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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

Ontario leads on sustainable investment of pension funds

An article from CNW TORONTO, March 29 /CNW/ - In the wake of the global financial crisis, Ontario has taken a bold step to lead the way on sustainable investment of pension funds. In a first for North America, the province will require pension plans to report to regulators on the sustainability of their investments, helping to protect [...]

Humanitarian Competition from CASS Ethics Series

In the seventh edition of Cass Ethics, Lisa Cowan, European correspondent for Ethical Markets and Cass EMBA alumni, introduces the Humanitarian Competition framework. For the Cass Ethics Series, every other week, Edouard Larpin, BSc Business Studies, will ask an academic or a specialist practitioner their point of view on applying ethics to [...]

Five Questions about SRI – Weekly Expert Interview with Ann Logue

A publication from Emerging Markets ESG Five Questions about SRI – Weekly Expert Interview with Ann Logue, CFA, Author of “Emerging Markets for Dummies” and “SRI for Dummies,” Chicago, USA – March 25, 2011 By Geoffrey on March 25, 2011 Each week Emerging Markets ESG publishes an interview entitled, “Five Questions about [...]

Global Reporting Initiative Press Release: Sustainability Reporting: Most Complete Guidance Ever

For Immediate Release 23 March 2011 Sustainability reporting: most complete guidance ever The most comprehensive and complete sustainability reporting guidance is now available, as the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) launches its G3.1 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines today (23 March 2011). GRI is a network-based non-governmental [...]

As Water Scarcity Risks Grow, Investors Persuade Electric Utilities to Disclose Water Management Plans

BOSTON (March 21, 2011) – In response to shareholder requests, three leading electric utilities, Dominion, Southern and PPL, have agreed to significantly expand reporting and disclosure on water availability risks and plans for mitigating those risks. (more…)

Mercer ramps up responsible investment push with senior ESG hires

RI News Flash: › Mercer ramps up responsible investment push with senior ESG hires Click here to read the newsletter

American Sustainable Business Council: March 2011 Newsletter

American Sustainable Business Council:  March 2011 Newsletter

ASBC Newsletter: March 2011 Dear Friends, As businesspeople, we find the current situation in Wisconsin and around the country deeply troubling. The argument that budget deficits can or should be reduced by eliminating collective bargaining is misguided, unsustainable, and the wrong approach to solving deeper, more systemic economic issues. [...]

Calvert Social Index Quarterly Adjustments

BETHESDA, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Calvert Social Index Committee (“Index Committee”) met on March 10th to review and approve changes to the Calvert Social Index®. The Index Committee meets quarterly to review the component companies of the Index for corporate actions (e.g., spin-offs, mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcy) and for the [...]

Five Questions about SRI – Weekly Expert Interview with Tereza Kaneta

A publication of Emerging Markets ESG Five Questions about SRI – Weekly Expert Interview with Tereza Kaneta, President of MZ Consult Latin America, Brazil – March 18, 2011 By Geoffrey on March 18, 2011 Each week Emerging Markets ESG publishes an interview entitled, “Five Questions about SRI.” The interview features a [...]

CSR Asia Weekly: Earthquake in Japan

NOTICE Translation Support in Japan It is deeply saddened that the catastrophic earthquake in Japan and the following devastating tsunami happened last week brought much disastrous situation to Japan. CSR Asia is now providing translation support to those in need regarding the disaster. Languages: English, Chinese, Malay, [...]

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