The ability to independently travel from location to location based on nothing more than a simple desire to move about freely is a powerful and historical concept that breeds individuality, builds personal character, and spurs innovation through the free exchange of ideas and cultures. Personal mobility has long been quintessential in the development of the United States, especially when considering the early 19th and 20th centuries where transportation slowly evolved from the stage coach, to railroads, to streetcars and subway systems….
Oftentimes, the way a corporation responds to a crisis ultimately leads to a binary outcome: the company stumbles and fails to survive or, alternatively, it responds effectively and thrives. As the focus on sustainability continues to grow, it’s likely that corporate crises will increasingly involve ESG issues. While most crises are idiosyncratic in nature, in some instances there are commonalities, both in terms of the precipitating factors and the responses of the companies involved. It’s for this reason that analyzing successful responses to prior crises can be enlightening for managements and investors….
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.
For better or worse, we live in a culture in which the coveted social label, “cool,” drives fickle fashion and retailing tastes, molds entertainment and media content, and sets the cultural lexicon. What’s cool generally equates to what’s relevant right now. Yet as the corporate sustainability and impact investing movement scales, a new class of… Read more »
This month in the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking (JSFB), we consider the extent to which the global markets have been able to absorb the cross-currents of macro, micro and structural factors with a good deal of resilience. In addition, we pay very special attention to “natural capital” this month by highlighting the value of the world’s forests and ways in which the capital markets can facilitate their protection….
Unbeknownst to many consumers, the supply chain that facilitates the delivery of those delectable heart-shaped chocolates is facing significant challenges. Should these challenges go unresolved, the future of chocolate may not be so sweet. The large majority of cocao is grown on small family farms that often use unsophisticated, labor-intensive farming practices. Poor yields are demonstrative of poor or inexistent educational systems and inadequate knowledge of modern farming techniques.
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.
Janet Yellen was sworn in as the Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve on February 3rd and gave her first testimony before Congress the following week. As expected, the plan is to stick to the script. Yellen did not provide new insight into the Fed’s QE taper and she deemed “the… Read more »
2013 was a stellar year for stocks — the S&P 500 reached new highs and finished with a gain of 30%. Other developed markets performed well too — the MSCI All Country World Index (ACWI) rose 23% — but the MSCI Emerging Markets index fell 3%. As for 2014, we started the year with a dip begging the question of whether a material correction might be in store, as some observers have predicted….