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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

Sustainability in Emerging Markets: Trends and Case Studies

Inrate is pleased to invite you to the Sustainability Breakfast in Zurich. The event will take place on Tuesday, December 7, and will take up the topic “Emerging Markets”. By the end of November, Eurosif, the European Sustainable Investment Forum, is going to publish a report on sustainable investments in Emerging Markets together with [...]

Video: I confront the Koch Brothers

Just got off the phone with Joel Francis - he's issued an incredible debate challenge to the Koch Brothers. Please read his note, watch his video, and help get his story out. - Whit -------- My name's Joel Francis. Last week I challenged oilman Charles Koch to debate Proposition 23, a ballot measure he's funding to wreck California's clean [...]

UK explores giving “binding vote” to shareholders on executive pay

RI News Flash: › UK explores giving “binding vote” to shareholders on executive pay Conference Announcement: Institutional Investors Question Time: How to get the most out of responsible investment reporting 10th November, London Click here to read the newsletter.

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 December 2010. (more…)

RI News Alert Theme of the Month: Financial transaction taxes: the common sense approach

RI News Alert: › Twelve UK asset owners sign up to new Stewardship Code Features: Theme of the Month: Financial transaction taxes: the common sense approach ESG Headlines from IPE.com: › Swiss roundup: Complementa MBO, Swiss BVK scandal Conference Announcement: G20 Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) International [...]

SJF Summit on the New Green Economy: Sustainability Entrepreneurs Gather to Share Insights

By Maria Olga Pinochet, MBA, Advisory Board Member, Ethical Markets; Founder and President, Kore Access, Inc. DURHAM, N.C. – Sept. 14, 2010. Hundreds of attendees gathered at the Durham Marriott Convention Center, the site that featured more than fifty sustainability business leader speakers over the course of two days. As a long-time [...]

Le projet Yasuni peine à convaincre

Initié par le gouvernement équatorien en 2007, ce projet inédit propose de ne pas exploiter les gisements de pétrole et de charbon de la région de Yasuni, en échange d'une compensation financière internationale. L'objectif est de valoriser les émissions de CO2 évitées, et donc la contribution du pays à la lutte contre le changement [...]

ASrIA Roundtables Taking the Pulse of Financial Markets Throughout Asia

ASrIA Roundtables Take the Pulse of Financial Markets Throughout Asia The next two months will see us - in partnership with the International Finance Corporation - hold a series of Sustainable Investment Roundtables. First off was a successful roundtable in Shanghai on July 1st. This will be followed by sessions in Bangkok (Oct. 19th) and [...]

RI Briefing, October 15: ACSI, US SIF, Toyota, UBS, Triodos, MSCI, Ceres, IFC, Novethic

RI News Alert: › RI Briefing, October 15: ACSI, US SIF, Toyota, UBS, Triodos, MSCI, Ceres, IFC, Novethic ESG Headlines from IPE.com: › ESG roundup: Women’s Empowerment Principles, Legal & General, UK Stewardship Code Click to read the newsletter...

RI Agenda: The Week Ahead

RI Agenda Alert: The RI Agenda is the one-stop downloadable calendar for responsible investment, ESG and sustainable finance, including AGMs, company reports, fund launches, legislation / regulation, mandates, publications, research, resolutions and more. › View all entries › Submit an item for publication Click here to read the [...]

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