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Business for Democracy and ASBC Lead Effort to Overturn Citizens United v. FEC

The Business for Democracy Campaign, which the American Sustainable Business Council is spearheading in partnership with Free Speech for People is tackling the compelling issue of corporate contributions to political campaigns.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. FEC decision on January 21, 2010 allows corporations to spend unlimited funds to support or oppose candidates for political office, overturning campaign finance laws in place for decades. The Business for Democracy campaign is an initiative of business leaders and their companies who believe this ruling is in direct conflict with American democratic principles and a serious threat to good government. The campaign supports the four members of the Supreme Court and the 80 percent of Americans who disagree with the decision (Washington Post poll, Feb. 17, 2010).

If you'd like your business to join this effort, you can sign the statement of support here or here.

Interview With Ji-won Shi, Head, Eco-Frontier Sustainable Finance Center, Seoul, South Korea

Each week Emerging Markets ESG publishes an interview entitled, “Five Questions about Socially Responsible Investment (SRI).”  The series is now in its second year.


Each interview “Five Questions about SRI” features a practitioner’s insights about SRI in emerging markets and through Emerging Markets ESG shares this expertise with a wide global audience.


The goals of “Five Questions about SRI” are fourfold:

  • To collect a catalogue of examples of SRI in practice in emerging markets;
  • To raise awareness about SRI in emerging markets;
  • To reflect on what SRI in emerging markets means to practitioners; and
  • To enable SRI practitioners in emerging markets to network with peers around the world.


This week’s interview is with Ji-won Shi, Head, Eco-Frontier Sustainable Finance Center, Seoul, South Korea.  The URL is is http://www.emergingmarketsesg.net/esg/2012/11/23/five-questions-about-sri-%e2%80%93-weekly-expert-interview-with-ji-won-shi-head-eco-frontier-sustainable-finance-center-seoul-south-korea-%e2%80%93-november-23-2012/


I am grateful to Ji-won Shin for this fantastic interview.  It is concise, critical and informative – inviting the reader to ponder.


Visitors to the Emerging Markets ESG internet portal will enjoy the opportunity to read Ji-won Shin’s insights about SRI and ESG issues in South Korea.


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