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November 21, 2016

JSFB November Edition: “Proximity”

“Proximity” is a central question for so many sectors and for the capital markets.  As policy proposals and realities evolve, and while uncertainty and volatility will persist, there is no doubt that macro and structural trends in the US and Global markets are bigger and more powerful than any administration or regulatory regime over the… Read more »

September 28, 2016

“Loyal Opposition”

We must look at complex issues from different perspectives while acknowledging that diverse viewpoints strengthen the quality of the debate.

July 27, 2016

“Explorations & Aspirations”

From innovations in food safety, to Bitcoin and maritime finance, we examine new tools to assess materiality and drive progress.

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    The Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking (JSFB) is an on-line forum featuring voices from a range of disciplines bringing their unique perspectives on progress towards a regenerative and inclusive global economy. JSFB contributors include thought leaders from the capital markets, private sector, non-governmental organizations and academia, highlighting breakthroughs in science and technology, best practices in environmental stewardship, social progress and effective governance, and creative ideas for advancement of responsible long-term economic development.
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    September 28, 2016

    To “B” or Not to “B”: The Power of Corporate Form

    Corporate form has the power to effect significant and desperately needed change. Corporate form serves as the very backbone of our society, shaping the actions of the most powerful institutions of our time (corporations) and providing the functional framework for the behavior of virtually all men and women who work around the world. Therefore, I believe that corporate form can be a very effective extra‑governmental tool for solving the crises.

    September 28, 2016

    Hillel’s Voice

    In reflecting on the future of capitalism, we draw from wisdom of the great scholar Hillel, who was said to not only advance his own thoughts, but those of his opposition. It is in that context that we revisit an article first published in Forbes a couple of years ago: “Sustainable Capitalism… If not now, then when?”

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    September 28, 2016

    Think Locally, Act Globally

    A funny thing happened on the way to the Paris Agreement. Globalization, environmentalism’s worst enemy, became the planet’s best hope.

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    September 28, 2016

    Solving for Nonfinancial Data as Part of the Investor’s Mosaic: Meeting with the NYSSA and CFA Institute

    Bloomberg, the NYSSA and The CFA Institute recently held a sustainable investing conference titled “Sustainability and Value – Using Data and Valuation to Drive Returns.” The day included panel discussions from a variety of participants including the Chief Investment Officer of the State of Connecticut, institutional asset managers, a partner from Jeff Skoll’s family office, Capricorn Investment Group, a professor from Yale and Stanford Universities, and sustainability professionals from Waste Management, Huntsman Corp. and Lockheed Martin.

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    August 3, 2016

    A Video Interview with BlackRock’s Edkins on “The Shareholder Alignment Frontier” (SAF)

    We are pleased to share a recent video interview with Blackrock’s Michelle Edkins and Cornerstone’s John Wilson in which we discuss the value of the “Shareholder Alignment Frontier TM (SAF).” The SAF is a tool inside Cornerstone’s proprietary framework which was specifically developed to help companies make the business case for improved stakeholder relationships through shareholder engagement thus building value for the long term

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    July 27, 2016

    JSFB Summer Edition: “Explorations and Aspirations”

    This month in the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance and Banking (JSFB), we consider an array of subjects ranging from “smart contracts” in the blockchain to empowering investors with sharper measurement tools. And ultimately, we hope to go beyond “sustainability,” and move towards value creation and regeneration through capitalism.

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    July 27, 2016

    Exploring the Challenges in Maritime Financing

    What would happen if the traditional investors in maritime financing downsized their commitment to funding the construction or secondary sale and purchase of the ships that the global economy relies on for international trade? It could be reality, if the current apathy towards the industry continues and alternatives are not sought. In this article we explore the possibilities, including the role alternative finance may play.

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    July 27, 2016

    Bitcoin and Ethereum: Exploring How Smart Contracts Work

    Blockchain-based smart contracts have generated ample buzz recently as they could eventually build entirely autonomous organizations, enable self-regulated peer-to-peer insurance models, and facilitate the renting of all internet-connected things. This article explores how smart contracts work.

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    July 27, 2016

    Enhancing Food and Feed to Boost Nutrition Efficiency

    Technology has changed the world — yet our diets are behind the times, especially when it comes to efficiency. We base our diets on calories, not nutrients, and our food conversion leaves a lot of unhelpful material inside the body and a lot of waste.

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    July 27, 2016

    Decision-making in a Context of Uncertainty – Why Investors Should Look at Forced Labor in Their Portfolios

    Forced labor is a risk that can affect shareholders drastically, in light of increasing regulation, litigation, media and consumer attention. In order to make informed investment and active ownership decisions, investors need access to information on how well companies are addressing forced labor risks.