Monthly Archives: December 2013

The Value of Community Relations

Extract from the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking, December 2013 written by Andrew MacLeod, a Board member of Cornerstone Capital Inc. (New York), advisor to Gane Energy (Australia), Critical Resource (UK), former General Manager at Rio Tito and a former senior official of the United Nations and the International Committee for the Red… Read more »

A New Approach to Looking at ESG Risk at the Country Level – Using Brazil as an Example

Extract from the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking, December 2013, written by Alexandra Mihailescu Chichon,Head of Business Development, RepRisk AG, and Anna Tuson, Media and Communications Lead, RepRisk AG. As in all investment decisions, but even more critical when emerging markets are concerned, comprehensive research and timely information about what’s happening on the… Read more »

Acting in the Present with an Eye on the Future

Extract from the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking, December 2013, written by Marina Grossi, President of CEBDS, the Brazilian Council for Sustainable Development. The goal of documents like Visão Brasil or even the World Business Council for Sustainable Development`s (WBCSD) original document: Vision 2050 – The New Agenda for Business – is to… Read more »

Next Generation Brazilian Consumers Focusing on Sustainable Actions

Extract from the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking, December 2013, written by Gustavo Piras Oliveira, LatAm Director of Research and Consumer Analyst, UBS. Consumers are becoming highly alert to socially responsible and sustainable actions. Consumers want things that are meaningful for their lives. Sustainable actions should drive demand and profitable growth in Brazil…. Read more »

Sustainable Leadership Platform: Stories of People Who Lead Through Values and Sustainability

Extract from the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking, December 2013, written by Ricardo Voltolini, President-Director of Sustainable idea: Strategy and Intelligence in Sustainability Recently introduced documents within the scope of the United Nations Global Pact address the need for a new type of leader to face the challenges of the 21st century. More… Read more »

Changing Dynamics of the Family

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Susan Golombok is a Professor of Family Research and Director, Centre for Family Research, University of Cambridge. She is the author of Parenting: What really counts? and co-author of Bottling it Up, Gender Development, and Growing up in a Lesbian Family. Since the latter part of the 20th century, dramatic changes have taken place to… Read more »

Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking, December 2013

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This month in the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking (JSFB) in considering aspirations to have an extraordinary societal and economic legacy, we turn our attention to Brazil and the “Social” in ESG with a series of notes highlighting that nation’s tremendous challenges and opportunities.

Brazil’s Energy Outlook – Reconciling Socio-Economic & Environmental Progress

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As last year’s Earth summit in Brazil, Rio+20, clearly showcased, many people believe indeed that a “green growth” economic model, integrated within the long term vision of sustainable development, is incompatible with the economic growth countries like Brazil strive to achieve in order to bring prosperity and progress to all. Is this antagonism relevant, or is there a way to reconcile these major objectives?

The Television Series: “Modern Family”

Extract from the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking, December 2013, written by Michael Shavel, Research & Business Analyst at Cornerstone Capital Inc. Modern Family’s success is a sign of the times where diversity is not only acknowledged, but is embraced well. Just as television programming and family structures have evolved the manner by… Read more »

Integrated Financial Reporting in Brazil

Extract from the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking, December 2013, written by Robert G. Eccles, Professor of Management Practice at Harvard Business School, Chairman of SASB and member of the Steering Committee of the International Integrated Reporting Committee. Will Brazil’s market structure make it a country leader in adopting integrated reporting? It’s all… Read more »

Respecting Human Rights: Urgent, Necessary, Not Optional

Extract from the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking, December 2013, written by Julie Tanner, Assistant Director of Socially Responsible Investing, Christian Brothers Investment Services (CBIS). With the Rana Plaza building collapse, the Tazreen factory fire, the Deepwater Horizon explosion, and the Foxconn suicides now part of our lexicon, never has the onus on… Read more »

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In recent times the world’s banking entities have been analyzing the finalization of the Volcker Rule portion of the Dodd-Frank Act.  The rule, which includes the restriction of banks from engaging in proprietary trading of certain securities, derivatives and options, effectively bars these entities from behaving like hedge funds.  One particular activity often associated with… Read more »

A Construction Company Can Be Sustainable

Extract from the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking, December 2013, written by Carlos Terepins, CEO & Chairman of the Board of Directors, Even Construtora e Incorporadora SA. The reasoning that should propel environmental initiatives is the certainty that society is increasingly recognizing and rewarding companies imbued with true social and environmental duty and… Read more »

Natura: A Sustainability Story

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A look into Natura’s pioneering business practices which leverage the beauty of the Brazilian genetic heritage written by João Paulo Ferreira, Sales Vice-President, Natura in the December 2013 edition of the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking.  

The Cornerstone JSFB CEO’s Letter in Portuguese, December 2013

Carta da CEO sobre Finanças Sustentáveis e Banking Erika Karp Fundadora e CEO da Cornerstone Capital Inc. e ex Head de Pesquisa Setorial Global do banco de investimentos UBS Este mês no Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking (JSFB), assistimos um mercado global mais suave com antecipação contínua da normalização das taxas de juros…. Read more »