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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

“What’s Possible” The U.N. Climate Summit Film

Below is the three minute film, titled “What’s Possible,” that was presented this morning to world leaders at the United Nations Climate Summit in New York. This inspirational film shows that climate change is solvable. We have the technology to harness nature sustainably for a clean, prosperous energy future, but only if we act now. [...]

MEDIA RELEASE: Time to re-engineer the UN Staff Pension Fund

Ethical Markets has long advocated the UN Pension Fund take the lead by re-structuring its portfolio in line with its employees ' values ! I recall my meeting in 1998 at the UN H.Q. with John Ruggie and Georg Kell , arranged for me by my friend Maurice Strong .I also invited my friend Steve Viederman, the President of the Jessie Smith Noyes [...]

Taking a Call for Climate Change to the Streets

Taking a Call for Climate Change to the Streets

Taking a Call for Climate Change to the Streets By LISA W. FODERARO  NY Times, SEPT. 21, 2014 Slide Show Slide Show|13 Photos A Demonstration for the Planet in Manhattan CreditDamon Winter/The New York Times C Legions of demonstrators frustrated by international inaction on global warming descended on New [...]

Rockefellers, Heirs to an Oil Fortune, Will Divest Charity of Fossil Fuels

Rockefellers, Heirs to an Oil Fortune, Will Divest Charity of Fossil Fuels

Rockefellers, Heirs to an Oil Fortune, Will Divest Charity of Fossil Fuels Stephen Heintz, left, with Valerie Rockefeller Wayne and Steven Rockefeller on Tuesday. Hiroko Masuike / The New York Times ·        Share ·          ·          By JOHN SCHWARTZ September 21, [...]

ECONOMIC GROWTH AND ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE CAN NOW BE ACHIEVED TOGETHER, FINDS GLOBAL COMMISSION

Ethical Markets welcomes this report which conforms to our own research in our Green Transition Scoreboard®.  Hazel Henderson, Editor   New report aims to drive action by world leaders, business executives and investors ahead of major summit on climate change Editor’s note: The “Better Growth, Better Climate” report, [...]

Shareholder Successes: Investors Secure Groundbreaking Corporate Commitments on Climate Action

Shareholder Successes: Investors Secure Groundbreaking Corporate Commitments on Climate Action

Ceres Newsletter September 2014 Press and Media Press Release: Investors Secure Groundbreaking Corporate Commitments to Protect Forests, Reduce Carbon Emissions News Story: Only $1 Trillion: Annual Investment [...]

World’s Leading Institutional Investors Managing $24 Trillion Call for Carbon Pricing, Ambitious Global Climate Deal

UNSG Climate Summit  2014 World's Leading Institutional Investors Managing $24 Trillion Call for Carbon Pricing, Ambitious Global Climate Deal    BlackRock, CalPERS, PensionDanmark, Deutsche, South African GEPF, Australian CFSGAM, Cathay Financial Holdings among nearly 350 investors urging heads of state to take strong action on climate [...]

Fiscal incentives are indispensable prequisite

Fiscal incentives are indispensable prequisite

EFES NEWSLETTER - SEPTEMBER 2014 EFES' Manifesto 2014:     Fiscal incentives are indispensable prequisites     Worldwide practical evidence and a wide range of academic research support the view that a proper legal environment and the provision of suitable fiscal incentives are indispensable prerequisites for [...]

Paul Druckman wins IAB 2014 Personality of the Year for promoting the global adoption of Integrated Reporting

Paul Druckman wins IAB 2014 Personality of the Year  for promoting the global adoption of Integrated Reporting

Ethical Markets congratulates Paul Druckman on this well-desreved Award , Hazel Henderson,Editor Paul Druckman wins IAB 2014 Personality of the Year for promoting the global adoption of Integrated [...]

The Breakthrough Challenge – an update from Volans

The Breakthrough Challenge – an update from Volans

Newsletter September 2014   The Breakthrough Challenge Team Volans is excited because the coming months will see us going into Breakthrough overdrive – hyperdrive, even. Key developments include the launch of our latest book, the start of the latest phase of our Breakthrough Capitalism program and the second round of our [...]

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