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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

Calvert Foundation names new CEO

Dear Friend, When we started Calvert Foundation 15 years ago, we introduced a new type of investing that allowed people to use investment dollars to help low-income families lift themselves out of poverty. As we look to the next chapter in Calvert Foundation's history, we are proud to announce the appointment of Calvert Foundation's new [...]

Truestone Impact to launch ethical fund

by Nicholas Paler on Jan 06, 2011 at 08:00 Ethical fund management firm Truestone Impact Investment Managememt has launched a fund focused on investing in social and environmental projects. Click here to read more.

Community Investing Conference in Ft. Lauderdale 2/8/11

Community Investing Conference Series – Fort Lauderdale, Florida ***Early bird registration discount ends at 5:30pm EST on Friday, January 7, 2011*** When: Tuesday, February 8, 2011, 7:00am – 4:30pm Where: Hilton Fort Lauderdale Airport Hotel, Fort Lauderdale, Florida Register now: [...]

Wall Street Wake Up-Call?

January 2011 Happy New Year! We are so excited to kick off another great year here at RSF. We wrapped up 2010 with some great reflections on investment and our current financial system. Don Shaffer contemplates a "Wall Street Wake-Up Call" and we look at some interesting events bringing together the impact investment community. Also check out [...]

SNS Asset Management among first houses to launch dedicated impact investing unit

RI News Alert: › SNS Asset Management among first houses to launch dedicated impact investing unit › What the Indian interest scandal allegations will mean for microfinance Click here to read the newsletter.

Back into the black for SRI and green themed fund sales

RI News Alert: › Back into the black for SRI and green themed fund sales › Call for regulatory guidance on Stewardship Code for UK funds Click here to read the newsletter.

Walden Asset Management eValues, December 2010: ESG Integration: A Broader View

A report commissioned by the U.N.-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) and the U.N. Environmental Programme Finance Initiative found that global environmental damage caused by human activity totaled $6.6 trillion, equivalent to 11 percent of global GDP in 2008... Click here for full article Of Deficits and Debt While the [...]

Calvert Social Index Actions

Calvert Social Index Actions BETHESDA, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Calvert’s Sustainability Research Department has submitted the following recommendations regarding action within the Calvert Social Index®. If approved, the following recommendations will be effective when the Calvert Social Index Committee convenes its quarterly meeting in March [...]

PGGM steps up backing of offshore wind infrastructure with direct stake in UK farm

RI News Flash: › PGGM steps up backing of offshore wind infrastructure with direct stake in UK farm Click here to read the newsletter.

EIRIS research points to biodiversity risk for investors

RI News Alert: › EIRIS research points to biodiversity risk for investors › Dutch MP calls for annual ‘name-and-shame’ after TV doc reveals controversial charity investments Click here to read the newsletter.

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