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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, [...]

Linking energy efficiency to economic productivity: recommendations for improving the robustness of the U.S. economy

“We at Ethical Markets endorse this sensible new model for valuing Energy assets , similar to Hazel Henderson’s view in “Fossilized Asset Allocation Still Mispricing Energy and Risks “ CSRWire and www.ethicalmarkets.com “   The evidence continues to mount. Energy efficiency is not just a way to save big money for [...]

ZAM Investment Update – Greece: Dead End or Fresh Start?

ZAM Investment Update – Greece: Dead End or Fresh Start?

“ We at Ethical Markets are glad to forward Robert Zevin’s good sense commenting on the travails of the Greek people . Hazel Henderson, Editor “ Zevin [...]

WRI: China Makes New Climate Commitment

WRI: China Makes New Climate Commitment

          WRI DIGEST   China Makes New Climate [...]

Go Big or Go Home! Defining Beneficial Scale

Ethical Markets is proud  of our colleague Benjamin Bingham and happy to  post his thoughtful article .  Hazel Henderson, Editor At Sustainatopia 2015 in Los Angeles, an underlying question was how are we going to scale good stuff? In the past, the word "scale" did not automatically bring growth to mind. Mostly a noun referring to an [...]

IOSCO: Meeting the Challenges of a New Financial World

IOSCO: Meeting the Challenges of a New Financial World

We at Ethical Markets congratulate IOSCO and its leadership in addressing these key issues in the rapidly evolving structure of markets . We hope IOSCO notes our efforts to address high-frequency trading  and needed new rules for electronic platforms , unlit dark pools  in our paper “ Reforming Electronic Markets and Trading “ to   be [...]

Financing the Green Climate Fund

We at Ethical Markets fully endorse this sensible proposal for accelerating the shift to renewable , sustainable , green investments in infrastructure and providing electricity to poor and rural communities in developing countries . It is well known that central banks’ power to create new money , i.e.” quantitative easing “ has been used [...]

Florida Trend: BCR Environmental

Florida Trend: BCR Environmental

  Thursday, June 25, 2015   Northeast Florida Business Profile BCR Environmental BCR Environmental, based in Jacksonville, has developed two new technologies to convert human waste to recycled usable materials suitable for land [...]

GREENBUZZ: Can we (should we) put a price tag on nature?

GREENBUZZ: Can we (should we) put a price tag on nature?

Valuing nature at least assures that markets and investors don’t value nature at zero, as in traditional economics. We at Ethical Markets advise that natural assets should always be valued at replacement value , as in our Principles of Ethical Biomimicry Finance ®. Hazel Henderson, [...]

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