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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

CSR Asia Weekly: Khurshid’s CSR: India debates 2% levy on business

Khurshid’s CSR: India debates 2% levy on business by Stephen Frost Companies and the Government in India appear to be squaring off over CSR provisions in a bill before parliament that could see business paying a two per cent levy to be spent on socially and environmentally responsible practices. At the heart of the debate is Salman [...]

To quota or not to quota — The results of the Norwegian Experience

I want to dedicate a special newsletter to Norway’s first outcome of the 40% quotas law. A few days ago I had the chance to take part in The international Board Impact Conference in Oslo. This conference brought together board members, executives, investors and researchers to discuss and learn from the experiences of Norwegian corporate boards [...]

Green Investing Conference the New Site of the Global EthicMark® Award

Press Release SRI in the Rockies to host EthicMark® Award Presentation Colorado Springs – November 4, 2010 — SRI in the Rockies, the largest and longest-running conference for the sustainable and responsible investment (SRI) and green investing industry, has announced that the EthicMark® Award will be presented at its 22nd annual [...]

An update from the Wealth & Giving Forum

October 31, 2010 Why Public Pledging is Problematic: Unfulfilled Promises, Disputes and Law Suits Hope and Alarm: Resurrecting our Discourse on WATER Estate Matters: Monetizing a Highly Appreciated Asset to Achieve Charitable Giving Objectives Wall Street Without Walls & W&GF: “Impact Investing" Seminar set for December 8 in [...]

Will the “Thundering Herd” Thunder Out the Door?

Hat tip to Barry Ritholtz November 9th, 2010, 9:00AM Back in October, a friend at Merrill told me about an arbitration award that could rock Bank of America. It was circulating via email from desk to desk, and was causing some consternation amongst the troops. It seemed that two former Merrill Lynch brokers had bolted for Morgan [...]

Good News from Social Accountability International

SAI is proud to recognize Tata Steel's three-time achievement of SA8000 certification, which was awarded at a presentation ceremony in Jamshedpur, India on August 27. The certificate was presented by SAAS-Accredited certification body, Det Norske Veritas (DNV) to Tata Steel for its ongoing compliance with SA8000. The company has achieved three [...]

Bottom Line Financial Risks from Biodiversity Loss

How Financial Institutions are Seeing the Threats and Moving Towards Managing Them Nagoya, 27 October 2010 - From banks to insurance companies, some key financial institutions are beginning to recognize rising risks to investments from biodiversity and ecosystems loss. Over the past 12 months, the likelihood that declines in biodiversity [...]

SustainAbility Update: Road to Credibility 2010, Biodiversity and more

ROAD TO CREDIBILITY 2010 Two years on from our 2008 survey of corporate sustainability reporting in Brazil, SustainAbility has partnered again with FBDS to publish the sequel:Road to Credibility 2010. Historically many of the world's economies have grown rich from the relentless exploitation of their natural assets. Yet even in the wake of [...]

Why Public Pledging is Problematic: Unfulfilled Promises, Disputes and Law Suits

An update from the Wealth & Giving Forum Why Public Pledging is Problematic: Unfulfilled Promises, Disputes and Law Suits Hope and Alarm: Resurrecting our Discourse on WATER Estate Matt ers: Monetizing a Highly Appreciated Asset to Achieve Charitable Giving Objectives Wall Street Without Walls & W&GF: “Impact Investing" Seminar [...]

Green and Ethical Themed Funds Recover || RI Briefing: FRR, Northwest & Ethical, LD Pension, Oikocredit

Green and Ethical Themed Funds Recover || RI Briefing: FRR, Northwest & Ethical, LD Pension, Oikocredit

November 8th, 2010 RI News Alert: › Green and ethical themed funds recover after poor year of inflows › RI Briefing, November 8: FRR, Northwest & Ethical, LD Pension, Oikocredit Do you want to quickly flag up a forthcoming event or publication to thousands of readers of Responsible-Investor.com … for free? If yes, you need the RI [...]

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