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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

Global assessment of best practices in green growth reveals pathways for success

Global assessment of best practices in green growth reveals pathways for success

  Knowledge Update Issue 2014-5                                                                                         1 July, 2014 Global assessment of best practices in green [...]

CORPORATIONS WILL HAVE TO ABIDE TO HUMAN RIGHTS

CORPORATIONS WILL HAVE TO ABIDE TO HUMAN RIGHTS Source: Treaty Alliance: http://www.treatymovement.com/ A resolution was adopted in the UN Human Rights Council on June 26 that will begin the process of elaborating an international legally binding instrument on business and human rights. Despite strong opposition from the EU and US, the [...]

New UN forum seeks to set the stage for future global development agenda

30 June 2014 – As countries ramp up their efforts to achieve the set of anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) ahead of the 2015 deadline, a new United Nations forum seeks to spur them on as well as to help them create the foundation for new global sustainable development agenda. “We are bracing for our final [...]

PSI Initiative Performs Triple Jump in Global Insurance Hub to Mark its Second Anniversary

PSI Initiative Performs Triple Jump in Global Insurance Hub to Mark its Second Anniversary

 Members | Publications | Events | Training | About  May and June has been a historical period for the environmental movement, which was highlighted by the inaugural United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) in Nairobi.   Environmental policy makers at UNEA understood the need to [...]

CDP: US Utilities Now Pricing Carbon as Part of Core Business Strategy

CDP: US Utilities Now Pricing Carbon as Part of Core Business Strategy

June 30, 2014 NEW METRICS CDP: US Utilities Now Pricing Carbon as Part of Core Business Strategy In response to increasing recognition of climate risk, fresh insights into how a price on carbon pollution might benefit companies and the US economy as a whole were released Friday in a new [...]

Power Forward 2.0: How American Companies Are Setting Clean Energy Targets and Capturing Greater Business Value

Report from Ceres, WWF, Calvert Investments and David Gardiner and Associates, 2014   Clean energy has entered the mainstream at the world’s largest corporations. In this report, the second in the Power Forward series, we expand upon the analysis of clean energy and climate targets from the U.S. Fortune 100 to include the full U.S. [...]

The Great Coal Cap: China’s energy policies and the financial implications for thermal coal

The Great Coal Cap: China’s energy policies and the financial implications for thermal coal

The Great Coal Cap: China's energy policies and the financial implications for thermal coal | Carbon Tracker Initiative // // // // // // // Carbon Tracker Initiative Financial specialists making carbon investment risk real today in the capital market.   The Great [...]

IEX HIRES FORMER SEC HEAD OF DIVISION OF TRADING AND MARKETS

IEX HIRES FORMER SEC HEAD OF DIVISION OF TRADING AND MARKETS IEX today announced that John Ramsay, until recently the Acting Director of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Trading and Markets, is joining the company as its Chief Market Policy and Regulatory Officer. In this role, he will work with a broad range of [...]

Buying Up the Planet: Out-of-control Central Banks on a Corporate Buying Spree

Buying Up the Planet: Out-of-control Central Banks on a Corporate Buying Spree Posted on June 20, 2014 by Ellen Brown Finance is the new form of warfare – without the expense of a military overhead and an occupation against unwilling hosts. It is a competition in credit creation to buy foreign resources, real estate, public and privatized [...]

Joining Forces And Connecting Dots For Impact Investing And ESG At TBLI CONFERENCE USA 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Joining Forces And Connecting Dots For Impact Investing And ESG At TBLI CONFERENCE USA 2014 Amsterdam, 19 June 2014 TBLI CONFERENCE™, dedicated to building a community of ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) and impact investors, held its second USA conference on 29 and 30 May in New York. The event, hosted by [...]

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