The Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking is an online forum featuring voices from a range of disciplines bringing their unique perspectives on progress towards a regenerative and inclusive global economy. Contributors include thought leaders from the capital markets, private sector, non-governmental organizations and academia, highlighting breakthroughs in science and technology, best practices in environmental stewardship, social progress and effective governance, and creative ideas for advancement of responsible long-term economic development.
March 31, 2020
European Union Adopts Major Circular Economy Action Plan
Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureSustainable Cities and CommunitiesResponsible Consumption and ProductionClimate ActionPartnerships for the Goals

European Union Adopts Major Circular Economy Action Plan

The economic model of our current era is linear. We take resources from nature, make them into a product and then throw the item away when we’re done with it. The result?…

March 23, 2020
Forever Changed: COVID-19 and Impact Investing
Good Health and Well-BeingDecent Work and Economic GrowthIndustry, Innovation and InfrastructureSustainable Cities and CommunitiesResponsible Consumption and ProductionClimate Action

Forever Changed: COVID-19 and Impact Investing

On March 19, 2020, Cornerstone Capital Group held a conference call addressing concerns about the current coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the markets, the economy, and importantly, the changes in how we think about…

February 27, 2020
Coronavirus: The Human and Economic Impact

Coronavirus: The Human and Economic Impact

COVID-19, more commonly known as the coronavirus, emerged in late 2019.   It was first identified in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei, China.   Infection is primarily through human-to-human transmission via exhalation, such as sneezing…

January 29, 2020
Deconstructing Davos: A Conversation
Gender EqualityIndustry, Innovation and InfrastructureClimate ActionPartnerships for the Goals

Deconstructing Davos: A Conversation

Shortly following trips to Davos during the World Economic Forum in late January, Erika Karp sat down with Juliet Scott-Croxford of Worth Media to compare notes on their experiences and most meaningful takeaways from…

January 16, 2020
Psychedelic Therapy: Fresh Promise for Mental Health (and Beyond)
Good Health and Well-Being

Psychedelic Therapy: Fresh Promise for Mental Health (and Beyond)

Psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy is seeing a resurgence as a treatment approach for mental health disorders. It melds pharmacology and psychotherapy, using psychedelic substances such as lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) and psilocybin, under medical supervision, to…

January 13, 2020
World Benchmarking Alliance: Incentives for a Sustainable World
Affordable and Clean EnergyResponsible Consumption and ProductionClimate Action

World Benchmarking Alliance: Incentives for a Sustainable World

As new members of the World Benchmarking Alliance , we have been delving into their work to understand how WBA benchmarks corporate performance in terms of their contribution to the UN Sustainable…

December 19, 2019
Jewish Values and the Role of Capitalism in Healing the World
Peace, Justice and Strong InstitutionsPartnerships for the Goals

Jewish Values and the Role of Capitalism in Healing the World

There's a quote I love from the famed Jewish philosopher Martin Buber: “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware. ” Twenty-five years ago when I started working on Wall Street, I had…

November 8, 2019
Investing with Jewish Values
Peace, Justice and Strong InstitutionsPartnerships for the Goals

Investing with Jewish Values

Cornerstone Capital Group recently had the honor of hosting a special evening at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah synagogue. CEO Erika Karp was joined by Robert Bank of the American Jewish World Service ,…

September 17, 2019
CBCA Arts + Impact Investing Forum Recap
Reduced InequalitiesSustainable Cities and Communities

CBCA Arts + Impact Investing Forum Recap

Civic engagement and community education were common themes at CBCA’s  Arts + Impact Investing Forum  on Monday, August 19 at the Commons on Champa. Attended by 100 people, the Arts + Impact Investing Forum was…

September 11, 2019
Gender Lens Investing 2.0: How Foundations Can Address the Roots of Gender Inequality
Gender Equality

Gender Lens Investing 2.0: How Foundations Can Address the Roots of Gender Inequality

Gender Lens Investing 2. 0 was originally published by Mission Investors Exchange , one of the foremost impact investing networks for foundations dedicated to deploying capital for social and environmental change.…

September 10, 2019
Climate Change and Systemic Financial Risk: Investing in the Fight
Climate Action

Climate Change and Systemic Financial Risk: Investing in the Fight

Cornerstone has just released two reports addressing the impacts of climate change. Our report No Place to Hide? Climate Change and Systemic Financial Risk demystifies recent academic studies on the risk to…

August 7, 2019
Our Aims for Gender Lens Investing Have Been Much Too Small
Gender Equality

Our Aims for Gender Lens Investing Have Been Much Too Small

I’ll never forget the first investing conference I attended where gender lens investing was discussed. From the mainstage, I listened as three powerful women leaders in finance commented on how much work had been…

August 6, 2019
Renewable Energy: A Gender Perspective
Gender EqualityAffordable and Clean Energy

Renewable Energy: A Gender Perspective

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) published a report earlier this year highlighting the potential for renewable energy to alleviate some of the world’s most pressing social and environmental challenges. Their work aligns…

July 30, 2019
Unlocking Catalytic Capital for the Circular Economy
Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureSustainable Cities and CommunitiesResponsible Consumption and ProductionClimate Action

Unlocking Catalytic Capital for the Circular Economy

It seems clear that the "circular economy" is the only way forward for humanity.  In my view, adopting circular economy principles will combat our current crisis of waste – wasteful manufacturing, wasteful packaging, food…

July 16, 2019
About the SEC Commissioner’s “Scarlet Letter” ESG Speech
Peace, Justice and Strong InstitutionsPartnerships for the Goals

About the SEC Commissioner’s “Scarlet Letter” ESG Speech

One thing I’ve noticed about critics of sustainable investing is that they often seem to have no idea what they’re talking about. They concoct a caricature of ESG based on common misconceptions and use…

July 9, 2019
Webinar: Two Lenses, One Vision – Investing for LGBTQI and Gender Equity
Gender EqualityReduced Inequalities

Webinar: Two Lenses, One Vision – Investing for LGBTQI and Gender Equity

As investors continue to make the case for LGBTQI equity, there is a practical and ethical mandate to fuse LGBTQI interests with those of gender lens investors who recognize the many benefits of establishing corporate…

May 16, 2019
Transformation and Impact Investing

Transformation and Impact Investing

On May 16, Erika Karp sat down with Laurie Lane-Zucker, founder of Impact Entrepreneur for a wide-ranging discussion of "transformation and impact investing" in an episode of Impact Entrepreneur's Luminarias webinar series.

April 24, 2019
Shareholder Engagement Goes Mainstream: What Does This Mean for Corporate Governance?
Partnerships for the Goals

Shareholder Engagement Goes Mainstream: What Does This Mean for Corporate Governance?

On April 1, Head of Research and Corporate Governance John Wilson hosted a panel discussion to address current topics in corporate governance, such as: Mainstream firms are joining the movement toward environmental, social…

February 22, 2019
Sustainable Protein Bites
Zero HungerGood Health and Well-BeingClean Water and SanitationAffordable and Clean EnergyIndustry, Innovation and InfrastructureResponsible Consumption and ProductionClimate ActionLife Below WaterLife on Land

Sustainable Protein Bites

In our recent report Sustainable Protein: Investing for Impact at the Nexus of Environment, Human Health and Animal Welfare , we pointed out that in developed countries, diet-related health concerns and less- or no-meat…

February 20, 2019
Global Market and Geopolitics: Changing Thinking in 2019?

Global Market and Geopolitics: Changing Thinking in 2019?

In this panel discussion hosted by Asset TV, Cornerstone CEO Erika Karp joins Peter Rup, CEO and CIO of Artemis Wealth Advisors, and Wayne Yi, Director, Head of Manager Research at Massey Quick Simon, to…

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