Posts Categorized: Social “S”

Retail Automation: Stranded Workers? Opportunities and risks for labor and automation

Executive summary (download full report here) The retail landscape is experiencing unprecedented change in the face of disruptive forces, one of the most recent and powerful being the rapid rise of automation in the sector. The World Economic Forum predicts that 30-50% of retail jobs are at risk once known automation technologies are fully incorporated…. Read more »

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.

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

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.

Sustainable Investing: Addressing the Myth of Underperformance

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.

Dissecting the “Sharing Economy:” Business model opportunities and risks

Between Uber’s $50 billion valuation, Etsy’s IPO and the large venture capital infusions into Airbnb, the “sharing economy” is transitioning from a social movement to a large-scale commercial business model.

Regional and Sector Strategy: May Update

We are now underweight the most cyclically sensitive sectors: Industrials, Materials, Energy. While we upgrade the CEEMEA region to Neutral from Underweight — in large part because of an improved earnings outlook — this likely reflects a modest rebound in oil prices, which remain 40% below year-ago levels.

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

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 »

Regional and Sector Strategy: April Update

We continue to have a defensive tilt in our regional recommendations, and are Underweight the commodity-rich regions of Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEEMEA) and Latin America …

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.

The Economics of Automation: Quick Serve Restaurant Industry

Increasing cost pressure. Labor and food represent a significant portion of restaurants’ cost structure. While these inputs have been relatively predictable in the past, the twin threats of rising wages and increasingly volatile food prices suggest a more challenging environment ahead. It’s not clear that cost inflation can be consistently offset by raising menu prices, so companies are considering new strategies to protect margins . . .

Regional and Sector Strategy: March Update

Our regional strategy is unchanged. We continue to have a defensive tilt in our regional recommendations, and are Underweight the commodity-rich regions of CEEMEA and Latin America. Japan continues to be the top-ranked country. Over the past twelve months, share buybacks in Japan have been the largest of any country / region, the first time that country has been the global buyback leader since we launched the regional model in April 2014. We highlight changes in the Energy suggesting, perhaps, that stock prices in the sector have not fallen as fast as earnings estimates . . .

Towards Decent Jobs and Sustainable Business: the Long Road Ahead for Walmart

Walmart surprised the markets last week when it announced, along with its year-end results, a salary increase for 500,000 of its employees, raising company minimum wages to $9 per hour in April 2015 (bringing the average wage to $13) and $10 per hour beginning February 2016. The retail giant’s financial results were otherwise unremarkable, with… Read more »

The Social Costs of Business: Implications for Sector Strategy

Executive Summary The social responsibility of business — In pursuit of the goal of increasing profits, businesses incur costs to nurture relationships with key stakeholders: local communities, suppliers and their workers, the company’s own employees, customers.  Some of these costs are straightforward; others are tougher to quantify.  To be sure, many business‑stakeholder relationships have benefits too…. Read more »

Income Inequality: Market Mechanism or Market Failure?

Tools to assess corporate performance and enhance investment decisions Income inequality is a normal feature of a free market economy. However, in recent years, it has been on the rise in most developed countries and has reached relatively high levels, especially in the US. Extreme income inequality affects economic growth prospects and societal stability. It… Read more »

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

“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 »

A Closer Looks at GMOs

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?

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 »

SustainableGames.com

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

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 »

Ebola as a Challenge to Health and Investment

The latest Ebola outbreak has killed at least 1,200 people and probably infected 3,000 to 4,000 more across several West African countries, making it the biggest on record. From an initial start in Guinea, the focus of this deadly virus has shifted to Liberia and Sierra Leone (with limited numbers in Nigeria and Senegal), devastating… Read more »

Making the Case for Intrinsic Motivation

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.   We are in the middle of a radical transformation of the workplace as it becomes much more fluid and dynamic. By 2020, Intuit reports that 40% of us will… 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 »

Accelerating Impact in Real Asset Investing

Written by James Lee, James Schaffer and Jaclyn Anku, Schaffer & Combs As the nation’s housing market rebounds, investors have taken notice. But with many still scarred from the protracted economic downturn, questions about risk remain.  But what if a real asset investing strategy could earn market-rate returns while simultaneously improving local communities?  OpenPath Investments,… Read more »

CCG Leases New Space at The Alliance Center

Cornerstone Capital Inc. has reached an agreement to become one of the earliest for-profit tenants at The Alliance Center in Denver and will participate in the building’s Grand Reopening festivities on Aug. 14th. The space will accommodate the firm’s new Investment Management practice. “We are pleased to have been able to find the perfect space to house… Read more »

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

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….

What is Shareholder Engagement… Why is it Important?

The article by Susan Baker and Jonas Kron provides a fascinating example of how Trillium Asset Management has used its influence as an investor to impact corporate policies on an important social issue. But is Trillium’s story an outlier or part of a trend? Do companies change their governance practices in response to input from shareholders? If so, why? And more importantly, does it benefit the bottom line?

Confirmation Bias in the Investment Process

The ancient Greek historian, Thucydides, wrote, “It is a habit of mankind . . . to use sovereign reason to thrust aside what they do not fancy.” The phenomenon to which he speaks manifests itself in all walks of life, from politics to religion and investing. Today, this concept is termed “confirmation bias” and refers to the tendency of people to favor information that confirms their beliefs or hypotheses….

How Purpose-Driven Programs Can Solve the Employee Engagement Problem

The ripple effect of Gallup’s recent research on the State of the Workplace continues to widen. Their report basically indicted companies globally for their inattention to criticality of an engaged and motivated employee base. Based on their research, only 13% of employees worldwide are actively engaged in their work. For the U.S. alone, they assert,… Read more »

Open Hiring: A Culture of Training and Learning

Greyston celebrated its 32nd Anniversary this year and we are extremely proud of our heritage as a pioneering social enterprise. Over these past thirty-two years the concepts of social entrepreneurship, conscious capitalism and environmental sustainability have become common terminology in many business and political circles. What has not changed is the inability for individuals with… Read more »

Top Sports, Media & Entertainment Brands: A Focus on ESG Metrics

ABSTRACT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE JUNE 2014 EDITION Since 2009, Bloomberg has been uploading key corporate ESG metrics to its database from companies’ own financial and sustainability reports. They have over 800 data points – 10 to 12 are considered key ESG metrics for all companies to disclose to the capital markets.  Sustainability… Read more »

The Last Ship

I am a producer of Broadway musicals who has been nurturing my obsession with the form since appearing in my first musical, a temple Purim play, in the fourth grade. Instead of repeating the Old Testament story of Queen Esther, our ingenious director juxtaposed our Jewish heroine’s quest to save the Jews from the evil… Read more »

Embracing the New Market Opportunity: LGBT+A

The traditional courting of the “gay market” ignores a much larger market opportunity. LGBT friends and family i.e. Allies, are showing their support not only as citizens, but also as consumers — making purchasing decisions that align with their views on LGBT equality. The latest estimates (2012) put the total buying power of the adult LGBT population at nearly $800B. When you add Allies, that number is far greater. This is the “LGBT+A” market.

Jazz Inspired Finance

Imagine if capitalism could harness the power of communication, collaboration and culture. Imagine if capitalism could serve its best and highest purpose of driving global economic prosperity. Imagine if capitalism were in the hands of leaders who strive for both long-term corporate profitability and to meet the needs of society for better nutrition, healthcare, education,… Read more »

The Last Ship

ABSTRACT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE JUNE 2014 EDITION The Last Ship is about finding pride in our work. Work that gives purpose to our lives. Work that helps forge our identity and contributes something tangible to society. It’s about community and being responsible to each other. It is our contribution to the… Read more »

Principles of Responsible Gaming

A Chinese proverb says, “If you must play, decide upon three things at the start: the rules of the game, the stakes, and the quitting time.” Unfortunately, in not heeding this advice, some casual gamblers find themselves grappling with gambling addiction. Partly because of the well-documented adverse effects of compulsive gambling, a subset of ethics-based investors exclude gaming companies, along with other “sin stocks,” from their investment universe…

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 »

Sports Analytics for the Masses

ABSTRACT FROM THE CORNERSTONE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE JUNE 2014 EDITION.  Professional tennis players now sparring on Centre Court at Wimbledon have likely scrutinized every part of their game – from stance, to serving strength to baseline maneuvers — with a team of coaches at the ready. But what of the… Read more »

Governance & the NFL

ABSTRACT FROM THE CORNERSTONE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE JUNE 2014 EDITION. In sports, fixing the game is the ultimate sin, and all sports leagues work hard to prevent contests from being decided by anything other than the skill and the effort of the players and coaches. No sport survives for long if it does not make the delight of its fans its central purpose…

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 Power of Sports: From the Field to the Business World

ABSTRACT FROM THE CORNERSTONE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE JUNE 2014 EDITION.  As you bring your daughter to her sports clinics this weekend, to Tae Kwon Do or swimming or soccer, or wherever else her passion lies, celebrate. She’s not just playing. She’s not just exercising. She’s actually building critical life skills, such… Read more »

A Focus on India

The outlook for Indian equities likely remains supportive. GDP is a key driver of corporate profits in India and, as noted, GDP estimates have started to trend up. Moreover, given current low capacity utilization rates and margins near historic lows, a modest improvement in profit margins could result in a meaningful boost to earnings. In terms of valuation, the Indian market is currently trading at around 15x one year forward earnings, which is in line with historical averages.

More Than a Game: Football Fans & Nationalism

ABSTRACT FROM THE CORNERSTONE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE JUNE 2014 EDITION.  It is conclusively clear from this discussion that football is an example of the interaction between the local and the global in regards to both to the globalization of the sport and to the impact that the game’s globalizing has… Read more »

The Role of Media in India’s Election Outcome

ABSTRACT FROM THE CORNERSTONE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE JUNE 2014 EDITION.  The failings of India’s media during this election are symptoms of deeper ailments.  Most media companies are family owned.  Their decisions are driven more by personal and historical animosities, or agendas, than by long-term business strategies.  Those few that are… Read more »

Let’s Dance: The Virtuous Cycle of Creativity

Mom and Dad would be proud. It only took 24 years from when I received my Bachelor of Music degree to locate the convergence between fine arts and sustainable finance. Sustainable practices in entertainment and media are perhaps not as obviously critical as they might be in extractive industries, food services, or manufacturing. What is… Read more »

Business of CSR and Sustainability in India

ABSTRACT FROM THE CORNERSTONE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE JUNE 2014 EDITION.  Four years ago, a good friend and a very senior government colleague here in India, Pravir Kumar, asked me to weigh the prospects of getting into the area of CSR. Given that his thoughts and ideas were way ahead of… Read more »

Par for the Course?

The modern game of golf has come a long way from its humble beginnings in 15th-century Scotland, and its fans are some of the most ardent of any sport. Ironically, it is golf’s deep-rooted traditions that have left it struggling to adapt to structural shifts, and the industry is now facing declining interest in many… Read more »

PIP’n Good

I’ve been on a mission for close to half my life — to figure out how best to steer individuals toward more socially mindful daily life choices. Because really, from the coffee you brew in the morning to the way you get to work, your everyday decisions have an impact — on the environment, on… Read more »

Where Should “Human Capital” Fit in the Sustainability Agenda?

ABSTRACT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE MAY 2014 EDITION  If people are a firm’s “most important asset” – as CEOs repeatedly proclaim – why are they only reported as costs? What are the problems caused by this mismatch, and what would ameliorate them? In light of this, what actions can and… Read more »

The Work of an Entrepreneur: Dream Maker — Dream Killer

ABSTRACT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE MAY 2014 EDITION. Successfully managing the dissonance between unwavering commitment to your vision and the plan, and accurately reading the business signals that forewarn trouble is the entrepreneur’s perpetual challenge. False negatives and false positives are coming at you in a steady stream. Overreacting and… 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 »

PIP’n Good

ABSTRACT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE MAY 2014 EDITION I’ve been on a mission for close to half my life — to figure out how best to steer individuals toward more socially mindful daily life choices. Because really, from the coffee you brew in the morning to the way you get… Read more »

Where Angels Fear to Tread: Entrepreneurs Rush In, But Investors Don’t

ABSTRACT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE MAY 2014 EDITION Co-Authored by Robert D. Lamb and Sadika Hameed, Program on Crisis, Conflict and Cooperation at the Center for Strategic and International Studies A teenage girl sews some clothes and sells them to a vendor at the local market, grows her business, and eventually… 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 »

Smoke & Mirrors: The E-Cigarette Conference Call Highlights

Recent announcements by the Food and Drug Administration to regulate e-cigarettes are significant for the future of the $1.2 billion industry, not just because of the material impact of future regulations, but also because of the impact of the public debate and media discourse on the topic.  The FDA’s focus is on banning sales to… 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 »

Social Stock Exchanges: Democratizing Impact Investing

EXCERPT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE APRIL 2014 EDITION. While impact investing is still far from being an accessible opportunity for the general population, investor demand for greater liquidity and platforms such as Kiva and Kickstarter make it clear that the potential for involving retail investors in the sector is immense…. Read more »

ChurchillsVoice.com

Among the many extraordinarily articulate statements from Winston Churchill is one which has exceptional resonance in today’s global economy and to today’s investment imperatives.  In the mid-1940’s after the Battle of Britain when the House of Commons was being rebuilt following the bombings, Churchill made the statement: “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.”… Read more »

Global Diversity Leadership Exchange

On Thursday, March 27th, Erika Karp participated in The Global Diversity Leadership Exchange “Connecting Cultures & Corporate Value” in the “Establishing New Measures of Success” session at the United Nations Headquarters.  Some highlights are available by the American Sustainable Business Council, click here to read the commentary.   The Session Topic: We have often heard the mantra… Read more »

E-Cigarettes. A Positive Disruption to the Market and Health or a Distraction?

The introduction of e-cigarettes (e-cigs) has acutely disrupted the tobacco product/nicotine marketplace.  As of 2013, Citi estimates that just under half of the 42 million smokers in the US have tried an e-cig.  And, while e-cigs currently account for only 1% of overall US cigarette industry volumes, global e-cig sales have rapidly increased to $1… Read more »

#TheBigShift – Systems Innovation: Changing Systems, Changing the Future

A recent event in New York City, organized by the Guardian and Forum for the Future, drew attention to a major challenge on the road to a sustainable economy: system innovation, or how to create a large-scale system change to make a difference1. Sustainable and social entrepreneurs, activists and business representatives gathered in New York for half a day of discussion and brainstorming, including the United Nations’ Global Compact, Ecovative, TheRules.org, and others….

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 »

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 »

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 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 »

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 »

Changing Dynamics of the Family

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 »

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

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 »

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 »

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 »

Living in Regulatory Purgatory

Extract from the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking, November 2013, written by Diane B. Glossman, an independent Director at Powa Technologies, WMI Holdings, and Ambac Assurance. Ultimately companies and industries cannot be regulated into behaving well: ethical mores have to be established by senior managements and become ingrained throughout organizations from within.

“Embrace the Grey”

Extract from the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking, October 2013 written by Erika Karp, Founder & CEO of Cornerstone Capital Inc. and Derek Yach, Chairman of the Board of Cornerstone Capital Inc. and SVP of the Vitality Group, Discovery Holdings Ltd. The path to progress is not a straight line. And in fact,… Read more »

The Universal Pictures Film: “42”

In the middle of the recent film “42” by Universal Pictures, the Brooklyn Dodgers Owner Branch Rickey played by Harrison Ford says to his partner at the opening game of the 1947 Major League Baseball (MLB) season: “Another opening day Harold…All future, no past.”  This movie, an homage to legendary barrier-breaking baseball player Jackie Robinson,… 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 »