Posts Tagged: Leadership & Learning

“Governance and Impact” Journal Compilation, First Half of 2017

With this edition of The Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance and Banking (JSFB) we’d like to ensure that everyone in the sustainable investing community is aware that we have shifted from a monthly publication schedule to an ongoing series of blog posts enabling us to provide more timely commentary on behalf of the Cornerstone network… Read more »

Proxy Voting for Impact: A Conversation About Corporate Governance in 2017

Something we hear frequently at Cornerstone Capital Group is that you cannot invest for impact in the public markets. There is a sense that public companies like Apple, General Motors or Coca-Cola are too big, too well-established, too focused on short-term profitability perhaps, to have impact. In fact, nothing can be further from the truth…. Read more »

Our Comments to the SEC on the CEO/Worker Pay Ratio Rule

Because our investor clients seek to invest for the long term, we have a strong interest in urging corporate disclosures that enable investors to evaluate risks and make decisions that will affect the long-term health of our clients’ portfolios. Our corporate clients believe that meaningful disclosure that communicates how they are managing environmental, social and governance matters helps them to attract long-term capital.

Systems Thinking in Impact Entrepreneurship

We recently attended the SOCAP conference in San Francisco and came away invigorated by the hive of activity occurring within the social entrepreneurship space. New businesses are proliferating and tackling some of the world’s most daunting challenges. However, we noted that systems thinking was often absent from the discussion. It is important for impact entrepreneurs to incorporate this mindset into their business models from the outset, in order to maximize the scale and scope of the impact that they can create.

Solving for Nonfinancial Data as Part of the Investor’s Mosaic: Meeting with the NYSSA and CFA Institute

Bloomberg, the NYSSA and The CFA Institute recently held a sustainable investing conference titled “Sustainability and Value – Using Data and Valuation to Drive Returns.” The day included panel discussions from a variety of participants including the Chief Investment Officer of the State of Connecticut, institutional asset managers, a partner from Jeff Skoll’s family office, Capricorn Investment Group, a professor from Yale and Stanford Universities, and sustainability professionals from Waste Management, Huntsman Corp. and Lockheed Martin.

JSFB Summer Edition: “Explorations and Aspirations”

This month in the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance and Banking (JSFB), we consider an array of subjects ranging from “smart contracts” in the blockchain to empowering investors with sharper measurement tools. And ultimately, we hope to go beyond “sustainability,” and move towards value creation and regeneration through capitalism.

JSFB May Edition: “Relativity”

This month in the Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance and Banking (JSFB), we consider the issue of “Relativity” in the capital markets. Einstein showed that even though the laws of physics are the same everywhere, people experience time and space differently. It follows that individual perspectives on change are relative to one’s own current position.

The Power—and Danger—of Suggestion

There is ample evidence that our minds consistently distort our perception of the world when making decisions under uncertainty, even within our own constructs of reality. Distortion in perception can stem not only from differences in experience and education but also the necessary use of heuristic judgments. We use heuristics[1] — mental shortcuts that help… Read more »

JSFB March Edition: “Leadership & Learning”

In this edition of the Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking (JSFB), we highlight ideas that foster “Leadership & Learning.” Leadership is a process of continually absorbing information and transforming it with strategic and tactical clarity. The commitment of business leaders, from the Board room through operations, in understanding their vital role in innovating for… Read more »

Sustainable Sweden: Innovation and Investments Grow a Small Giant in the North

The pacemaker, the three-point seatbelt and ultrasound—these life-altering inventions all originated in a country that 100 years ago was among Europe’s poorest. Today, Sweden is renowned for its culture of innovation, strong global brands, and a social system that encourages risk-taking and responsibility. For investors seeking to make tech and sustainable investments, as well as for corporations and funds seeking to raise capital from sustainability-focused institutional investors—Sweden is a natural first pick.

The Power of Responsibility – Making Sense of the UN Global Compact

The United Nations Global Compact is the world’s largest voluntary corporate responsibility initiative. Currently it has more than 8,000 business participants from more than 145 countries. Participants are required to support ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption. 

The Monetization of Misery

On December 18, 2015, the eve of the Christmas holidays, the University of California announced that it was withdrawing roughly $30 million worth of its investments in private prison companies. U of C was not the first institution of higher learning to do so; Columbia University had divested itself of all of its shares in the private prison industry the previous June. In both cases, the Trustees’ decision to divest came after months of pressure from black student groups. By their action, Columbia and the University of California joined corporations like General Electric, Scopia Capital…

Investing Together: Creating Investment Opportunities for Generation Selfie

This last July, over 500 young adults, representing an estimated wealth of $750 billion, gathered at the United Nations headquarters in New York as part of the Nexus Global Youth Summit to discuss social entrepreneurship. They did not send their wealth or philanthropy advisors, but instead chose to spend three summer days cooped up in conference rooms to learn how to better use their capital and business acumen to make the world a better place.

Unlocking the Closet: The Economic Imperatives Driving Multinationals to Create LGBT-Inclusive Workplaces

Forward-looking multinational corporations understand that they need to create inclusive work environments in order to recruit and retain top talent, and stay competitive in the global marketplace. But they face a significant hurdle to doing so globally: Many countries still host significant levels of societal discrimination against LGBT people. Discrimination creates hugely significant negative impacts on economies.

What the Investment Sector Can Learn from the Agility of Veterans

What do you do when you don’t know what to do? Leaders create order out of chaos. This ability to calm the storm can be seen across professions and functions, but it is acutely observed in military men and women leaders. Key to managing through ambiguity is learning agility. In fact, today learning agility is often seen as the No. 1 predictor of leadership success, more accurate than IQ, EQ (emotional intelligence), education level, or even leadership competencies.