We recently conducted interviews internally with Cornerstone Capital staff and externally with thought leaders in the finance and foundation fields to gather opinions about the nexus of market-based solutions (i.e., traditional for-profit investment via the capital markets) and philanthropy.
The quality of country-level governance affects corporate governance and, thus, firm value. In this report we update our composite index rankings.
The imperative for an effective response to climate change only grows following the hottest year on record. Climate investing faces risks in 2017, particularly from the incoming US administration, but nuanced opportunities exist for positive environmental and social impact coupled with attractive potential returns.
On September 1, 2016, MSCI added Real Estate as a new sector, increasing the number of GICS sectors to 11. The Real Estate sector’s ESG risk profile is likely among the highest of the GICS sectors.
Given the outlook for reflation and reduced regulatory oversight that has taken hold in the US following the recent elections, we are fine-tuning our sector strategy…
While reverberations of the surprise US electoral outcome will unfold for quite some time, at Cornerstone Capital Group we wanted to take a moment to consider the landscape in which we and our clients operate in the field of sustainable finance.
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.
On October 20, the Detroit Health Department announced an investigation into two cases of Hepatitis A potentially linked to Whole Foods’ stores. Whole Foods contacted the Detroit Health Department to report one of the cases, while the second case has not been definitively linked to Whole Foods. While we view the reporting of this incident to health officials as positive, we have concerns about the grocery chain’s food safety preparedness given its exposure to prepared/ready-to-eat food and its lack of food safety disclosure.
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.