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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 »

Increasing Access to Clean Water in Kenya: The Case for a Social Impact Bond

EXCERPT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE APRIL 2014 EDITION. With limited public funding available for socially and environmentally responsible programs, a variety of initiatives have been developed to attract private capital into sustainable development. Although still in their infancy, social impact bonds (SIBs) offer a promising outlook for sustained public-private partnerships…. Read more »

Filling the Infrastructure Data Gap in Impact Investing

EXCERPT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE APRIL 2014 EDITION. The OECD estimates USD 53 trillion in investment or the equivalent of an annual 2.5% of global GDP by the year 2030, to meet demand for infrastructure investment by 2030. Those numbers are so large and intimidating that most people are tempted… Read more »

CBA-BIM Using Established Tools to Achieve Standard for Infrastructure Project Valuation and Risk Assessment

EXCERPT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE APRIL 2014 EDITION. Building Information Modelling (BIM) is changing the planning, design, building, and operation of infrastructure. When Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) is added to BIM investors get both transparency of value and understanding of risks in complex infrastructure projects. CBA-BIM has the potential to… Read more »

New Tools, New Tricks: How Emerging Applications Are Becoming Game-Changers for Impact Investors and Infrastructure Development

EXCERPT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE APRIL 2014 EDITION. The creation of standardized economic tools that can be used in the context of infrastructure exchanges may enable a new era of impact investing. Investors can use new standardized metrics to shape the definitions of new asset classes, including green bonds and… Read more »

Maersk: Sustainability as a Driver for Growth

EXCERPT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE APRIL 2014 EDITION. It is our experience that sustainability adds value if it is tied closely into business and is allowed to help the company take a longer term perspective on material matters. At its core, it adds value through better risk management whether it… Read more »

Trinity River Vision Authority Applies Sustainability Rating and Business Case Analysis to Set Stormwater Management Principles

EXCERPT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE APRIL 2014 EDITION. The financial benefits coupled with the benefits of maintaining the water quality of the lake and canals planned for Panther Island makes a clear case for expanding the use of green infrastructure in North Texas that will benefit the development community and… Read more »

Infrastructure Imperatives Drive Regional Competitiveness

EXCERPT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE APRIL 2014 EDITION. Today, our urban areas face enormous threats and costs including those associated with the quality, integration and performance of their civil infrastructure systems. Over time, as comprehensive business cases become more common, users will realize additional benefits as projects are regionally bundled… Read more »

WCX Finalizes Project Principles and Standards

EXCERPT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE APRIL 2014 EDITION. On January 2nd, the West Coast Infrastructure Exchange (WCX) released the final version of “Infrastructure Project Certification –Principles and Framework” which was developed by the WCX Business Standards Committee. The principles and project standards are the first-ever attempt by multiple US states… Read more »

Transportation Facilities Focus on Sustainability at Billion Dollar Scale

EXCERPT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE APRIL 2014 EDITION. When we commute and travel, do we think about the long-term sustainability of the facilities we use? Does it matter that these buildings are efficient and provide healthy environments? Up until now, we have considered multi-modal transit facilities as positive infrastructure since… Read more »

Social Stock Exchanges: Democratizing Impact Investing

EXCERPT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE APRIL 2014 EDITION. While impact investing is still far from being an accessible opportunity for the general population, investor demand for greater liquidity and platforms such as Kiva and Kickstarter make it clear that the potential for involving retail investors in the sector is immense…. Read more »

San Diego Airport Named First LEED Platinum Certified Commercial Airport Terminal

EXCERPT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE APRIL 2014 EDITION. Abridged Article based upon SAN Press release courtesy of Jim Grant HNTB Corporation San Diego International Airport has been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Platinum certification for The Green Build terminal expansion from the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED certification… Read more »

ESG & Credit Risk: New Study Demonstrates a Clear Link

EXCERPT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE MARCH 2014 EDITION. Using data contributed by RepRisk, a Swiss-based ESG business intelligence provider, the authors examined the effect of CSR-related negative media attention on credit default swap spreads.  According to the study, companies that are criticized in the news for irresponsible ESG practices have… Read more »

Design to Serve the Changing Needs of the Reasonable Investor

EXCERPT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE MARCH 2014 EDITION. The reasonable investor of 2014 is not the same as the reasonable investor of 1973. However, investors don’t have information to determine how companies are adapting to this new reality. In this situation, investors need comparable environmental, social, and governance (ESG) data… Read more »

Private Investors Exploring Emerging Asset Classes

EXCERPT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE MARCH 2014 EDITION. Now that ESG (environment, social, governance) criteria are uncovering sound, long-term investments, private equity, family offices and pension funds are looking even farther afield for more such opportunities.  This new biomimicry asset class is the focus of Ethical Markets research in our… Read more »

Supply Chain Ethics & Design: Sustainability Becomes Fashionable with Indigenous Fair Trace Tool™

EXCERPT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE MARCH 2014 EDITION. Fashionistas can now see beyond clothing labels for the first time with the Fair Trace Tool™ developed by fair trade fashion company INDIGENOUS. This new tool, in the form of a QR code on hang tags, offers transparency throughout the garment’s supply… Read more »

Sustainable Fashion Design — Could Green be the New Black?

EXCERPT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE MARCH 2014 EDITION. Although March may mean St. Patrick’s Day, that’s not the only reason some apparel companies are hoping you’ll be wearing more “green.”  While child labor and other social concerns have been on the radar screen for a while now, apparel/footwear companies are now… Read more »

The Nature of Investing

EXCERPT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE MARCH 2014 EDITION. In addition to the material bounty provided by our natural world, we also have access to great stores of wisdom that are embedded in natural organisms and natural systems. The principles of biomimicry, Life’s Principles, are not the newest theories: they are… Read more »

Nestlé: Leading Company in Climate Change Mitigation & Adaptation

EXCERPT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE FEBRUARY 2014 EDITION. Climate change is integrated into our company-wide risk management processes and in 2013 we further strengthened their commitment to lowering GHG emissions associated with the production and distribution of our products. Nestlé also commits to designing products that help consumers lower their… Read more »

Purecircle: Stevia Replacing Nutritive Sweeteners with PureCircle Stevia to Make a Positive Impact on Carbon

EXCERPT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE FEBRUARY 2014 EDITION. It is our vision to lead the global expansion of stevia as the next mass volume natural sweetener and encourage healthier diets through the supply of natural ingredients to the global food and beverage industry.  And it is our mission to scale… Read more »

The “Chinese Dream” Chinese Citizens Dream About Health & Environment Improvement More Than About Their Country Being a Superpower

EXCERPT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE FEBRUARY 2014 EDITION. The “Chinese Dream” has become the most discussed topic today in China. The people of China have their own dreams and observe cautiously all the hype around this slogan, waiting for good reasons to believe in what they are promised. Thirty years… Read more »

Principles for Responsible Investment: Focus on Farmland

EXCERPT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE FEBRUARY 2014 EDITION. In April 2010, Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Supachai Panitchpakdi said: “There is an urgent need to invest more in agriculture both to ensure food security and as the basis for long-term economic development.” To address these… Read more »

Fibrea: A Leader in Sustainability

EXCERPT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE FEBRUARY 2014 EDITION. Fibria began 2014 by celebrating great achievements. The company was recognized in the 2014 Sustainability Yearbook released by RobecoSAM, which is responsible for the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI). The company received the prestigious Gold Class Sustainability Award for its leadership in… Read more »

Constructive Dialogue Bears Fruit

EXCERPT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE FEBRUARY 2014 EDITION. It has become more and more clear that shareholders can have tremendous leverage to influence corporate and industry practices globally, often in collaboration with coalitions of other shareholders and activist organizations. While one voice can make a difference, the collective voice of… Read more »

A Call to Action

EXCERPT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE FEBRUARY 2014 EDITION. Investors are becoming increasingly aware of supply chain issues in their companies, whether it is through conflict minerals, poor working conditions, deforestation or any number of other concerns, and are focusing on what company management is doing to recognise and address these… Read more »

Applying The Rainforest Standard™ to the World’s Forests

EXCERPT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE FEBRUARY 2014 EDITION. The Rainforest Standard™ is the world’s first forest carbon credit standard to fully integrate requirements and protocols for carbon accounting, socio-cultural/socio-economic impacts, and biodiversity outcomes.  In 2009, Cargill S.A. and other sponsors invested in a unique collaboration among Columbia University’s Center for… Read more »

Sunshine in the Garden State: An Unlikely Leader in Solar Energy

EXCERPT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE FEBRUARY 2014 EDITION. In the U.S., domestic developments have made New Jersey the third leading state in solar energy. This reflects a changing energy landscape in which sustainability has become a global policy consideration. The long-term trend is towards the adoption of renewable energy… Read more »

The Makings of a Market Correction?

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….

Big Data in the Social Sector

Extract from the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking, January 2014 written by Sonal Shah, a Senior Fellow at the Case Foundation and a Fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University and Hollie Russon Gilman, a Democracy Fellow at Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School. Subscribers can view the… Read more »

The Challenge of “Unburnable Carbon”

Extract from the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking, January 2014 written by John Wilson, former Director of Corporate Governance at TIAA-CREF and the Director of Socially Responsible Investing at the Christian Brothers Investment Services. Subscribers can view the full article in the January edition. The social and economic impacts of climate change may be… Read more »

The Value of a Sustainable Brand

Extract from the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking, January 2014 written by Michelle Greene, Senior Vice President and Head of Corporate Responsibility, NYSE Euronext. Subscribers can view the full article in the January edition. For b-to-b enterprises, sustainable brand value may not be as readily apparent. The most obvious application may be in serving those… Read more »

Not a Team Sport: The State of Play in Global Shipping

Extract from the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking, January 20134written by Robert DiMarsico, Managing Director at Poseidon Capital Corp and Senior Advisor to Shipping Practice at FTI Consulting Inc. Subscribers can view the full article in the January edition. Carrying 90% of world trade, shipping is a critically important industry, one which until recently… Read more »

Join #theBIGshift and Accelerate the Transformation to a Sustainable Future

Extract from the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking, January 2014 written by Dr. Sally Uren, Chief Executive Officer of Forum for the Future, an independent non-profit working globally with business, government and other organizations to solve complex sustainability challenges. Subscribers can view the full article in the January edition. To deliver a more sustainable… Read more »

Cornerstone JSFB ‘CEO’s Letter’ in Mandarin, January 2014

January 2014 Issue: 首席执行官关于可持续金融和银行业的致辞 在这期的Cornerstone 可持续金融和银行业的月刊里, 因为全球市场到了报告业绩的季节并伴随着股价有可能在2014年获利调整后再涨高,我们把注意力放在数据上。我们考虑大数据,负有责任的数据原则, 对环境,社会和公司治理分析的数据,以及数据运载。当包括思科和微软等公司在内的商业领袖在达沃斯讨论了从“数据储存的全球标准”到“所有东西的网络”, 讨论也集中 在如何达到安全的必需性和个人隐私权的平衡。我们提供了全世界在资本市场领域为卓越而努力工作的杰出专家的报告。 在短期内,在投资者吸收IBM和联想为低端服务器交易的定价时,我们也思索IBM Watson商业体的长期潜力和在认知计算方面的机会,以及 IBM把什么称为智慧的星球。对复杂的决策过程转化进行商业化的承诺也使我想起了阿尔伯特爱因斯坦的智慧。他的最被人广为知道的和最被人喜欢的名言是“不是所有能计算的都有价值,并且不是所有有价值的都能被计算”。但是在我们从全方位考虑数据的这期月刊里的上下文中,我们也应该注意爱因斯坦的警告“具有知觉的头脑是一个神圣的礼物而理智的头脑是一个忠实的仆人。我们已经创建了一个奖励仆人而忘记了礼物的社会”。 因此,不是期望计算力将最终能够理解细微之处和权衡直觉, 我们推荐哈佛大学政治研究所和Case 基金会Sonal Shah 的见解。在她的题为“社会部门大数据”的编辑精选里,Sonal号召对数据交叉引用的复杂性进行严格的政策讨论,从而我们能够有合适的背景支持,能够避免对现实扭曲的损坏。 进而在“责任性数据的原则”报告中,Cornersone分析师Michael Shavel提供了一份现状报告,这份报告讨论了当股份持有人对数据完整性,数据质量,数据的生命周期,以及数据安全性等的需要做出反应时,股份持有人在何种程度上能够敏锐地了解公司对于数据管理的现有政策。 正如Sonal寻找那些不仅含有数据也含有关键的能带来责任,同情和怜腼等社会好处等元素的算法时,Framework 公司的 Kathee Rebernak在这个月 “Featured Domain”章节寻找更深层的对公司优秀的理解。在一篇题为“SustainabilityMapping.com”的文章中,Kathee强调伟大的公司能够更好的理解他们的发明,经济和我们人力及自然资源的相关性及相互依存性。这个系统层面上的途径将给所有的我们带来更大的繁荣。 回到这个月的“Sustainability and the Digital Dilemma,” 章节,我们收录了一篇来自于洛克西德马丁公司关于可持续发展,报告和股份持有人管理部门主任Matthew Swibel,的一篇文章。在这里,Matthew指出网络事件的指数级成长估计耗费了社会3,880亿美金并且大声提出全球对信息安全的需要会使可持续发展显著的提到日程上。虽然很难模拟经济上的影响, 但是信息安全不可能利索的切合到任何 ESG的评分卡上,争论的焦点在于日益增长的非金融信息的纰漏必须要得到加强。 谈到公司的信息纰漏,在这月期刊的“Investment Storytelling Through Enhanced Analytics”章节部分,我们介绍一篇 Colcomgroup公司董事总经理Brad Monterio的文章。这篇文章强调了使ESG数据的格式,结构,和应用更一致的路已经铺垫好。鉴于公司很大量的信息是在财务报表之外,XBRL的时点已经到来了。 鉴于这个主题的复杂性,我们请Cornerstone Capital 估值和会计主管Janet Pegg来讨论 “Disclosure Overload: Don’t Throw Investors out with the Bathwater”这个主题。因为Mary… Read more »

Sustainability and the Digital Dilemma

Growing reliance on data and hyper-connected IT systems by individuals, businesses and governments makes information security an increasingly important tenet of sustainability. Those reporting institutions that prudently sort through these challenges and take actions to tie the information security-sustainability thread will assume leadership on a formidable global issue that can wreak environmental, social and economic havoc in a keystroke, not a decade.

Water Scarcity as a Business Risk and Opportunity

Extract from the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking, January 2014 written by William Sarni, Director and Practice Leader, Enterprise Water Strategy | Sustainability, Deloitte Consulting LLP. Subscribers can view the full article in the January edition. What should the future of water look like? Achieving the desired outcomes, in 21st century water management, means… Read more »

Efficiency Meets Big Data

Extract from the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking, January 2014 written by Ben Dear, Partner at Osmosis Investment Management in the United Kingdom. Subscribers can view the full article in the January edition. Any firm that is therefore able to standardize and use the data to provide objective, comparable efficiency rankings, will be highly… Read more »

The Value of Community Relations

Extract from the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking, December 2013 written by Andrew MacLeod, a Board member of Cornerstone Capital Inc. (New York), advisor to Gane Energy (Australia), Critical Resource (UK), former General Manager at Rio Tito and a former senior official of the United Nations and the International Committee for the Red… Read more »

A New Approach to Looking at ESG Risk at the Country Level – Using Brazil as an Example

Extract from the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking, December 2013, written by Alexandra Mihailescu Chichon,Head of Business Development, RepRisk AG, and Anna Tuson, Media and Communications Lead, RepRisk AG. As in all investment decisions, but even more critical when emerging markets are concerned, comprehensive research and timely information about what’s happening on the… Read more »

Acting in the Present with an Eye on the Future

Extract from the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking, December 2013, written by Marina Grossi, President of CEBDS, the Brazilian Council for Sustainable Development. The goal of documents like Visão Brasil or even the World Business Council for Sustainable Development`s (WBCSD) original document: Vision 2050 – The New Agenda for Business – is to… Read more »

Next Generation Brazilian Consumers Focusing on Sustainable Actions

Extract from the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking, December 2013, written by Gustavo Piras Oliveira, LatAm Director of Research and Consumer Analyst, UBS. Consumers are becoming highly alert to socially responsible and sustainable actions. Consumers want things that are meaningful for their lives. Sustainable actions should drive demand and profitable growth in Brazil…. Read more »

Sustainable Leadership Platform: Stories of People Who Lead Through Values and Sustainability

Extract from the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking, December 2013, written by Ricardo Voltolini, President-Director of Sustainable idea: Strategy and Intelligence in Sustainability Recently introduced documents within the scope of the United Nations Global Pact address the need for a new type of leader to face the challenges of the 21st century. More… Read more »

Changing Dynamics of the Family

Susan Golombok is a Professor of Family Research and Director, Centre for Family Research, University of Cambridge. She is the author of Parenting: What really counts? and co-author of Bottling it Up, Gender Development, and Growing up in a Lesbian Family. Since the latter part of the 20th century, dramatic changes have taken place to… Read more »

The Television Series: “Modern Family”

Extract from the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking, December 2013, written by Michael Shavel, Research & Business Analyst at Cornerstone Capital Inc. Modern Family’s success is a sign of the times where diversity is not only acknowledged, but is embraced well. Just as television programming and family structures have evolved the manner by… Read more »

Integrated Financial Reporting in Brazil

Extract from the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking, December 2013, written by Robert G. Eccles, Professor of Management Practice at Harvard Business School, Chairman of SASB and member of the Steering Committee of the International Integrated Reporting Committee. Will Brazil’s market structure make it a country leader in adopting integrated reporting? It’s all… Read more »

Respecting Human Rights: Urgent, Necessary, Not Optional

Extract from the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking, December 2013, written by Julie Tanner, Assistant Director of Socially Responsible Investing, Christian Brothers Investment Services (CBIS). With the Rana Plaza building collapse, the Tazreen factory fire, the Deepwater Horizon explosion, and the Foxconn suicides now part of our lexicon, never has the onus on… Read more »

A Construction Company Can Be Sustainable

Extract from the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking, December 2013, written by Carlos Terepins, CEO & Chairman of the Board of Directors, Even Construtora e Incorporadora SA. The reasoning that should propel environmental initiatives is the certainty that society is increasingly recognizing and rewarding companies imbued with true social and environmental duty and… Read more »

“Extremes vs. Realities: Opportunities for China’s Urban Development”

Extract from the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking, November 2013, written by Zheng Xiaoping, Vice President of the China City Development Foundation and Director of BAZO. This is an era in which to connect worldwide resources to opportunities, and all of us can contribute to and benefit from them.  If there is one… Read more »

The Evolution of Company/Shareholder Engagement

Extract from the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking, November 2013, written by John Wilson, formerly the Director of Corporate Governance at TIAA-CREF and Director of Socially Responsible Investing at Christian Brothers Investment Services. The most important discussions today are taking place not across organizations but within them. Sustainability professionals both in investment organizations… Read more »

Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking, November 2013

Following the outcome of the much anticipated Third Plenary Session of China’s Party Congress, global market participants puzzle over the extent to which reforms are discounted in the markets, and we consider optimal paths to long-term prosperity by including feature articles from two China experts….

A Zero Sum Game: Assessing Water Risks in China’s Mega Infrastructure

Extract from the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking, November 2013, written by Cyrus Lotfipour, Emily Chew, and Shuyuan Jin, MSCI ESG Research, a leading provider of in-depth environmental, social& governance research, ratings and analysis, with more than 150 ESG specialists worldwide. Water Scarcity poses an operational risk to companies in the metals, mining,… Read more »

Food Policy & the Environmental Credit Crunch

Extract from the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking, November 2013, written by Paul Donovan, Managing Director and Global Economist at UBS Investment Bank, and Julie Hudson, Managing Director, SRI & Sustainability at UBS Investment Bank. The global economy is at a dangerous stage of human development. The (relative) cornucopia of plenty has bred… Read more »

Jumpstarting Access to Capital

Extract from the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking, November 2013, written by David Robinson, Professor of Finance, Duke University and member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Capital & Financing. In the wake of the economic slowdown precipitated by the global financial crisis, governments all around the world have been… Read more »

Living in Regulatory Purgatory

Extract from the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking, November 2013, written by Diane B. Glossman, an independent Director at Powa Technologies, WMI Holdings, and Ambac Assurance. Ultimately companies and industries cannot be regulated into behaving well: ethical mores have to be established by senior managements and become ingrained throughout organizations from within.

China Threat? The Challenges, Myths, and Realities of China’s Rise

Extract from the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking, November 2013, written by Lionel Vairon, Vairon author of the “ China Threat? The Challenges, Myths and Realities of China’s Rise” and former diplomat to Cambodia, Thailand, and Iraq. The Book “ China Threat ?” aims at giving a more balanced, less ideological view of… Read more »

China: The Elusive Market for US Technology Companies

Extract from the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking, November 2013, written by Nikos Theodosopoulos, Founder of NT Advisors LLC, a consulting and advisory firm for the Technology Industry. While China represents a large and rapidly growing market for US Technology companies, the path to success in this market has proven difficult and sometimes… Read more »

Sustainable Agriculture: When Less is More

Extract from the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking, November 2013, written by Karla Canavan, CAIA, Commercial Director at Bunge Environmental Markets.  The solution to the challenge to feed 10 billion people in 2050 is yet to be seen. However women farmers could trigger a big change and unfold a sustainable solution to the… Read more »

A New Value Driver Framework

Extract from the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking, October 2013, written by David Lubin, Managing Director of S3, and retired as Co-Chairman and Managing Director of Renaissance Worldwide. He served as lead contributor to the UNGC in development of the report entitled, The Value Driver Model – A Tool for Communicating the Business… Read more »

Sustainability Metrics in Executive Pay: The Example of the Energy Sector

Extract from the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking, October 2013, written by Kimberly Gladman, Research Director of the Just Capital Foundation. Amid growing investor interest in the ways that corporations manage sustainability issues, executive pay plans are receiving heightened scrutiny. Many companies say they value environmental and social performance, but do they structure… Read more »

Is Activism Orthogonal or Complementary to Good Corporate Governance?

Extract from the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking, October 2013, written by Nikos Theodosopoulos, Founder of NT Advisors LLC, a consulting and advisory firm for the Technology Industry. The boards of large and “legacy” technology companies have to be cognizant of increasing shareholder activism in the technology industry and that more shareholder friendly… Read more »

Three Little Words

Extract from the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking, October 2013, written by Susanne Stormer, Vice President, Corporate Sustainability, Novo Nordisk. Carve sustainability in stone where it matters most. In your company’s bylaws. This sends a strong message to investors, to business partners, to employees and indeed to management that this is how we… Read more »

“Main Street vs. Wall Street”, Now in Aluminum

Extract from the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking, October 2013, written by Pete Hickson, Founder of Global Materials Advisors Ltd. and an Advisory Director at TrafalgarCopley. Consumers claim that the practices of metal warehouses, owned in part by ‘Wall Street’ banks, have constrained supply and inflated costs. The LME warehouse operators counter claim… Read more »

The 3% Solution: Driving Profits Through Carbon Reductions

Extract from the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking, October 2013, written by Chris Fowle, Vice President, Investor Initiatives, CDP. This report from WWF and CDP identifies novel approaches for the private sector to realize significant cost-savings achieved through boosting energy-efficiency measures and transitioning to low-carbon energy sources. In the process, the US corporate… Read more »