Monthly Archives: January 2014

Erika Karp Recognized in The Purpose Economy 100

We are pleased to announce that Erika Karp, CEO & Founder of Cornerstone Capital Group, has been named to The Purpose Economy 100. The Purpose Economy 100 was launched by Imperative and CSRwire to recognize the 100 leaders and “their efforts to evolve our economy into one that generates purpose as employees, customers, community-members and citizens.” More… Read more »

Investment Storytelling Through Enhanced Analytics

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Brad Monterio, Managing Director of Colcomgroup, provides an insightful discussion on XBRL in the January 2014 Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking. XBRL was developed to solve the key challenges around reporting, disclosure and analysis.

Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking, January 2014

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This month in the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking (JSFB), as global markets move into earnings reporting season with trepidation about the ability of share prices to consolidate gains in 2014 and move ahead further, we focus on Data. We consider Big Data, the Principles for Responsible Data, Data for Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Analytics, and Data Overload.

Disclosure Overload: Don’t Throw Investors Out with the Bathwater

Extract from the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking, January 2014 written by Janet Pegg, Head of Accounting & Valuation at Cornerstone Capital Inc. and former Managing Director and Analyst of U.S. Accounting Research at UBS Investment Bank. Janet is an II-ranked Analyst. Subscribers can view the full article in the January edition. Although mandates… Read more »

Big Data in the Social Sector

Extract from the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking, January 2014 written by Sonal Shah, a Senior Fellow at the Case Foundation and a Fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University and Hollie Russon Gilman, a Democracy Fellow at Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School. Subscribers can view the… Read more »

The Challenge of “Unburnable Carbon”

Extract from the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking, January 2014 written by John Wilson, former Director of Corporate Governance at TIAA-CREF and the Director of Socially Responsible Investing at the Christian Brothers Investment Services. Subscribers can view the full article in the January edition. The social and economic impacts of climate change may be… Read more »

Principles of Responsible Data

Extract from the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking, January 2014 written by Michael Shavel, CFA, a Research & Business Analyst at Cornerstone Capital Inc. and a former Research Analyst on AllianceBernstein’s Global Growth & Thematic team. Subscribers can view the full article in the January edition. While technology has evolved, there still remains the… Read more »

The Value of a Sustainable Brand

Extract from the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking, January 2014 written by Michelle Greene, Senior Vice President and Head of Corporate Responsibility, NYSE Euronext. Subscribers can view the full article in the January edition. For b-to-b enterprises, sustainable brand value may not be as readily apparent. The most obvious application may be in serving those… Read more »

Not a Team Sport: The State of Play in Global Shipping

Extract from the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking, January 20134written by Robert DiMarsico, Managing Director at Poseidon Capital Corp and Senior Advisor to Shipping Practice at FTI Consulting Inc. Subscribers can view the full article in the January edition. Carrying 90% of world trade, shipping is a critically important industry, one which until recently… Read more »

Join #theBIGshift and Accelerate the Transformation to a Sustainable Future

Extract from the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking, January 2014 written by Dr. Sally Uren, Chief Executive Officer of Forum for the Future, an independent non-profit working globally with business, government and other organizations to solve complex sustainability challenges. Subscribers can view the full article in the January edition. To deliver a more sustainable… Read more »

Cornerstone JSFB ‘CEO’s Letter’ in Mandarin, January 2014

January 2014 Issue: 首席执行官关于可持续金融和银行业的致辞 在这期的Cornerstone 可持续金融和银行业的月刊里, 因为全球市场到了报告业绩的季节并伴随着股价有可能在2014年获利调整后再涨高,我们把注意力放在数据上。我们考虑大数据,负有责任的数据原则, 对环境,社会和公司治理分析的数据,以及数据运载。当包括思科和微软等公司在内的商业领袖在达沃斯讨论了从“数据储存的全球标准”到“所有东西的网络”, 讨论也集中 在如何达到安全的必需性和个人隐私权的平衡。我们提供了全世界在资本市场领域为卓越而努力工作的杰出专家的报告。 在短期内,在投资者吸收IBM和联想为低端服务器交易的定价时,我们也思索IBM Watson商业体的长期潜力和在认知计算方面的机会,以及 IBM把什么称为智慧的星球。对复杂的决策过程转化进行商业化的承诺也使我想起了阿尔伯特爱因斯坦的智慧。他的最被人广为知道的和最被人喜欢的名言是“不是所有能计算的都有价值,并且不是所有有价值的都能被计算”。但是在我们从全方位考虑数据的这期月刊里的上下文中,我们也应该注意爱因斯坦的警告“具有知觉的头脑是一个神圣的礼物而理智的头脑是一个忠实的仆人。我们已经创建了一个奖励仆人而忘记了礼物的社会”。 因此,不是期望计算力将最终能够理解细微之处和权衡直觉, 我们推荐哈佛大学政治研究所和Case 基金会Sonal Shah 的见解。在她的题为“社会部门大数据”的编辑精选里,Sonal号召对数据交叉引用的复杂性进行严格的政策讨论,从而我们能够有合适的背景支持,能够避免对现实扭曲的损坏。 进而在“责任性数据的原则”报告中,Cornersone分析师Michael Shavel提供了一份现状报告,这份报告讨论了当股份持有人对数据完整性,数据质量,数据的生命周期,以及数据安全性等的需要做出反应时,股份持有人在何种程度上能够敏锐地了解公司对于数据管理的现有政策。 正如Sonal寻找那些不仅含有数据也含有关键的能带来责任,同情和怜腼等社会好处等元素的算法时,Framework 公司的 Kathee Rebernak在这个月 “Featured Domain”章节寻找更深层的对公司优秀的理解。在一篇题为“SustainabilityMapping.com”的文章中,Kathee强调伟大的公司能够更好的理解他们的发明,经济和我们人力及自然资源的相关性及相互依存性。这个系统层面上的途径将给所有的我们带来更大的繁荣。 回到这个月的“Sustainability and the Digital Dilemma,” 章节,我们收录了一篇来自于洛克西德马丁公司关于可持续发展,报告和股份持有人管理部门主任Matthew Swibel,的一篇文章。在这里,Matthew指出网络事件的指数级成长估计耗费了社会3,880亿美金并且大声提出全球对信息安全的需要会使可持续发展显著的提到日程上。虽然很难模拟经济上的影响, 但是信息安全不可能利索的切合到任何 ESG的评分卡上,争论的焦点在于日益增长的非金融信息的纰漏必须要得到加强。 谈到公司的信息纰漏,在这月期刊的“Investment Storytelling Through Enhanced Analytics”章节部分,我们介绍一篇 Colcomgroup公司董事总经理Brad Monterio的文章。这篇文章强调了使ESG数据的格式,结构,和应用更一致的路已经铺垫好。鉴于公司很大量的信息是在财务报表之外,XBRL的时点已经到来了。 鉴于这个主题的复杂性,我们请Cornerstone Capital 估值和会计主管Janet Pegg来讨论 “Disclosure Overload: Don’t Throw Investors out with the Bathwater”这个主题。因为Mary… Read more »

Sustainability and the Digital Dilemma

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Growing reliance on data and hyper-connected IT systems by individuals, businesses and governments makes information security an increasingly important tenet of sustainability. Those reporting institutions that prudently sort through these challenges and take actions to tie the information security-sustainability thread will assume leadership on a formidable global issue that can wreak environmental, social and economic havoc in a keystroke, not a decade.

Water Scarcity as a Business Risk and Opportunity

Extract from the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking, January 2014 written by William Sarni, Director and Practice Leader, Enterprise Water Strategy | Sustainability, Deloitte Consulting LLP. Subscribers can view the full article in the January edition. What should the future of water look like? Achieving the desired outcomes, in 21st century water management, means… Read more »

Efficiency Meets Big Data

Extract from the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking, January 2014 written by Ben Dear, Partner at Osmosis Investment Management in the United Kingdom. Subscribers can view the full article in the January edition. Any firm that is therefore able to standardize and use the data to provide objective, comparable efficiency rankings, will be highly… Read more »

SustainabilityMapping.com: The Interconnectedness of Things

Each month in the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking (JSFB), we will offer thoughts on a “Featured Domain” which is selected from our proprietary “Sustainable Domain Bank”.  The Cornerstone “Sustainable Domain Bank” contains 2,000+ addresses on the Internet which are an articulation of business processes, business practices, and aspirations for a more regenerative… Read more »