors (04/24)
The fourth annual "Making a Profit While Making a Difference" conference provides a wealth of information for both high-net-worth individual and institutional investors.
Tomorrow's Business Leaders Strive for Corporate Responsibility (04/20)
A commencement speech by Citizens Funds' Joseph Keefe prepares the next generation of managers for the new landscape of socially responsible business.
Washington Protests Deliver Message to World Bank, IMF (04/17)
Although they did not shut down international finance meetings, peaceful demonstrations yesterday remained a reminder of the social costs of unfettered globalization.
Winslow Management Has a Green Thumb for Investments (02/23)
An interview with Winslow president Jack Robinson reveals how his unique blend of financial and gardening background has resulted in a successful investment style.
Walden Reflects on Going Global (02/14)
Six months after launching the first socially responsible international index fund, Portfolio Manager Geeta Aiyer does not take the role of pioneer woman lightly.
SEC Commissioner Speaks Out on Mutual Fund Proxy Voting (01/28)
Commissioner Paul Carey brings the shareholder voting priorities of mutual fund investment advisers to light.