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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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June 12, 2017

Colorado Impact Report: Can We Engage Impact Investors at the Community Level?

The Community Wealth Building Network of Metro Denver (CWB) is a burgeoning network comprising individuals and organizations with a shared vision to change the economic paradigm in Metro Denver by focusing on building wealth in economically marginalized communities. The CWB Network got its start following a community wealth building conference held at the Anschutz Medical… Read more »

June 12, 2017

Colorado Impact Report: Impact Investing in a Portfolio Context

The Colorado Impact Report was conceived to shine a light on some of the field-leading work being done, and innovation on display, in the great state of Colorado.  We have a thriving impact investing ecosystem in Colorado, which we expect to continue to grow and develop.  We hope that our experience can provide lessons and… Read more »

June 8, 2017

Making Their Voices Heard: Shareholders Vote for Greater Transparency on Climate Change

While reactions to the US withdrawal from the Paris accord may be dominating headlines, a no less remarkable development in climate change response is occurring at the annual shareholder meetings of US corporations. In a milestone for shareholder advocacy, a majority of shareholders voted in favor of proposals at four energy companies asking for greater… Read more »

May 25, 2017

Advice for Retail Workers in an Automating Age

The “skilling up” of the retail workforce has the potential to enable retail workers to improve their productivity and career prospects, while enabling retail companies to build their future workforces. Purposeful investors can identify these companies and take a long-term investor view to encourage these companies to train and deploy this workforce. The widely reported… Read more »

May 19, 2017

Connecting ‘Laudato Si’ to Impact Investing

On May 5, 2017, I addressed a group of people convened in the Vatican by Cardinal Peter Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.  The subject of the conference was the link between impact investing and the principles outlined in the papal encyclical Laudato Si’ (“Praise Be”): On the Care for our… Read more »

May 17, 2017

Access & Insight Webinar: Our Take on the Markets

Earlier this month we kicked off a new quarterly webinar as part of our Access & Insight series, “Our Take on the Markets.” Cornerstone’s Chief Investment Officer, Phil Kirshman, was joined by Equity Strategist Michael Geraghty, Director of Manager Due Diligence Jennifer Leonard, and special guest Geeta Aiyer, President and Founder of Boston Common, to… Read more »

May 15, 2017

Access & Insight Webinar: The Art of the Possible—Investing to Address Income Inequality

On February 21 Cornerstone Capital Group Research published “The Art of the Possible: Investing to Address Income Inequality,” in which authors John Wilson, Craig Metrick and Sebastian Vanderzeil provided perspective on the factors fueling increasing disparities in both income and opportunity. The report identifies investment opportunities that offer competitive financial returns while helping to address concerns… Read more »

May 11, 2017

Why the Choice Act Is a Threat to Corporate Stewardship

For over 40 years, some shareholders have been protecting the environment, improving working standards and increasing corporate accountability using a little-known but effective tool called a shareholder proposal. But now this tool is threatened by the legislative push to reform financial regulation. Shareholder proposals allow investors to put questions related to a company’s environmental, social… Read more »

May 10, 2017

Proxy Voting for Impact: A Conversation About Corporate Governance in 2017

Something we hear frequently at Cornerstone Capital Group is that you cannot invest for impact in the public markets. There is a sense that public companies like Apple, General Motors or Coca-Cola are too big, too well-established, too focused on short-term profitability perhaps, to have impact. In fact, nothing can be further from the truth…. Read more »

May 8, 2017

Partnering with Rutgers and the G&A Institute

21st Century executives and their teams need the skills, networks, and increased expertise to achieve important CSR, sustainability, environmental, social and community impact goals while delivering value to their organization, investors and other key stakeholders. The Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership, in partnership with the Governance & Accountability Institute, Inc., offers a two-day, deep dive… Read more »