Monthly Archives: September 2015

The Future of Foundations: Impact at Scale?

Despite growing demand for sustainable and impact investment solutions and a body of evidence to support the effectiveness of sustainable investing from a strictly financial perspective, many investors are still unclear about the relationship between ESG factors and financial performance.

Alibaba: Uniquely Conflicted

With Alibaba’s first annual meeting scheduled for October 8, we conducted an examination of its corporate governance structure. We are not aware of another corporation that lists its corporate governance structure as a risk to shareholders. In fact, numerous concerns about the company’s corporate governance have been widely cited.

Featured Domain: Hillel’sVoice.net

In reflecting on the future of capitalism, we draw from wisdom of the great scholar Hillel, who was said to not only advance his own thoughts, but those of his opposition. It is in that context that we revisit an article first published in Forbes a couple of years ago: “Sustainable Capitalism… If not now, then when?” It is in light of this context that we select HillelsVoice.net as our “Featured Domain.”

What’s Often Missing in a Healthy C-Suite is… Health and Resilience

In the past few years, there has been an explosion and evolution of corporate titles, which I believe reflects the fact that companies are facing new challenges– from sustainability and greater supply chain transparency to data/privacy – and need to be clear both to internal staff and external partners that they are elevating these issues and taking them seriously. But health remains absent from the rank of C-Suite titles.

Government Transparency Measures: Addressing the “S” in ESG

A recent survey by The Economist found that 71% of 853 top executives believe their companies’ responsibility to protect human rights extends beyond compliance with labor laws. Yet, similar companies have few Key Performance Indicators that correlate with how they address forced labor in their supply chains. A recent survey by CERES found that only 40% of 600 top companies had a policy that explicitly prohibits suppliers from using forced labor.

Seeding a Resilient Future

Agricultural innovation is needed to enable production of not only more, but also better-quality and more nutritious, food. Crops need to become stronger while planted in increasingly harsh conditions such as soil degradation, salinization, and drought. The big difference between the advances of the last century and today’s challenge is that the new solutions need to be resilient: able to thrive in this new environment

Boosting Returns, Boosting Resilience

A hot topic these days on university campuses and among capital endowment managers for cultural and philanthropic organizations is whether or not to divest from fossil fuel companies. While this is a good way to express an opinion about an institution’s values, it will not necessarily contribute to the kind of change that would be a much better expression of those values.

Job Opportunity: Research Development and Distribution Analyst

Founded in 2013, Cornerstone Capital Inc. is a New York-based financial services firm that provides investment advisory and consulting, investment banking, and strategic consulting services. The mission of the firm is to fuse the discipline of sustainable finance into the mainstream of the capital markets. Cornerstone Capital Group advises both investors and corporations on how… Read more »

“Resilience”

“Resilience” must be built into the fabric of both the private and public sectors . . .  In this month’s JSFB, we examine the ability to withstand, and to thrive – and to begin again and again.