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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.

‘Socially Responsible Investing’

Tracks ethical, responsible, cleaner, greener mutual funds, pension funds, charitable endowments, labor unions and their pension funds, new “triple bottom line,” ESG auditing and asset valuation. Reforming asset-allocation and valuation models from “EMH” and “rational actor” to new behavioral science and ecological social assets. Covers legal aspects, corporate governance, social justice and indigenous rights, public financing of political campaigns, Supreme Court rulings, e.g. Citizens United re corporate lobbying. Includes new Indexes and Ratings.

Relates to: GTS, Transforming Finance, Reforming Global Finance, GreenTech, Energy Efficiency, Global Citizenship, Reports You Need, Beyond GDP, Power of Yin

Announcement: IIRC Secretariat – Pilot Programme & Communications

IIRC Secretariat - Pilot Programme & Communications The Pilot Programme is an opportunity for a select group of companies to demonstrate their leadership in Integrated Reporting through participation in a two-year programme, starting in October. Integrated Reporting makes clear the linkages between an organization’s strategy, [...]

Guardian report on UN Investors conf on Climate Change

Guardian report on UN Investors conf on Climate Change

UN urges business leaders to double investment in green energy by 2020 Rapid transition from fossil fuels to wind and solar is needed to ensure the success of the Paris climate agreement, says secretary general, Ban Ki-moon Ban Ki-moon said it was time for investors and fund managers to move from [...]

The sun is shining in NYC as Ban Ki Moon talks at UN Investor Summit on Climate Change. Did you know China that has announced $15bn of green bonds in one go

The sun is shining in NYC as Ban Ki Moon talks at UN Investor Summit on Climate Change. Did you know China that has announced $15bn of green bonds in one go

The sun is shining in NYC as Ban Ki Moon talks at UN Investor Summit on Climate Change. Did you know China that has announced $15bn of green bonds in one go. "Ethical Markets agrees that 2016 will see this huge shift away from the obsolete dirty energy sectors towards the growing markets in efficiency, electrified transport, green infrastructure, [...]

Vigeo Eiris becomes Climate Bonds Verifier

Vigeo Eiris becomes Climate Bonds Verifier

Vigeo Eiris becomes Climate Bonds Verifier The Climate Bonds Standards Board has confirmed that Vigeo Eiris, a leading international CSR & ESG assessment firm, has become an approved Climate Bonds Standards Verifier. Vigeo Eiris’s primary role as a verifier will be to undertake independent assessment of eligible assets and [...]

Welcome New ASBC Members and Member Spotlight!

Welcome New ASBC Members and Member Spotlight!

With this email, we’re launching a new monthly newsletter featuring the great work that ASBC members and friends are doing to help advance the cause of a sustainable economy. In the spirit of “doing good while doing well” many ASBC members are engaging in policy while at the same time bringing media attention to their businesses, which [...]

Cornerstone JSFB – January Edition, “Order & Chaos”

Cornerstone JSFB – January Edition, “Order & Chaos”

Complexity and volatility seem to be the defining characteristics for global markets as we experience an extraordinarily challenging start to 2016.  In this season of extremes, we digest China macro concerns,  the trajectory for commodity prices, and an evolving geopolitical and economic landscape.  All the while, we try to assess how the [...]

EMM partners with conference on mitigating risk for alternative investments

EMM partners with conference on mitigating risk for alternative investments

Special Advisor Thought leaders from the institutional investor community and the alternative investment industry will share perspectives on best practices for Due Diligence and improving ways to mitigate manager risk. Complimentary for Institutional Investors Connect with Thought Leaders Including: Benjamin [...]

Want to Address Climate Change? We Need New Economic Models!

Want to Address Climate Change? We Need New Economic Models! Robert Pollin, author of Greening the Global Economy and Joseph Romm of the Center for American Progress, author of Climate Change: What Everyone Needs to Know, are both influential in the USA but little known to global audiences.  Both argue that climate change generated by the [...]

Want to weigh your state’s Clean Power Plan compliance options? Check out our new SUPR 2 calculator

Want to weigh your state’s Clean Power Plan compliance options? Check out our new SUPR 2 calculator

Want to weigh your state's Clean Power Plan compliance options? Check out our new SUPR 2 calculator by Cassandra Kubes, Research Analyst, Environmental Policy In October 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published its Clean Power Plan (CPP) final rule, regulating greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants. Now that [...]

Now Available for Download: 3rd Annual Grid Modernization Index

Now Available for Download: 3rd Annual Grid Modernization Index

NEW REPORT AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD: 3RD ANNUAL GRID MODERNIZATION INDEX (GMI)Published by the GridWise Alliance in collaboration with Clean Edge, the GMI ranks and assesses the 50 states and District of Columbia, based upon the degree to which they have moved toward a modernized electric “Grid of the Future.”  The 3rd Annual Grid [...]

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