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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

Blockchain Technology for Reputation Scoring of Financial Actors

Ethics in Finance, Robin Cosgrove Prize, Global edition 2014-2015, Finalist By Brett Scott There is currently no clear method of publicly and transparently displaying the conduct of financial professionals. Individual ‘rogue traders’ might be recognisable through the media, and regulatory directories – such as the Financial Services [...]

Healthy Markets News and Market Structure Insights

Healthy Markets News and Market Structure Insights

Learn more about our initiatives: ATS Transparency Metrics and Accreditation Research Institute Best Execution Healthy Markets News Dark Side of the Pools report on ATSs released Freely available ATS Questionnaire published Board of Directors expanded Market Structure Insights Great news from Healthy Markets [...]

Year of Green Finance – 2016

Year of Green Finance - 2016 “Ethical Markets attended the Carnegie event and our research concurs with these views, as documented in our Green Transition Scoreboard® now totaling $6.22 trillio  in the private investing pipeline.  Institutional Investor als  reports that renewable energy is now a significant asset clas . Hazel [...]

In the Public Interest: Big Crony CEO Pay Grab–Effects Beyond Greed!

In the Public Interest: Big Crony CEO Pay Grab–Effects Beyond Greed!

As the New Year gets underway, the highest-paid CEOs of many large corporations have already paid themselves more than the average worker will earn in the entire year!  By the end of the first week of January, the highest-paid CEOs had already made as much as their average workers will earn over 8 years. An analysis by Equilar, a consulting [...]

“The Citadel Is Breached: Congress Taps the Fed for Infrastructure Funding”

The Citadel Is Breached: Congress Taps the Fed for Infrastructure Funding Ellen Brown http://EllenBrown.com January 16, 2016 “Lawyer Ellen Brown shows how the US Congress is finally understanding how the Fed creates money and blows the central bankers’ myth that they are independent!  Hazel Henderson, Editor“ In a landmark [...]

News Update from Walden Asset Management

News Update from Walden Asset Management

We are pleased to share with you our annual summary of shareholder engagement initiatives, and report to you on the reach and impact of these efforts. The results in 2015 - Walden's 40th anniversary - continue to demonstrate that investor engagement can foster transformative corporate change on a range of environmental, social and governance [...]

Working around the Big Short

Working around the Big Short

Prospecta Press, April 2015 Making Money Matter By G. Benjamin Bingham Founder and CEO, 3Sisters Sustainable Management LLC Watch these videos as Ben Bingham explains in his own words how we can all participate in finance in a positive manner. About the book About 3Sisters What difference does my money make when I invest or divest? You [...]

CRISPR Too Fast for Comfort

CRISPR Too Fast for Comfort

CRISPR Too Fast for Comfort A new gene-editing technique has taken the world by storm, it can disable or change specific gene in the genome of all animals including humans faster and more efficiently than ever before but it has raise unprecedented concern over safety and ethics Dr Mae-Wan Ho The new gene-editing technique CRISPR (see Box) has [...]

Zevin (Global ESG) Q4 2015 results and conference call invitation

Zevin (Global ESG) Q4 2015 results and conference call invitation

Please click here to see Zevin Asset Management's Q4 2015 results and corresponding charts. Attribution analysis, factbooks as well as the performance of our taxable composites are available upon request. We will hold a conference to discuss these results tomorrow - details are below. During the quarter, our Global Appreciation non-taxable [...]

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