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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

Crowdfund: Report Released in Conjunction with the Minister of Economy and Multilateral Investment Fund

Crowdfund: Report Released in Conjunction with the Minister of Economy and Multilateral Investment Fund

Jason Best (CCA), Luis Felipe Céspedes (Minister of Economy) Sherwood Neiss (CCA) and Koldo Echevarria (IDB) Creating a Crowdfunding Ecosystem in Chile  Report Released in Conjunction with the Minister of Economy and Multilateral Investment Fund Many countries are exploring the role that crowdfunding can [...]

Highlights: UNEP Inquiry and AXA Global Symposium “New Rules for New Horizons: Reshaping Finance for Sustainability”

Highlights: UNEP Inquiry and AXA Global Symposium “New Rules for New Horizons: Reshaping Finance for Sustainability”

Reshaping Finance for Sustainability - 3 July 2015   As such, finance is critical to sustainable development. But it cannot deliver real wealth without being responsive to the fundamental value of social, physical and environmental capital. As Henri de Castries argued in his opening remarks, “finance is like our blood, it [...]

Group attempts to undercut solar initiative with rival amendment

TALLAHASSEE The latest flare-up in Florida’s solar wars emerged Wednesday?when a group sided with Florida’s utility industry and announced it is gathering petitions for a rival constitutional amendment that would give consumers a right to do what they already can — put rooftop solar on their homes and be regulated by [...]

ADDIS: IMPORTANT FINANCING ROLES OF PRIVATE INVESTMENT, BUSINESS HIGHLIGHTED AT UN CONFERENCE

ADDIS: IMPORTANT FINANCING ROLES OF PRIVATE INVESTMENT, BUSINESS HIGHLIGHTED AT UN CONFERENCE

  New York Jul 14 2015 2:00PM     UN News Centre with breaking news from the UN News Service  Shop owners in the old city of Cairo prepare for another day of business. June 2015 Photo © Dominic Chavez/World Bank   ADDIS: [...]

Enhanced Retail Execution Statistics Are Out – KOR GROUP

Enhanced Retail Execution Statistics Are Out – KOR GROUP

KOR Group Market Structure Insights Free Preview View this email in your browser   Enhanced Retail Executions Statistics Are Out On June 16, the Financial Information Forum (“FIF”) [...]

  Click to view the full sized image Rex Tillerson is at it again. Despite just leading Exxon Mobil through three years of declining revenues, he quipped that when it comes to investing in renewable energy "We choose not to lose money on purpose." Most troubling was the applause from the crowd, which - even with [...]

STRONG PARTNERSHIPS NEEDED TO TURN BILLIONS INTO TRILLIONS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

STRONG PARTNERSHIPS NEEDED TO TURN BILLIONS INTO TRILLIONS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

   Web version   New York Jul 13 2015 1:00PM     UN News Centre with breaking news from the UN News Service  A child watches during a June 2015 event by the world bank and Sesame Street Workshop on the role of [...]

[Blog] Deep-dive into recent green ABS: Toyota funds EVs & hybrids / WHEEL ABS from Citi & RenewFinancial for home energy efficiency loans / solar ABS from Sunrun

[Blog] Deep-dive into recent green ABS: Toyota funds EVs & hybrids / WHEEL ABS from Citi & RenewFinancial for home energy efficiency loans / solar ABS from Sunrun

  Deep-dive into recent green ABS: Toyota funds EVs & hybrids / WHEEL ABS from Citi & RenewFinancial for home energy efficiency loans / solar ABS from Sunrun Last month Toyota closed their second green bond for a whopping $1.25bn. Standard auto loans backed the issuance with proceeds to be used for electric and [...]

Database of Contacts in the Field of Socially Responsible Investment

Once again, Emerging Markets ESG has updated its Database of Contacts in the Field of Socially Responsible Investment.  This database is a great compliment to the Ethical MarketsEthical Money Directory.   The 20th edition of the database includes entries from seven new countries:  Argentina, Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Lebanon, [...]

UN CHIEF HAILS KEY ROLE OF CIVIL SOCIETY IN FINANCING FUTURE DEVELOPMENT AGENDA

UN CHIEF HAILS KEY ROLE OF CIVIL SOCIETY IN FINANCING FUTURE DEVELOPMENT AGENDA

     Web version   New York Jul 12 2015 12:00PM     UN News Centre with breaking news from the UN News Service  Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the Global Civil Society Forum held in Addis [...]

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