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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

Newsletter from the Transparency International EU Office

Please find attached the most recent newsletter from the transparency international EU Office, which gives a short overview of its activities over the last 4 months. TI EU Newsletter March 2014

Supreme Court just crippled democracy

Supreme Court just crippled democracy

Hazel, Moments ago, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its ruling in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission. Sadly, alarmingly, infuriatingly — it’s Citizens United all over again. I’ll explain a bit more below, but first I need you to do THREE things: 1. Voice your outrage that the Supreme Court has sold out our democracy. [...]

Green Transition Scoreboard® Tops $5.3 Trillion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Green Transition Scoreboard® Tops $5.3 Trillion Privately Invested In The Green Economy  Saint Augustine, FL, March 31, 2014 ~  Again for 2014, the Green Transition Scoreboard® (GTS) finds, with $5.3 trillion in private investments and commitments since 2007, the green economy is on track to reach $10 trillion in [...]

SDGs focus areas: Stakeholder proposals for goals and targets

SDGs focus areas: Stakeholder proposals for goals and targets

  SDGs focus areas: Stakeholder proposals for goals and targets   In order to inform the deliberations of the tenth session of the UN General Assembly’s Open Working Group (OWG) on sustainable development goals (SDGs), 31 March – 4 April 2014, stakeholder forum has compiled a number of goals and corresponding targets [...]

Is the U.S. stock market rigged?

Is the U.S. stock market rigged? Steve Kroft reports on a new book from Michael Lewis that reveals how some high-speed traders work the stock market to their advantage The following script is from "Rigged" which aired on March 30, 2014. Steve Kroft is the correspondent. Draggan Mihailovich, producer.  This month marks the fifth [...]

South Africa endorses the International Framework

South Africa endorses the International <IR> Framework

IIRC Newsletter - March Edition South Africa endorses the International <IR> Framework The Integrated Reporting Committee (IRC) of South Africa, who's influential members include the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, has this month endorsed the International [...]

New MoU drives momentum in corporate reporting

New MoU drives momentum in corporate reporting

New MoU drives momentum in corporate reporting International Integrated Reporting Council and Global Initiative for Sustainability Ratings pledge to work together to enhance quality of corporate reporting and ratings FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 31 March 2014 - The International [...]

Blue Is The New Green: Oceans Could Power The Future

Blue Is The New Green: Oceans Could Power The Future

flickr/lyndsayesson Blue Is The New Green: How Oceans Could Power The Future By Ari Phillips on ThinkProgress.org/climate    March 26, 2014 at 11:42 am In February, a natural gas power plant along the Central California coast closed after operating for more than 50 years, thus ending an era that saw the surrounding community of Morro [...]

Sustainable Development Update – 26 March 2014 – Sustainable Development Policy & Practice

Sustainable Development Update – 26 March 2014 – Sustainable Development Policy & Practice

World Bank Report Proposes Priorities for Sustainable Urbanization 25_March_2014: ‘Urban China: Toward Efficient, Inclusive and Sustainable Urbanization,' a report by the World Bank and China's Development Research Center, proposes a ‘new urbanization' path that will be environmentally sustainable, [...]

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