Volunteerism & Philanthropy / Philanthropy
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.
Growth of Sustainable Investment in Europe Continues to Outpace the Overall Market (10/06)
In its fifth biennial survey of sustainable investment in Europe, Eurosif identifies norms-based screening as the fastest-growing strategy, and urges improved communications to encourage greater uptake of sustainable investment by retail investors.
New Exchange Traded Fund Will Support Sustainability Themes (04/21)
A portion of the assets of AdvisorShares Global Echo ETF will support the Global Echo Foundation, a charitable foundation co-founded by Philippe Cousteau.
Ethisphere Awards 145 Companies for Ethical Performance (03/20)
The annual World's Most Ethical Companies Rankings include 23 companies that have been honored in each of the six years of the award.
ImpactAssets Seeks to Administer $1 Billion in Impact Investing Assets (07/15)
Ten years after developing the Giving Fund for the Calvert Foundation, Tim Freundlich talks with SocialFunds.com about the nonprofit's efforts to catalyze investment for environmental, social, and financial impact.
Report Studies Impact Investing in Emerging Markets (06/07)
Responsible Research finds that while challenges to effective measurement of social and financial benefits persist, the opportunities for impact investors in emerging markets are likely to grow.
Charities Should Match Investments to Missions Says 83% of Public (08/13)
Survey finds the majority of the public expects charities to invest ethically.
Porter and Kramer Framework Melding CSR with Business Strategy Wins Harvard Award (04/10)
The Harvard Business Review grants the 2006 McKinsey Award to an article arguing companies create competitive advantage by integrating social and environmental issues into core strategy.
The Gates Foundation and Mission Related Investing: Room for Alignment? (02/13)
An investigative report into the investment practices of the Gates Foundation has reinvigorated the debate over the obligation of foundations to align their missions with their investments.
Pharma Companies Need to Keep Improving AIDS Response, Says ICCR and Nigerian Doctor (12/01)
Chukwumuanya Igboekwu of Physicians for Social Justice adds his own critiques to the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility study on pharmaceutical industry shortcomings in addressing AIDS.
ICCR Benchmarks Pharma Responses to AIDS and Diseases of Poverty in Emerging Markets (08/18)
The Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility report assesses 15 pharmaceutical companies, and finds all of them falling short of best practice in most areas on AIDS and neglected diseases.
Enterprise Social Fund First to Tap Corporate Community for Community Investing (04/12)
The fund partners Enterprise Community Partners, which will manage the portfolio, with Deutsche Bank, which will seek investment from socially responsible companies and individuals.
White House and Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility Address Pediatric AIDS (03/24)
Bush Administration launches a new public-private partnership on Pediatric AIDS, an area where ICCR engages pharmaceutical companies in shareowner advocacy.
First Steps: Corporate Engagement on HIV/AIDS Improves Since Last World AIDS Day (12/01)
Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS Best Practice AIDS Standard represents an important step forward, and companies such as Intel are responding to shareowner dialogue with ICCR.
Microfinance and Donor-Advised Fund Provide Tsunami Relief (05/27)
A Grameen Foundation USA report examines barriers and opportunities for using microfinance as tsunami relief, and the Calvert Foundation funnels donations to tsunami-ravaged Sri Lanka.
Pharma and Biotech Companies Just Starting to Pass the Transparency Litmus Test (04/27)
oekom research rates the social and environmental sustainability performance of 27 pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, and finds disclosure lacking across the board.
Community Investment Surpasses the $1 Billion Mark at The Rock (02/03)
The Prudential Financial Social Investment Program, one of the oldest community investment programs in the country, has distributed more than $1 billion before its 30th anniversary.
Book Review--The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid: Eradicating Poverty through Profits (11/18)
C. K. Prahalad seeks to solve global poverty by turning the bottom of the socioeconomic pyramid from victims of globalization into its beneficiaries through consumerism.
Can Corporate Social Responsibility Put the Brakes on HIV in Africa? (08/04)
A field report from Africa by Dan Rosan of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility.
Avon Shareowners Withdraw Two Resolutions Before Annual Meeting (05/05)
Avon agreed to hold annual board of director elections and to phase out phthalates from its products, prompting shareowners to withdraw their resolutions on these two issues.
Community Foundations and Community Investment: An Obvious But Underused Link (04/23)
The Vermont Community Foundation recently broke new ground by launching a first-of-its-kind community investment program with the support of the Calvert Foundation.
Report Urges Foundations to Vote Their Proxies (03/04)
Surprisingly few foundations regularly vote their proxies, according to a new report written by the As You Sow Foundation, an advocate of active proxy voting.
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 Leviticus Fund Helps Shelter the Homeless and Provide Care for Children (02/05)
In its third decade, the Leviticus 25:23 Alternative Fund lending program continues to grow and now offers a return for social investors.
Give Peace a Chance: Support Women in Business (10/16)
The Business Council for Peace helps women create sustainable businesses by providing the technology for them to train in computer and entrepreneurial skills.
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.
Community Investment Bond Helps House the Learning Disabled in the UK (09/09)
The UK arm of Triodos Bank issues a bond that supports Golden Lane Housing, a UK charity that provides housing to people with learning disabilities.
Ford's Latest CSR Report Increases Transparency by Using GRI Guidelines (08/12)
Ford's decision to base its 2002 Corporate Citizenship Report on Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines will help analysts get a fuller picture of the company's performance (part one of a two-part article).
Do UK Charities' Investments Reflect Their Mission Statements? (05/14)
A report released today reveals that the majority of large UK charities do not practice socially responsible investing.
Shareowners Press Avon to Walk the Walk (05/08)
Shareowners vote overwhelmingly for board independence at Avon while questions about potential carcinogens in its products linger.
Rebuilding Iraq: Humanitarianism Versus Opportunism (04/04)
Socially responsible investing supports companies and nonprofit initiatives that advance humanitarian efforts to rebuild Iraq and avoids investment in profiteering companies.
New UK Index Rates Corporate Social Responsibility Performance (03/13)
UK-based Business in the Community launches its Corporate Responsibility Index, which benchmarks corporate social responsibility performance.
World Economic Forum Surveys CEO Attitudes Toward Corporate Citizenship (02/06)
The World Economic Forum CEO survey finds much enthusiasm but less substance in the adaptation of corporate social responsibility into core business activities.
Green Banking (01/23)
Ten exemplary "green banking" enterprises were honored recently, highlighting the growth of environment-friendly community investing.
Community Investment Pays: More Conversation with F.B. Heron's Luther Ragin (12/30)
Luther Ragin details F.B. Heron Foundation's returns on its community investments and urges other foundations and institutional investors to consider community investing (part two of a two-part article).
Helping People Help Themselves: A Conversation with F.B. Heron's Luther Ragin (12/27)
Luther Ragin explains why and how the F.B. Heron Foundation commits a whopping 18 percent of its total assets toward community investment projects (part one of a two-part article).
Community Investing Pays (10/10)
New study refutes the myth that loans to low-income borrowers carry higher risk than loans to conventional borrowers.
Some Cracks in Freddie Mac's Otherwise Solid Social and Fiscal Reputation (08/15)
Freddie Mac's profile appears picture-perfect from a social and fiscal perspective, but recent disclosures have tainted this image somewhat.
Business Ethics' 100 Best Corporate Citizens Outperform S&P 500 (04/29)
An academic study concluded that Business Ethics' list of 100 Best Corporate Citizens generated better returns than the remaining companies on the S&P 500.
Idiosyncratic Firm Invests Old Money in A New Way (01/17)
Through investments in documentary films, Lowell, Blake & Associates earn a healthy profit for their clients and shows non-profits how to operate within a business model.
Americans Increasingly Interested in Corporate Citizenship (07/10)
Survey indicates that Americans are looking for good corporate citizens, but are having difficulty finding them.
Entrepreneurs Foundation Starts Up Community Service (05/10)
Innovative organization taps the resources of the entrepreneurial sector to strengthen communities.
Shopping for Responsibility (04/02)
Internet site is helping consumers base shopping decisions on values.
Book Review: Robin Hood Was Right (04/20)
Three leaders in giving for social change provide a primer for tomorrow's philanthropy, taking a hard look at the pitfalls of traditional charity giving.
IBM Tops List of 100 Best Corporate Citizens (04/18)
In a survey by Business Ethics magazine, some corporations shine in their commitment to diverse stakeholders.
Wealthy Activists Confront Economic Inequality (04/14)
At their national conference Responsible Wealth members examine what they can do as business leaders to promote a broader prosperity.
Funding Social Change Brings Charity Beyond Band-Aids (01/17)
The Funding Exchange puts social, political, and economic justice into the vocabulary of philanthropy.
Nonprofits Find Added Value in Venture Philanthropy (12/16)
Although it will not replace classical philanthropy, venture philanthropy brings grant-making to a new level of engagement.