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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

New World Bank Report on Global Economic Prospects

INTERNATIONAL TRQDE UNION CONFEDERATION ITUC Online Brussels/Washington 13 January 2011 (ITUC OnLine): The international trade union movement has criticised today's World Bank report on Global Economic Prospects [...]

The Great Food Crisis of 2011

By Lester R. Brown www.earth-policy.org/plan_b_updates/2011/update90 As the new year begins, the price of wheat is setting an all-time high in the United Kingdom. Food riots are spreading across Algeria. Russia is importing grain to sustain its cattle herds until spring grazing begins. India is wrestling with an 18-percent annual food [...]

IDB Issues Poverty Reduction Bonds

Supporting better living conditions for new generations in Latin America and the Caribbean The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) (rated Moody’s: Aaa / S&P: AAA) and Daiwa Securities Group announce an issuance of the Poverty Reduction Bonds (the “Bonds”) to support poverty alleviation and improve living conditions of new [...]

Stakeholder Engagement in Practice: Global Challenges, Possibilities and Limitations

Overview In partnership with Euromed Management, the Bentley Center for Business Ethics and Bentley Alliance for Ethics and Social Responsibility proudly present this year's Bentley Global Business Ethics Symposium, sponsored by the State Street Foundation. The seventh in a multi-year partnership, the event brings together international [...]

OECD calls on Japan’s giant Government pension fund to integrate ESG

RI News Alert: › OECD calls on Japan’s giant Government pension fund to integrate ESG › India’s new Responsible Investment Research Association gets OK Click here to read the newsletter

How to Embed CSR in 2011

How to embed CSR in your company, this year: 1) A free pdf of selected findings from Ethical Corp's report on how to embed CSR in the company: downloadable here: http://www.ethicalcorp.com/rbs/embedding-csr-report-findings.asp 2) Our 10th Annual Responsible Business Summit (the one and only!) on 3-4th May 2011, in London.

Microfinance Investment Trends in 2011 – Views from Rockefeller

"With over one billion people around the world living in extreme poverty, donors and social investors will continue to experiment with microfinance tools and approaches, because they have the potential to transform lives." Dear Hazel, The above statement was taken from a recent interview conducted by Finance IQ with Chris Page, [...]

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: [...]

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