Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking

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.
May 21, 2018
Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Work
Decent Work and Economic Growth

Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Work

Author and futurist Alex Salkever, formerly Marketing Communications Manager at Mozilla, spoke at the Financial Women’s Association ’s May 9 Summit “The Future of Work. ” The presentation, “The Driver in the Driverless Car:…

May 16, 2018
Accountability and Action on the Slate? Corporate Governance in This Activist Age

Accountability and Action on the Slate? Corporate Governance in This Activist Age

Citizen activists are taking to the streets to demand government accountability and action on issues they care about passionately, with groups ranging from #metoo to #neveragain, Black Lives Matter, and the alt-right. Against this…

May 15, 2018
Tackling Board Diversity: Turnover a Key Ingredient
Gender EqualityReduced Inequalities

Tackling Board Diversity: Turnover a Key Ingredient

This article originally appeared in FA Magazine on May 11. Do efforts to bring greater diversity to company boards still matter? Some advocates for greater equality in corporations say investors should…

May 11, 2018
A Spiral of Change: Understanding the investment impact of sexual and gender-based violence
Gender Equality

A Spiral of Change: Understanding the investment impact of sexual and gender-based violence

Recently, Cornerstone Capital’s Head of Impact Strategy, Katherine Pease, sat down for an in-depth discussion with two leading figures in the field of gender-focused investment and philanthropy, to discuss the role that…

May 3, 2018
The Best Art:  System Intelligence, Decarbonization, and the Built Environment
Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureSustainable Cities and Communities

The Best Art: System Intelligence, Decarbonization, and the Built Environment

In the process of painting, an artist will back away from a canvas and intentionally blur her vision, simulating distance, in an effort to take in the work as an aesthetic whole and not merely…

May 2, 2018
Erika Karp at Impact Capitalism Summit

Erika Karp at Impact Capitalism Summit

On April 18, Cornerstone Capital Founder and CEO Erika Karp delivered a “TED”-style talk at Big Path Capital’s Impact Capitalism Summit, held in Chicago. She spoke on the unprecedented confluence of trends driving the…

April 30, 2018
It’s Time To End Sexual And Gender-Based Violence
Gender EqualityReduced InequalitiesPeace, Justice and Strong Institutions

It’s Time To End Sexual And Gender-Based Violence

This editorial was originally published in FA Online, April 26, 2018. There was a time when I regularly quoted a well-known statistic that one third of women and girls experience…

April 27, 2018
Cannabis — the New Investing Frontier
Good Health and Well-BeingIndustry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Cannabis — the New Investing Frontier

On April 17, 2018 Viridian Capital Advisors and the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) hosted a panel discussion titled “Cannabis- the New Investing Frontier. ” ACG is a networking platform for the smaller to mid-sized…

April 27, 2018
Our View on New DoL Guidance
Partnerships for the Goals

Our View on New DoL Guidance

The recent field assistance bulletin by the U. S. Department of Labor, which asserts that under ERISA “fiduciaries must not too readily treat ESG factors as economically relevant…” demonstrates a lack of…

April 13, 2018
One Evening in Denver…
Gender EqualityPartnerships for the Goals

One Evening in Denver…

At Cornerstone Capital Group, we have always been committed to investing with gender lens – it’s part of our heritage as a woman-owned investment firm, and equity and inclusion are core values.   One of…

March 9, 2018
CEO Investor Forum: Investor Letter to Presenting Companies

CEO Investor Forum: Investor Letter to Presenting Companies

In conjunction with the recent CEO Investor Forum hosted by CECP, a CEO-led coalition that believes a company’s social strategy determines company success, the organization's Strategic Investors Initiative (SII) issued an open letter to its members…

March 9, 2018
When Political Will Fails
Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

When Political Will Fails

U. S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s recent indictment of 13 Russians for violations of US campaign laws highlights just how broken the U. S. election finance system has become. It illustrates that…

March 7, 2018
ESG Investing: An Interview with the CFA Institute

ESG Investing: An Interview with the CFA Institute

The CFA Institute's "Take 15" series recently posted a video interview with John Wilson, who explains how to integrate key tenets of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing into the equity research process. John also…

February 26, 2018
Oceans in Peril: What Can Investors Do?
Clean Water and SanitationClimate ActionLife Below Water

Oceans in Peril: What Can Investors Do?

We recently had the pleasure of hosting the webinar “Oceans in Peril: What Can Investors Do?” Craig Metrick , Managing Director, Institutional Consulting & Research for Cornerstone, was joined by ocean health expert Karen Sack…

January 18, 2018
Shutting Down Forced Labor:  The Investor’s Role
Decent Work and Economic GrowthReduced InequalitiesResponsible Consumption and Production

Shutting Down Forced Labor:  The Investor’s Role

Slavery is outlawed throughout the world, yet an estimated 25 million children and adults are still victimized as forced laborers. Modern slavery particularly affects the supply chains of the Apparel & Footwear, Information &…

December 13, 2017
Blockchain: Rearranging Trust
Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Blockchain: Rearranging Trust

In the view of blockchain proponents, one of the technology’s major advantages is that it doesn’t require trust at the point of transaction, leading to a radical shift in the power of intermediaries. However,…

December 4, 2017
The Data-Driven Future of Water
Clean Water and SanitationSustainable Cities and CommunitiesResponsible Consumption and ProductionClimate Action

The Data-Driven Future of Water

Cornerstone Capital recently hosted water expert Will Sarni for a conversation about "The Data-Driven Future of Water. " Sebastian Vanderzeil, Director and Global Thematic Analyst, interviewed Will, covering questions such as: How has…

November 29, 2017
ESG Compatibility: A Hidden Success Factor in M&A Transactions

ESG Compatibility: A Hidden Success Factor in M&A Transactions

Editor’s note: This Sustainalytics report struck us as offering cogent insights, and the authors kindly granted us permission to share this summary. The full report can be found here .

November 28, 2017
In Defense of Transparency: Why Extractives Companies Should Remain Committed
Affordable and Clean EnergyResponsible Consumption and ProductionClimate ActionPartnerships for the Goals

In Defense of Transparency: Why Extractives Companies Should Remain Committed

Editor's Note: The post was originally published on BSR's website on November 7, and is republished with permission. See original post here .   We continue to track issues of transparency and…

October 13, 2017
Moving Up the Blockchain Curve
Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Moving Up the Blockchain Curve

As the rapid evolution of the blockchain has captured the attention of the investment community, Cornerstone has begun to offer insight into the technology’s potential to foster positive social change and the evolving notions of…

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