Monthly Archives: March 2014

E-Cigarettes. A Positive Disruption to the Market and Health or a Distraction?

The introduction of e-cigarettes (e-cigs) has acutely disrupted the tobacco product/nicotine marketplace.  As of 2013, Citi estimates that just under half of the 42 million smokers in the US have tried an e-cig.  And, while e-cigs currently account for only 1% of overall US cigarette industry volumes, global e-cig sales have rapidly increased to $1… Read more »

From Luxury to Biomaterials – Stories of Sustainable Packaging Design

  Transitioning between a world of linear consumption of natural resources and accumulation of post-consumer waste, to a virtuous circular model, where waste and renewable materials are inputs for value creation, is within grasp. Many companies have already embraced this strategy, and we have seen success stories alongside this new market logic. In this month’s… Read more »

#TheBigShift – Systems Innovation: Changing Systems, Changing the Future

A recent event in New York City, organized by the Guardian and Forum for the Future, drew attention to a major challenge on the road to a sustainable economy: system innovation, or how to create a large-scale system change to make a difference1. Sustainable and social entrepreneurs, activists and business representatives gathered in New York for half a day of discussion and brainstorming, including the United Nations’ Global Compact, Ecovative,, and others….

BMW Urban Mobility: Re-creating the Status Quo through Sustainable Design

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….

Lack of R&D Tax Credit Will Complicate First Quarter Earnings

EXCERPT FROM THE JSFB. SUBSCRIBERS CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE MARCH 2014 EDITION. Investors should be aware that first quarter earnings could have a little extra “noise” in them this year, and may not be comparable to previous years.  The problem results from Congress not extending the R&D tax credit again.  The credit has a… 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 »

Defining Crises: Catalyzing Sustainable Growth

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….

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 »

Biomimicry: Turning to Nature’s R&D Department to Increase Productivity

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 »

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 »

Michael Geraghty Joins Cornerstone Capital Group as Global Markets Strategist

Cornerstone Capital Group hires Michael Geraghty as Global Markets Strategist, marking the company’s continued build-out of the Investment Research Team. New York, NY (PRWEB) March 07, 2014 Cornerstone Capital Inc. announced today the recruitment of Michael Geraghty, formerly with Citi Investment Research and UBS Investment Bank, effective immediately.  In his new role, Michael will serve… Read more »

Tanya Khotin Joins as Head of Institutional Business Development

Cornerstone Capital Group hires Tanya Khotin as Head of Institutional Business Development, marking the company’s continued efforts to align its products and services with institutional investors.   New York, NY (PRWEB) March 04, 2014 Cornerstone Capital Inc. announced today the addition of Tanya Khotin, formerly with the Hugo Neu Corporation and UBS Investment Bank, to… Read more »

Erika Karp Speaks at Clinton Global Initiative

Erika Karp, Founder and CEO of Cornerstone Capital Group, Inc., shared her views on the evolution of business models during a panel discussion at the Clinton Global Initiative’s (CGI) Winter 2014 Meeting in New York. Erika Karp appeared during the Clinton Global Initiative “Plenary Session: Reimagining Impact,” moderated by President Bill Clinton. More than 500… Read more »