Posts Categorized: Environmental “E”

Extractive Company Values: Environmental & Social Issues as Indicators of Strategy Execution Potential


With a market cap of over US$6 trillion, the extractive sector encompasses over 5,000 companies. It provides raw materials for everything from energy creation to high-tech manufacturing to electronics. Even as the world starts to transition from greenhouse gas emitting commodities like oil and coal, natural resource extraction will remain essential. Smartphones and electric vehicles, for instance, require metals sourced from extractive operations around the world. Yet natural resource extraction is, by its very nature, environmentally destructive and socially disruptive — and managing the risks inherent in mining is of prime concern to extractive companies and the host countries in which they operate. Extractive companies’ success will be in part determined by their ability to position themselves for this future.

Poultry Antibiotics in Emerging Markets: Should We Rethink Growth?

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Recent survey results indicate a move away from antibiotics in emerging market poultry production. Our read of the survey results is that investors should be cautious assuming that growth in emerging market poultry production will translate into similar growth in medicated feed additives.

Evolving Lifecycles in an ESG Materiality Matrix


For most sectors, the likelihood of adverse ESG events and their potential financial impacts evolve through a lifecycle. ESG lifecycles determine the time it takes for a sustainability issue to become relevant to a sector as well as the magnitude of the financial impact. We believe the ability to anticipate ESG lifecycles can enhance the investment decision-making process.

Tracking our Thesis on Food Safety Opportunities: A Look at Neogen

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As we discussed in our July 2016 report Food Safety: In a State of Transformation, the global food safety testing market is expanding. Our optimistic view on growth in food safety testing is supported by Neogen’s fourth quarter earnings release. Neogen is flagged in our report for having high exposure to the food safety theme.

Regional and Sector Strategy: Monthly Update


Our earnings momentum metric has been refined. In addition, we have also introduced a methodology for weighting ESG factors in sectors and regions. These modifications have resulted in an unusually large number of changes in recommendations.

Supreme Court Ruling Highlights Clean Power Plan’s Potential

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On February 9, 2016, the US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) granted a stay to the implementation of the CPP rule by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In our view, the intensity of the challenge from the states and certain industries, and the SCOTUS ruling that CPP should be halted while being litigated, demonstrates that the CPP has significant implications for the sector.

Tracking our Thesis on Nutritional Feed Additives

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As we discussed in our October 5, 2015 report Antibiotics and Animal Health: Value-Chain Implications in the US, a confluence of regulatory action and heightened consumer awareness is exerting pressure on livestock producers to reassess their usage of antibiotics. Our optimistic view on specialty and nutritional feed additives is supported by Adisseo and Novozymes’ recent launch of a probiotics product.

Paris Agreement: Validates national and local actions

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We view the Paris Agreement as accelerating the ‘race to the top’ in responding to climate change. Developed countries will need technologies and business models that de-carbonize their existing economies. Developing nations will focus on technologies that drive strong economic growth and improve living standards.

A Shifting ESG Materiality Matrix: What Has Mattered, What May Matter

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As we continue our research on sustainability factors that play a role in market outcomes, we embrace a more nuanced view. ESG factors that impact different sectors are not static, and are determined by a wide range of lifecycles.

Antibiotics and Animal Health: California Raises the Bar

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On October 10, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law SB 27, a bill limiting the use of medically important antibiotics (MIA) in animal agriculture, thus going beyond federal policy as outlined by the FDA. This action increases our confidence in our thesis that the potential for more restrictive regulation (as seen with SB 27) and shifting consumer demand pose a risk to antibiotics sales for animal health companies.

Sustainable Investing: Addressing the Myth of Underperformance

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Despite growing demand for sustainable and impact investment solutions and a body of evidence to support the effectiveness of sustainable investing from a strictly financial perspective, many investors are still unclear about the relationship between ESG factors and financial performance.

Learning from History: How do Historical and Forecast Electricity Prices Connect?

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We believe that the rising electricity prices forecast by the US Energy Information Agency (EIA) in their Annual Energy Outlook 2015 do not account for the dampening effect of rapidly declining renewable energy costs and low financing costs. In particular, rooftop solar should act as a cap on the price that utilities will be able to charge retail customers while falling wholesale solar prices, set at a fixed price for up to 20 years, could reduce wholesale electricity prices for the long term.

The Drought in California: The New Normal? What Investors Need to Know…

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California’s drought poses a resource crisis on a scale that has not been seen in the US for several decades. Experts forecast the drought, now in its third year, will continue at least through 2016, and the lack of rain, combined with a record low water table beneath the Central Valley, may be a “new… Read more »

Judges Announced for “Sustainable Games” Competition

Harvard Business School, Intel Education among Business and Entrepreneurial Leaders to Select Winner of $25,000 Prize Five global leaders from across business, the capital markets and academia have been selected as judges for “Sustainable Games:  The Business Model Challenge.”  The competition, which offers a $25,000 prize, is sponsored by Cornerstone Capital Inc., together with the Clinton… Read more »

Environmental Issues & Country Valuations: What Matters?


What Matters? — Some environmental issues that are the subject of popular focus — such as carbon dioxide emissions — do not appear to be statistically significant for global investors. Moreover, many countries’ environmental “health” has moved in the opposite direction of their economic development i.e., more pollution and higher per capita GDP.

Schneider Electric and the Power of Energy Efficiency

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Schneider Electric (SU) published its annual results yesterday, posting a profit increase of 2.8% and revenue growth of 6.6%. With a 170-year history, starting in metallurgy, Schneider Electric is now betting on one core element of its strategy, across all its business lines: energy efficiency. Last November, the International Energy Agency reminded markets that energy… Read more »

Redefining Energy Utilities: The E.ON Revolution

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On December 1st, the German energy utility company E.ON announced it would spin off its conventional energy generation, upstream and trading businesses, and focus on renewable energy, networks and customer solutions. E.ON’s current shareholders will receive shares in this new company, in addition to their holdings in the parent company. E.ON will keep a minority… Read more »

Harnessing ‘Sustainable Brand Power’

How does a brand stay true to its purpose?  And how does a company create an emotional connection with its stakeholders, employees and consumers? These were just a few of the questions addressed by Jostein Solheim, CEO of Ben & Jerry’s during a Roundtable session Nov. 19th on “Sustainable Brand Power” at Cornerstone Capital Group. … Read more »

ESG Essentials – A Guide for Investors

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There is increasing recognition globally that environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors are relevant and material for investment decisions. If you are involved in the world of finance, the words “sustainability” or “ESG” have either crossed your desk or are about to. For investors that are new to the topic, this report will serve as a primer that provides a basis for additional avenues of inquiry. For those that are already familiar with the subject, this report will act as a supplement and may offer new or different perspectives on the most critical issues.

A Virtuous Circle of Corporate Excellence Drives Sustainable Value

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Praxair, Inc. (NYSE: PX) is a Fortune 250, $12 billion global industrial gas company headquartered in Danbury, CT. It is the largest industrial gas company in the Americas and operates in more than 50 countries. Praxair consistently leads the industry in profitability and return on capital through a culture of operational excellence, capital discipline and… Read more »

Navigating the Recycling Industry

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My journey to the recycling world, is a circuitous one primarily driven by environmental and social motives. A child of immigrants from India and the UK, and one of six children, I never sought easy answers. We came from England with just the clothes on our backs. My parents had big dreams of not only… Read more »

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Nils Anderson, the CEO of AP Moller Maersk, spoke at this month’s BSR Conference in New York City and articulated his company’s aspiration to be “Taking the lead in a world of change.”  This company represents the ultimate player in global trade. And, if one subscribes to the economic theory of comparative advantage, then the… Read more »

The Economics of Environmental Issues in Sector Strategy

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Increasing environmental pressures — Corporations globally are experiencing growing pressure about environmental issues reflecting, in large part, regulatory initiatives that could potentially increase costs. Among the factors driving the growth and stringency of environmental regulations: energy security issues, public health challenges, impact of pollution on economic growth. We examine the implications of a potential increase in key environmental costs for ten industry sectors. Subsequent research will examine the implications — positive or negative — of social and governance factors for these sectors.

Water & Sanitation: Everybody Needs Them, Especially During a Crisis

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“Readers, I selected this story–written by a colleague here at Oxfam–when I learned that the focus of October’s issue of The Journal of Sustainable Finance and Banking would be on food and nutrition. Although Oxfam has worked on food and hunger issues from our inception, far too few people recognize the significance that clean water… Read more »

7,000 Chemicals and Highly Sustainable

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Red wine, it is believed, has many virtues, from antioxidants to its high levels of resveratrol to promoting weight-loss. However, the virtues of wine can quickly be undone by harmful chemicals, pesticides and fungicides that are found in many varietals today. Unless a wine is certified organic and biodynamic, the consumer can be exposed unknowingly… Read more »

Eating Ourselves Thirsty

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As the world’s consumers increasingly eat their way up a middle class ladder replete with growing portions of meat, dairy, cooking oils and fruits and vegetables, farmers find their jobs growing harder by the day. Facing ever-hotter temperatures, record-busting cycles of drought and flood and finite amounts of irrigation water, farmers have the unenviable task… Read more »

Investing in Seafood is Smart for Business, People and Planet

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Will Baird also contributed to this article.   Solving non-communicable diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and obesity is one of the biggest challenges facing sustainable financing. Two thirds of American adults are either overweight or obese,[1] and the cost of heart disease is projected to reach $818 billion by 2030.[2] Heart disease is the… Read more »

A Closer Looks at GMOs

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Are laws requiring the labeling of food containing genetically modified organisms (GMO) justified? Do consumers have a right to know what is in their food, or will the labels simply confuse the public?

The Future of Urban Agriculture in U.S. Cities


Co-authored by Viki Radden and Doug Lawrence   Today, the U.S. population is over 316 million.   In less than 40 years, the U.S. Census Bureau projects we’ll reach a national population of 450 million, a 42% increase.   Where is this population going to live?  The answer to that question appears relatively clear; the U.S. Census Bureau… Read more »

The Future of Food and Sustainability…A Call for Action

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The current U.S. agriculture model is not sustainable.  It is losing more than one acre of farmland a minute to development and causes the erosion of four billion tons of topsoil per year. It accounts for 82% of fresh water use while our major water sources such as the Ogallala Aquifer, Lake Mead and the… Read more »

Market Summary: Overview

In a year of surprisingly muted market volatility, this month we saw risk assets tumble as investor concerns reached a decisive tipping point. Anxiety over a less accommodative Fed, the pace and sustainability of global economic growth, continued conflict in Ukraine, escalating violence in the Middle East, and even the Ebola crisis have investors fleeing… Read more »

People Planning in a Conference and Innovation Concept

In an effort to ignite and support the efforts of the next generation of business leaders, and a form of capitalism that is based upon greater collaboration and transparency, we launch this initiative among the world’s students who will be essential drivers of sustainable innovation…This is a call to action for social entrepreneurship: “Sustainable Games:… Read more »

Endocrine Disruptor Chemicals — a Serious Health Risk for All, a Potential Opportunity for Business

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In our daily lives we are constantly exposed to a large number of chemicals, affecting us and our health – without us even realising it.  These chemicals stem from a broad-range of products we use every day; plastic food containers, shower curtains, sunscreens, pesticides, furniture, toys, cosmetics and even the cash receipts or lottery tickets… Read more »

Paths to a Fossil-Free Future Create Disruptive Business Opportunities

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Fossil-free by 2075. That is the answer the International Energy Agency (IEA) found when it explored technology transition paths for the global energy sector consistent with stabilizing climate change. As an intergovernmental formation of industrialized nations, the IEA’s aim was the same target as the one repeatedly sought by in international negotiations – 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial global average temperatures, a level intended to avoid the most catastrophic effects of climate change. While investment analysts are often bound to performance horizons of just a few quarters, the IEA view to 2075 has implications for capital allocations today….

Balancing Nature and Energy

This is an abstract from the September edition of The Cornerstone JSFB. Subscribers can read the full article here. Learn more about the JSFB here.   When discussions about the imperative to lower greenhouse gases turn to the subject of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, tensions get white hot. Opponents cite the horrors of gas and… Read more »

The 2014 El Niño: Disrupting the Climate for Business?

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Climate forecasters breathed a collective sigh of relief earlier this month as predictions of a “mega El Niño” on par with severe incidents that took place in 1997-98 were downgraded. Scientists now believe a more modest event will develop later this year and run through the winter of 2014/2015. Nonetheless, the revised “60-65% chance” forecast… Read more »

Endocrine Disruptor Chemicals — a Serious Health Risk for All, a Potential Opportunity for Business

This is an abstract from the September edition of The Cornerstone JSFB. Subscribers can read the full article here. In our daily lives we are constantly exposed to a large number of chemicals, affecting us and our health – without us even realising it.  These chemicals stem from a broad-range of products we use every… Read more »

Risk Mitigation — the Basis for Chemical Safety

This is an abstract from The Cornerstone JSFB’s September edition. Subscribers can read the full article here. Chemical safety, especially when it comes to our everyday consumer products, is a topic of increasing relevance for the public. Almost weekly, news about food being contaminated, poisonous toys due to use of lead paints or unhealthy indoor… Read more »

Cornerstone Summary of “Earnings Guidance A White Paper from KKS Advisors & the Generation Foundation”

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The fact of the matter is that capital markets have moved away from a long-term mindset and more towards a focus on short-term results. This trend has been well observed by market participants and academics alike, yet the question as to what will serve as a catalyst to reverse the trend remains. To this end, it’s worth highlighting a recently released white paper by The Generation Foundation and KKS Advisors focusing on the impact of regular Earnings Guidance. Thorough examination of the topic leads to the following conclusions….

The Cornerstone Capital Sector Strategy: Incorporating ESG Factors into Media Sector Valuations

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Cornerstone Capital’s sector strategy model is overweight on the MSCI ACWI Consumer Discretionary Index, which contains a number of global media industries including Cable & Satellite (9% of the index’s market cap, the second largest weight after Auto Manufacturers), Movies and Entertainment (7% weight, fourth-largest in the index), and Casinos & Gaming (4% weight, tenth… Read more »

Fantasy Sports – Business Versus Social Implications

ABSTRACT FROM THE CORNERSTONE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE JUNE 2014 EDITION.  Fantasy sports is big business. A fanatic fan base and highly desirable demographic has turned it into a $3 billion industry in just the U.S. and Canada, growing over 12% annually.  The fantasy sports phenomenon caught fire with the advent… Read more »

Feeding Fans Sustainably

ABSTRACT FROM THE CORNERSTONE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE JUNE 2014 EDITION.  When we think about sustainability in the context of the fan experience we take a holistic view of our opportunity and responsibility – from the restaurants supporting the sports events to the ingredients provided by our supply chain.  In doing… Read more »

The Cornerstone Climate Change Conference Call Recap

How should investors respond to the challenges of climate change?  On our June 12th conference call, Cornerstone Capital CEO Erika Karp and John Wilson, Head of Corporate Governance, Engagement and Research, provided investors and corporate constituents with our perspective on this pivotal issue. The Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)… Read more »

A Statement on Climate Change

As global markets digest the implications of the latest move from the Obama Administration, we argue that investors must adapt to the evolving reality of climate change with transparency, engagement and pragmatism.  In this note, John Wilson, Cornerstone’s Head of Corporate Governance, Engagement & Research, articulates our firm’s position on this pivotal issue. Introduction Although… Read more »

“I Bought the Farm!”

ABSTRACT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE MAY 2014 EDITION Whether it was it for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation or the Open Space Institute, I had been buying and selling land to preserve it in perpetuity for historic preservation, habitat protection and recreational use. The work was non-adversarial, amply funded… Read more »

The Other Revolution: The Global Entrepreneurship Revolution

ABSTRACT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE MAY 2014 EDITION. The global entrepreneurship revolution is the key to driving economic prosperity in all our economies.  Today, it is estimated that there are nearly 400 million entrepreneurs starting and running businesses in the 54 economies surveyed by the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor.  And if… Read more »

Unleashing Impact Capital into Public Infrastructure and Building Projects

EXCERPT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE APRIL 2014 EDITION. Our national economy is in a world of hurt when it comes to its very foundation: the public infrastructure and buildings that enable and support economic activity.  Bridges, highways, transit, energy, and environmental infrastructure as well as social infrastructure including healthcare, education… Read more »

Increasing Access to Clean Water in Kenya: The Case for a Social Impact Bond

EXCERPT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE APRIL 2014 EDITION. With limited public funding available for socially and environmentally responsible programs, a variety of initiatives have been developed to attract private capital into sustainable development. Although still in their infancy, social impact bonds (SIBs) offer a promising outlook for sustained public-private partnerships…. Read more »

Cornerstone Roundtable Discussion on the Global Pharmaceuticals Industry

The “Biopharma” Industry The lines between the “pharmaceuticals” and “biotechnology” sectors are becoming increasingly blurred. With 35-40% of the earnings of global large cap pharmaceuticals companies coming from biologics, it is probably more accurate to refer to these companies as operating in the “biopharma” industry. Corporate governance has played a key role in the emergence… Read more »

Trinity River Vision Authority Applies Sustainability Rating and Business Case Analysis to Set Stormwater Management Principles

EXCERPT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE APRIL 2014 EDITION. The financial benefits coupled with the benefits of maintaining the water quality of the lake and canals planned for Panther Island makes a clear case for expanding the use of green infrastructure in North Texas that will benefit the development community and… Read more »

WCX Finalizes Project Principles and Standards

EXCERPT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE APRIL 2014 EDITION. On January 2nd, the West Coast Infrastructure Exchange (WCX) released the final version of “Infrastructure Project Certification –Principles and Framework” which was developed by the WCX Business Standards Committee. The principles and project standards are the first-ever attempt by multiple US states… Read more »

Transportation Facilities Focus on Sustainability at Billion Dollar Scale

EXCERPT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE APRIL 2014 EDITION. When we commute and travel, do we think about the long-term sustainability of the facilities we use? Does it matter that these buildings are efficient and provide healthy environments? Up until now, we have considered multi-modal transit facilities as positive infrastructure since… Read more »

Supply Chain Ethics & Design: Sustainability Becomes Fashionable with Indigenous Fair Trace Tool™

EXCERPT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE MARCH 2014 EDITION. Fashionistas can now see beyond clothing labels for the first time with the Fair Trace Tool™ developed by fair trade fashion company INDIGENOUS. This new tool, in the form of a QR code on hang tags, offers transparency throughout the garment’s supply… Read more »

Sustainable Fashion Design — Could Green be the New Black?

EXCERPT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE MARCH 2014 EDITION. Although March may mean St. Patrick’s Day, that’s not the only reason some apparel companies are hoping you’ll be wearing more “green.”  While child labor and other social concerns have been on the radar screen for a while now, apparel/footwear companies are now… Read more »

Biomimicry: Turning to Nature’s R&D Department to Increase Productivity

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Mature economies have witnessed steadily declining productivity growth since the late ‘90s. Greater efficiencies in major emerging economies have been an offsetting factor, but they, too, are now seeing productivity growth decelerate. The challenge we’re now faced with is not only putting capital to work, but accelerating the flow of capital to innovative, sustainable businesses that in aggregate will help reverse this alarming productivity trend.

The Nature of Investing

EXCERPT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE MARCH 2014 EDITION. In addition to the material bounty provided by our natural world, we also have access to great stores of wisdom that are embedded in natural organisms and natural systems. The principles of biomimicry, Life’s Principles, are not the newest theories: they are… Read more »

Purecircle: Stevia Replacing Nutritive Sweeteners with PureCircle Stevia to Make a Positive Impact on Carbon

EXCERPT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE FEBRUARY 2014 EDITION. It is our vision to lead the global expansion of stevia as the next mass volume natural sweetener and encourage healthier diets through the supply of natural ingredients to the global food and beverage industry.  And it is our mission to scale… Read more »

The “Chinese Dream” Chinese Citizens Dream About Health & Environment Improvement More Than About Their Country Being a Superpower

EXCERPT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE FEBRUARY 2014 EDITION. The “Chinese Dream” has become the most discussed topic today in China. The people of China have their own dreams and observe cautiously all the hype around this slogan, waiting for good reasons to believe in what they are promised. Thirty years… Read more »

Principles for Responsible Investment: Focus on Farmland

EXCERPT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE FEBRUARY 2014 EDITION. In April 2010, Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Supachai Panitchpakdi said: “There is an urgent need to invest more in agriculture both to ensure food security and as the basis for long-term economic development.” To address these… Read more »

Preserving the Rainforest: Sustainable Solutions from the Private Sector

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In order to create a virtuous cycle where forests are essential to sustainable economic growth both for local communities and markets, private investors need to be both catalysts for existing best practices and sources of new forms of sustainable investing initiatives, aiming to preserve and restore the world’s native forests. Transparency over existing practices is a prerequisite for the much needed transition to a sustainable system that simultaneously promotes economic growth and sustainable forestry.

Fibrea: A Leader in Sustainability

EXCERPT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE FEBRUARY 2014 EDITION. Fibria began 2014 by celebrating great achievements. The company was recognized in the 2014 Sustainability Yearbook released by RobecoSAM, which is responsible for the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI). The company received the prestigious Gold Class Sustainability Award for its leadership in… Read more »

A Call to Action

EXCERPT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE FEBRUARY 2014 EDITION. Investors are becoming increasingly aware of supply chain issues in their companies, whether it is through conflict minerals, poor working conditions, deforestation or any number of other concerns, and are focusing on what company management is doing to recognise and address these… Read more »

Applying The Rainforest Standard™ to the World’s Forests

EXCERPT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE FEBRUARY 2014 EDITION. The Rainforest Standard™ is the world’s first forest carbon credit standard to fully integrate requirements and protocols for carbon accounting, socio-cultural/socio-economic impacts, and biodiversity outcomes.  In 2009, Cargill S.A. and other sponsors invested in a unique collaboration among Columbia University’s Center for… 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 »

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 »

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 »

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?

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 »

This week marked the convening of the World Economic Forum’s annual Summit on the Global Agenda held in Abu Dhabi, UAE.  It’s notable this year that the various Global Agenda Councils (GAC) will be moving more closely together to cross-fertilize ideas and initiatives.  Throughout the venue we are reminded of the facts around risks to… Read more »

A Zero Sum Game: Assessing Water Risks in China’s Mega Infrastructure

Extract from the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking, November 2013, written by Cyrus Lotfipour, Emily Chew, and Shuyuan Jin, MSCI ESG Research, a leading provider of in-depth environmental, social& governance research, ratings and analysis, with more than 150 ESG specialists worldwide. Water Scarcity poses an operational risk to companies in the metals, mining,… Read more »

Sustainable Agriculture: When Less is More

Extract from the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking, November 2013, written by Karla Canavan, CAIA, Commercial Director at Bunge Environmental Markets.  The solution to the challenge to feed 10 billion people in 2050 is yet to be seen. However women farmers could trigger a big change and unfold a sustainable solution to the… Read more »

Sustainability Metrics in Executive Pay: The Example of the Energy Sector

Extract from the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking, October 2013, written by Kimberly Gladman, Research Director of the Just Capital Foundation. Amid growing investor interest in the ways that corporations manage sustainability issues, executive pay plans are receiving heightened scrutiny. Many companies say they value environmental and social performance, but do they structure… Read more »

The 3% Solution: Driving Profits Through Carbon Reductions

Extract from the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking, October 2013, written by Chris Fowle, Vice President, Investor Initiatives, CDP. This report from WWF and CDP identifies novel approaches for the private sector to realize significant cost-savings achieved through boosting energy-efficiency measures and transitioning to low-carbon energy sources. In the process, the US corporate… Read more »