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Friday February 12th 2016

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'Ethical Markets Review'

Ethical Markets Review publishes original, cutting-edge pieces from colleagues around the world focused on reforming markets and metrics while growing the green economy worldwide.

TCR: Leading-Edge Corporate and Financial Sector Sustainability Strategies

TCR: Leading-Edge Corporate and Financial Sector Sustainability Strategies

By Frank Dixon, December 1, 2015 The system change-focused Total Corporate Responsibility (TCR®) methodology provides the most advanced form of corporate responsibility (CR) and socially responsible investing (SRI). TCR can be used to develop high-performing SRI funds that produce greater positive environmental and social impacts than any other type of SRI approach. This article discusses the TCR approach and benefits, the critical need for economic and political system change, and how TCR can be used by the corporate and financial sectors to drive beneficial system changes in broader society. Over the past 15 years, CR and SRI have gone mainstream. Nearly every major corporation has some type of sustainability strategy. And trillions of dollars are invested through various [...]

Court rules that there are no checks and balances

Court rules that there are no checks and balances

Financial Reform Newsletter March 20, 2015 Court rules that there are no checks and balances when the Executive Branch settles cases, even those that caused the worst financial crash since 1929 and caused the worst economy since the Great Depression of the 1930s, costing the US more than $12.8 trillion: Longtime readers know that Better Markets sued DOJ over its $13 billion settlement with JP Morgan Chase. Without transparency, oversight, accountability or any judicial review, that settlement was negotiated in secret and without any meaningful public discloser. For $13 billion, JP Morgan Chase got total civil immunity and got to keep secret the illegal conduct of its executives, officers, supervisors and [...]

The current financial system jams Brazil’s economic development

The current financial system jams Brazil’s economic development

This ground-breaking examination by our esteemed Advisory Board member, Dr. Ladislau Dowbor, of the financialization of Brazil' economy is chilling. Yet, it is so well documented that we at Ethical Markets Media hope to help stir further efforts to expose the practices of the global banks who charge such outrageous interest rates to Brazilian consumers and companies. Translated from Portuguese, www.dowbor.org .  Contact Dr. Dowbor at [email protected]  ~ Hazel Henderson, Editor-in-chief   The current financial system jams the country's economic development. Ladislau Dowbor 2 February 2015 "There was no way to escape this harsh reality: the economic system only functions on a regular basis when the return on capital reaches certain levels. This finding [...]

The Global West Reaches Economic Adulthood

The Global West Reaches Economic Adulthood

The Global West Reaches Economic Adulthood By Gijs Graafland, Planck Foundation, Amsterdam, NL The Global West matures. Not only in demographics. Also in economics. Growth is over. Decline is knocking on the door. This reality is far from acceptance. The current mood is still the narrative of the past: growth. But this narrative lacks an analysis of the main driver of economic ‘growth’ in the Global West the last 30 years: that was less rise of productivity (as everybody still thinks), but that was credit growth. Of course a rise in productivity had something to do with it. Of course there was a peace/détente dividend. Of course globalization contributed. But the main driver was credit. Credit is pulling consumption from the future to the past. Meaning credit is over [...]

Ethical Markets Review:Can democratic money with environmental values reduce market failures?

Ethical Markets Review:Can democratic money with environmental values reduce market failures?

Can democratic money with environmental values reduce market failures?  Shann Turnbull, [email protected] Principal: International Institute for Self-governance   The 2008 global financial crisis and current uncertainties about the Euro provide evidence that the financial system is neither self-correcting nor capable of being reliably regulated. The financial system has failed because modern money has become a belief system.  It is based on ideology not logic. Today money no longer represents any single commodity like gold, silver, grain, tea, or cattle. Nor does money represent any definable basket of commodities. Money has become disconnected from real things including the state of the environment. It exists only by the fiat of government. Why then do [...]

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