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Precision: Bolstering the Pipeline of Women Business Leaders

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Given the remarkable businesswomen surrounding you today, would you believe that women still aren’t adequately represented in MBA programs? It’s unfortunately true. Fifteen years ago, Catalyst and the University of Michigan researched why this is the case. They discovered myths and misperceptions women have about business school and business careers that inspired us to launch the Forté Foundation. Since 2001, we’ve worked to drive greater gender balance in business schools—and increase the number of women business leaders overall.

The Value of Deconstruction

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Language has incredible power to influence thought, and vice versa. It’s not illogical to conclude that calling an effort corporate social responsibility, or sustainability, or citizenship, will dramatically impact the attention and resources dedicated to the effort or the perception of its value to a given stakeholder group, say, investors.

A Catalyst for Collaboration in Water Tech Innovation

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California is in the midst of a record-setting drought, which includes the lowest precipitation for any 12-month period, the highest annual temperature, and the most extreme drought indicators in more than 100 years of record. For the first time in 75 years, the California Department of Water Resources found no snow on the Philips snow course in Sierra Nevada and traditionally, snowpack is at its peak in early April each year. How does the public sector address the “new normal” of increasing water scarcity through innovative technology and policies? An example from Singapore illustrates one approach.

Cracking the Affordable Housing Market in India

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In Mumbai, the booming economic capital of India with nearly 20 million people, housing issues are particularly acute. Over half the city lives in slums, according to the census. Yet, in the past 20 years, only 200,000 housing units have been produced under government schemes. When the head of Lafarge’s affordable housing initiative in India visited our small office in Dharavi — a settlement known as Mumbai’s largest slum — we had no idea it would be the beginning of an adventure leading us to break through huge economic and cultural firewalls.

Is Investing in Ocean Health a Key to Our Urban Future?

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Today, half of the world’s people live in cities. By 2050, three out of four people will be urban citizens. This reality makes smart urban development one of our biggest opportunities for a more resilient, sustainable future — a future where people and nature are connected and thriving together. To be successful, we have to do a significantly better job of investing in innovative solutions in our natural environment. This is an all-hands-on-deck moment for engineers, urban planners, community leaders, ecologists and investors.

CarbonCount: A Quantitative Impact Scoring System for “Green” Bonds

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It should be a watershed year for the “de-carbonization” of the US power sector, with record volumes of coal-fired capacity to be shuttered, renewables capacity to be built, and natural gas to be consumed. The result: CO2 emissions from the power sector should drop to their lowest level since 1994. So how might we persuade investors to capitalize on opportunities in clean energy technology and accelerate the market for green bonds?

CarbonCount™ is a new metric that evaluates bond investments in US energy-efficiency and renewable-energy projects based on the expected reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions resulting from each $1,000 of investment.

Giving Fiduciaries a Hand with Infrastructure Due Diligence

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About five years ago a large number of planners, designers, architects, and engineers were gathered at a conference hosted by the Zofnass Program for Sustainability at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. The theme of the conference was Infrastructure Sustainability. There were more than a dozen distinguished speakers including a director of research for a prominent rating agency. His remarks were preceded by panels of experts in sustainable design. Each speaker, including the author of this article, was convinced that they were doing their part to change the world, one high-impact infrastructure project at a time. It was a love-fest.

Smart Transportation: The Urban Life Force

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Life force represents our sense of vitality; it’s the thing that separates the living from the nonliving. In our cities, our collective life force is demonstrated by the quality of our lives, as measured by the health of our society, economy, and our relationship to the environment; indeed, transportation is the vital force that spurs continued growth and well-being for communities.

UmamiFinance.com: Flavor is Information

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One of the primary focuses of the emerging field of Culinary Science is flavor. Flavor is a multifaceted and dynamic perception that conveys information about our cultures, our environment and our individuality. The food industry is interested in understanding flavor because it is integral to developing successful healthier products for emerging, maturing, and ageing consumer segments. The research community is interested in flavor because it is an ideal entrée to the brain, one of the final frontiers of science …

The Japan Founders Index

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Corporate governance in Japan seems to have improved since the Global Financial Crisis of 2008. Several important developments have occurred, which should improve shareholder returns and how corporations are run. Last year, the newly introduced JPX‐Nikkei 400 Index made it clear that a return on equity of 8% or better was needed for inclusion. This is a very clever way to use Japan’s shame culture to force underperforming companies into taking not-so-popular actions, such as firing employees …

Necessity is the Mother of Invention: How a Culture Steeped in Tradition Deals with Change

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In September 2013, I visited the 150-year-old sake brewer Fujii Shuzo, in Takehara city, an old town in Hiroshima prefecture. Ryusei, Fujii’s premium sake, is carefully hand-brewed without the use of chemicals and is known as one of the best sakes in Japan. A couple of months later my family ended up buying Fujii but at the time of my first visit, I had no idea it was even for sale. There are about 1,600 sake brewers in Japan. Usually buying a sake company is virtually impossible. Most are owned by wealthy and respected families …

Mind of the Beginner

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The martial arts are split. There are two distinct factions, the Classical and the Modern. Each will claim that their approach is perfect and fits all needs. They are both wrong.
When you imagine the all-white uniforms with the colored belts you are envisioning the Classical style. When you watch people fighting in a cage, you are witnessing the Modern. Classical martial arts, as in all classical arts, is an attempt to precisely reproduce what has come before. Interpretation will come later (much later). Exactness is the goal – and the beauty – of a classical art.

Post-Crises, Japan is a Good Investment

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Japan is a country built on reinvention. Even in the most dire circumstances, be it nuclear attack, tsunami or economic recession, its leaders have a history of “bending adversity” repeatedly into prosperous new beginnings. Most recently, after decades of economic stagnation, Japan awoke from its slumber under the energetic leadership …

Corporate Governance in Japan: A Developing Story

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What is going on in the universe of corporate governance in Japan today seems revolutionary compared with slow discussions of many years in the past. I can see two distinguished differences. First, the present movement is wholly due to the leadership of the Government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Each ministry and stock market including the FSA (Financial Services Agency), TSE (Tokyo Stock Exchange) …

Moving Beyond Board Composition: Why Gender Diversity Matters to Investors

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Over the past years, much of the research and discussions about gender diversity have revolved around board diversity. There are indeed a lot of studies on how businesses perform better with gender-diverse boards. When analyzing gender composition within the lower ranks of a company, RobecoSAM came across interesting data points indicating a decline of the female talent pool when moving from junior positions to senior ones.

Gender Gap = Leadership Gap

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The World Economic Forum in Davos just ended, and with it came news that the gender gap is alive and well, especially in the United States, which is ranked behind Nicaragua, Burundi and Latvia, just to name a few.

Now in its ninth year, the Gender Gap Index, developed by the Forum, shows progress on many fronts — but it also shows that the gap persists in terms of women’s advancement into leadership in both the private and public sectors.

The Importance of Sustainable SMEs and the Role of Women Leading this Movement

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As a female entrepreneur leading a social good startup focused on growing the global marketplace for sustainable products and services through data and insights, I’ve been amazed at how many women I’ve met who are now engaged in leading values-based companies focused on one or more facets of sustainability. And by incorporating an emergent social impact business model, they are not using traditional non-profit structures to do so, but are instead integrating these values in for-profit companies that leverage capitalism for good, which I fully embrace.

Women-Led SMEs and the Finance Challenge

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Women represent a powerful source of economic growth and opportunity. They produce more than half of the world’s food and control about $20 trillion in consumer spending. However, financial exclusion holds back many women from participating in the economy and from improving their lives and those of their families.

Women in emerging markets face a range of barriers and constraints to benefiting fully from financial services. The Global Findex, a comprehensive database measuring how people save, borrow, and manage risk in 148 countries . . .

Applying a Gender Lens to Philanthropically Committed Capital

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In the United States, nearly $1 trillion is committed to philanthropy — sitting in foundations, donor-advised funds and elsewhere. Donors, in most cases, have transferred ownership of these funds to separate entities and received their tax deductions. Only a small percentage of those funds is expended on charitable donations for the general public good. Rather, the great majority of those resources are invested for a financial return without regard to their impact on society in general and women and minorities, in particular . . .

Venture Capital: Closing the Gender Gap

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More than fifteen years ago, in 1998, as a second-year Harvard Business School student, I conducted a year-long field study on American women entrepreneurs’ access to equity capital — and in particular, venture capital. At that time, according to sources ranging from Venture One to the Small Business Administration, Women-Owned Businesses (WOBs) raised 2-2.5% of the venture capital financing in this country. This was a dismal state of affairs . . .

Accelerating Investments in Women through Certification

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W+ represents a new and innovative option for a certification system that channels measureable and verifiable benefits directly to women and women’s organizations in developing nations. The W+ Standard is designed to incentivize investments in women’s empowerment through a system that both measures results and puts money into the hands of women . . .

Why Investing in Women is a Business Imperative

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Currently, women own a ridiculously small percentage of the world’s assets. While entrepreneurship is not the only solution to this challenge, it is one of the best ways for women to build wealth while also creating jobs for others. It is in our collective interests to do everything we can to support women who are willing to take the risk of starting and growing a business . . .

Feminism or Genderism: Which is the Right Way?

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While working for the UN and with Pakistani Army generals (coordinating local relief and recovery following the 2005 earthquake), I did a lot of learning, principally about gender planning. I saw the issue not through the lens of feminism, but through the lens of effective planning. Gender issues are only ‘mainstreamed’ when ‘gender’ is not the issue . . .

A Fresh Spotlight on Responsible Investment Practices

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It is generally accepted that the finance industry has been lagging behind other industries in terms of adopting sustainability practices. This is particularly true when it comes to product development, one of the most material sustainability issues. Could greater transparency provide an effective mechanism to spur the industry into action?

Bringing Transparency to Social Impact Networks at Scale

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Transparency, the theme of this journal’s issue, is at the core of sustainable finance. But why does the concept of transparency in philanthropy matter? Why should we care, for example, about articulating the assumptions that go into making grants, sharing publicly the processes that determine the beneficiaries and the amount they receive?

Transparency in Banking – Delivering a Sustainable Banking Scorecard

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A sustainable real economy meeting the long-term needs of society requires a sustainable financial system. Stakeholders in the financial system should be able to transparently assess the extent to which a bank has a sustainability focused business model as well as the impact of this focus on the bank’s financial returns and its risk profile….

Russia’s Shift Toward the East

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Vladimir Putin has been consecrated as the “No 1 enemy” of the year in 2014 by Western countries. Initially favored among American officials during his first two terms (2000-2008) for his economic reforms and solidarity in the war on terror, Putin is now depicted by Western media as the dominant threat against Western interests and the advancement of liberal values abroad….

Pirelli: A Story of ESG Integration & Performance

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Transparency is the first step in any sustainability strategy. In fact, several of the sustainability ratings agencies grade companies specifically on their disclosure and transparency. Internally, being transparent about environmental, social and governance issues allows a company to diagnose weaknesses, set targets, and engage employees in a common effort to improve.

Transparency and Physical Commodity Markets: It Doesn’t Need to be Complicated

If we provide a robust solution for the physicals trade, robust and meaningful data will follow.

To a physical commodities trader, Eddy Murphy’s down-and-out character in 1983’s film “Trading Places” became a futures trader, a speculator, and a paper trader. To him, I would be described as a cash trader, a physicals trader or spot trader (despite frequency or negotiating long-term, forward contracts), who focuses on the underlying market….

Historical Transparency: Learning from Heritage at Levi Strauss & Co.

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As the Historian for Levi Strauss & Co., I have an unusual challenge — making the past relevant to a company developing innovative new products and building a promising future. How do I make 161 years of heritage connect to current initiatives? By creating inspiring experiences with authentic company artifacts layered with deep story telling……

New Ideas on Water from Lyonnaise des Eaux

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As droughts and water shortages have plagued global communities, the main environmental concern in France is pollution and the scarcity of water resources, ranking just behind global warming related to greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, 87% of the French population are convinced that they have a role to play in water protection, and 58% of them think they are responsible for water pollution. Whereas the infrastructure to produce and distribute water, built in the nineteenth century in France, allowed easy access to water for all, the twenty first century is clearly marked by increasing environmental concerns.

China & Russia: Policies and Markets

Cornerstone Capital Group hosted a call on Jan. 12 with geopolitical expert, Lionel Vairon, CEO of CEC Consulting. Dr. Vairon spoke about implications for the global economy given closer ties between Russia and China – including likely developments in energy, politics and the financial sector. Click below to listen to the call.   Dr. Lionel… Read more »

“Legitimacy” in the Banking Sector

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Earnings and valuation uncertainty – In a post Global Financial Crisis world, investors are questioning long-term earnings and valuation prospects for the banking sector. Tougher regulation, particularly on capital, liquidity and structure, are exerting pressure on the traditional banking business and clouding the outlook for investors….

A Virtuous Circle of Corporate Excellence Drives Sustainable Value

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Praxair, Inc. (NYSE: PX) is a Fortune 250, $12 billion global industrial gas company headquartered in Danbury, CT. It is the largest industrial gas company in the Americas and operates in more than 50 countries. Praxair consistently leads the industry in profitability and return on capital through a culture of operational excellence, capital discipline and… Read more »

Navigating the Recycling Industry

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My journey to the recycling world, is a circuitous one primarily driven by environmental and social motives. A child of immigrants from India and the UK, and one of six children, I never sought easy answers. We came from England with just the clothes on our backs. My parents had big dreams of not only… Read more »

Sustainable Agriculture: What Drives Investor Decisions?

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Sustainable agriculture ensures that production keeps up with both demographic changes and resource scarcity while providing economic development and investment portfolio growth. And agricultural production is big business, encompassing land, equipment, crop inputs (chemicals and seeds), expert production (farmers maximizing crop yields), value-added processing, and sales and distribution.  Agricultural sustainability depends on a number of… Read more »

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

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“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 »

7,000 Chemicals and Highly Sustainable

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Red wine, it is believed, has many virtues, from antioxidants to its high levels of resveratrol to promoting weight-loss. However, the virtues of wine can quickly be undone by harmful chemicals, pesticides and fungicides that are found in many varietals today. Unless a wine is certified organic and biodynamic, the consumer can be exposed unknowingly… Read more »

Rise of the Corporate Wellness Officer

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Co-authored by Melissa Musiker and Julie Jack   Nutrition has now entered the C-suite. Progressive food and beverage companies are demonstrating an increasingly sophisticated approach to managing health and wellness issues.  Facing a world of 9 billion people, the prism through which food and beverage companies view health and wellness has expanded to include the… Read more »

Eating Ourselves Thirsty

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As the world’s consumers increasingly eat their way up a middle class ladder replete with growing portions of meat, dairy, cooking oils and fruits and vegetables, farmers find their jobs growing harder by the day. Facing ever-hotter temperatures, record-busting cycles of drought and flood and finite amounts of irrigation water, farmers have the unenviable task… Read more »

Impact Measurement to Enable an Effective Market

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Co-Authored with Kelly McCarthy   Investors in sustainable finance and banking may have noticed a recent focus on the importance of impact measurement. A number of government initiatives are emphasizing rigorous social and environmental performance tracking, including an announcement last month from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) that Impact Small Business Investment Companies (Impact… Read more »

The Search for a Sustainable Cuisine

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For several years, I’ve tried — with an astounding lack of success — to persuade the students studying at The Culinary Institute of America, that the houses of PhD biologists are not haunted. They contain no ghosts. But even if they did, they’d be benevolent ones like “Casper the Friendly Ghost,” or the “Ghost of… Read more »

Investing in Seafood is Smart for Business, People and Planet

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Will Baird also contributed to this article.   Solving non-communicable diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and obesity is one of the biggest challenges facing sustainable financing. Two thirds of American adults are either overweight or obese,[1] and the cost of heart disease is projected to reach $818 billion by 2030.[2] Heart disease is the… Read more »

The Diabetes Challenge: The Unintended Health Consequences of Reformulating Food Products

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Diabetes can be characterized as a new type of pandemic. It is probably the first pandemic to be mostly caused by our modern lifestyle: what and how much we eat and how much we exercise[1].  Historically, people over 65 years of age used to develop diabetes. Today, however, younger people tend to develop diabetes, especially… Read more »

The Future of Urban Agriculture in U.S. Cities

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Co-authored by Viki Radden and Doug Lawrence   Today, the U.S. population is over 316 million.   In less than 40 years, the U.S. Census Bureau projects we’ll reach a national population of 450 million, a 42% increase.   Where is this population going to live?  The answer to that question appears relatively clear; the U.S. Census Bureau… Read more »

The Future of Food and Sustainability…A Call for Action

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The current U.S. agriculture model is not sustainable.  It is losing more than one acre of farmland a minute to development and causes the erosion of four billion tons of topsoil per year. It accounts for 82% of fresh water use while our major water sources such as the Ogallala Aquifer, Lake Mead and the… Read more »

Endocrine Disruptor Chemicals — a Serious Health Risk for All, a Potential Opportunity for Business

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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

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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 »

The Great Negotiator

This is an abstract from the September edition of the JSFB. Subscribers can read the full article here. For more information on subscribing to the JSFB, click here.   Sustainable finance is a relatively new enough concept that it can encompass everything from climate change solutions and infrastructure development to better healthcare systems, improved education… Read more »

Paths to a Fossil-Free Future Create Disruptive Business Opportunities

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Fossil-free by 2075. That is the answer the International Energy Agency (IEA) found when it explored technology transition paths for the global energy sector consistent with stabilizing climate change. As an intergovernmental formation of industrialized nations, the IEA’s aim was the same target as the one repeatedly sought by in international negotiations – 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial global average temperatures, a level intended to avoid the most catastrophic effects of climate change. While investment analysts are often bound to performance horizons of just a few quarters, the IEA view to 2075 has implications for capital allocations today….

Balancing Nature and Energy

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.   When discussions about the imperative to lower greenhouse gases turn to the subject of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, tensions get white hot. Opponents cite the horrors of gas and… 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 »

The 2014 El Niño: Disrupting the Climate for Business?

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Climate forecasters breathed a collective sigh of relief earlier this month as predictions of a “mega El Niño” on par with severe incidents that took place in 1997-98 were downgraded. Scientists now believe a more modest event will develop later this year and run through the winter of 2014/2015. Nonetheless, the revised “60-65% chance” forecast… Read more »

Not Just a ‘Flash,’ But a Call to Arms

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I was still at the Securities and Exchange Commission, overseeing the Division of Trading and Markets, when I first heard about a small band of traders and technology experts at the Royal Bank of Canada who were using technology to tilt the playing field back in favor of ordinary investors. I could hardly have imagined… 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

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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 »

Risk Mitigation — the Basis for Chemical Safety

This is an abstract from The Cornerstone JSFB’s September edition. Subscribers can read the full article here. Chemical safety, especially when it comes to our everyday consumer products, is a topic of increasing relevance for the public. Almost weekly, news about food being contaminated, poisonous toys due to use of lead paints or unhealthy indoor… Read more »

Open Hiring: A Culture of Training and Learning

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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

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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

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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

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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 »

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 »

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 »

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

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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 »

PIP’n Good

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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?

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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 Cornerstone Capital Regional Strategy Update

ABSTRACT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE MAY 2014 EDITION In the April edition of The Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking we introduced the Cornerstone Capital Regional Strategy Model. This month there is no change in our regional weightings. We provide a quick update by region. Michael Geraghty is the… Read more »

Fans, Flavors and Failure: Innovation from Cow to Cone

ABSTRACT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE MAY 2014 EDITION. How do you measure success in your company’s innovation strategy? Ben & Jerry’s strives to create engagement, stories that are willingly shared and essentially present products that fans don’t want to live without, summarized in two words: “Flavor excitement.” Success, then, can… 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 »

Going Deep: Measurement Systems at the Product Level

ABSTRACT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE MAY 2014 EDITION. In a world of big data, radical transparency for corporations and sustainability reporting on the rise, we should see a major shift in how businesses are tackling the most intractable environmental and social issues, as well as a rapid pace of progress… Read more »

Why Compliance Programs Work Like Pushing a Rope… How Leaders Can Impact Behaviour

ABSTRACT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE MAY 2014 EDITION. Few ingredients are as important to building a successful organization as culture and most CEOs will argue that integrity is one of the cornerstones. But how do CEOs foster an entrepreneurial spirit and ambitious drive to perform without compromising ethical standards? In… Read more »

Reimagining Impact, Reimaging ROI

ABSTRACT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE MAY 2014 EDITION. Co-authored by Bob Harrison, CEO and Bulbul Gupta, Head of Market-Based Approaches at the Clinton Global Initiative If we care about meeting the economic, social, and environmental demands of the 21st century, and growing consumer demand for responsible products, then we need to… 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 »

Follow the Leader, Follow the Money…Sustainable Entrepreneurship in Banking – The Equator Principles

ABSTRACT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE MAY 2014 EDITION While images of Richard Branson or Elon Musk may come to mind upon hearing the term “social entrepreneur,” one does not require a huge public presence, a revolutionary new idea, or even billions of dollars to make a positive impact in meeting… 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 »

MingJian (消费明鉴), Testing for Safe Quality Products in China

ABSTRACT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE MAY 2014 EDITION The life of a consumer in China is akin to walking blind through a minefield; always fearful that your next purchase may contain hidden dangers. If you enter the words “product safety China” into Google, it will return more than 150 million… Read more »

“Exit Left:” A Reflection about VC Investing & Entrepreneurship

ABSTRACT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE MAY 2014 EDITION We have seen this story play out again and again. An entrepreneur hatches an idea, then looks for independent sources of funding to grow and scale the business. Blame the practice of independent venture capital (VC) firms dedicating a lot of focus… 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 »

Alibaba’s Hybrid Corporate Governance Structure

The upcoming IPO has attracted media and market attention as one of the first efforts by a Chinese company to list on a U.S. Exchange. Founded 15 years ago, Alibaba is a giant in China’s e-commerce business, with online shopping sites combining the power of an Amazon and eBay with the ubiquity of a PayPal…. 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 »

Building Sustainable Cities with New Design Processes and Open Data

EXCERPT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE APRIL 2014 EDITION. New data and technology advancements in the infrastructure design industry have the potential to revolutionize how finance and banking professionals screen opportunities for impact investments. The design industry is rapidly moving from the practice of drawing lines and circles to an intelligent,… Read more »