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.
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…

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

Shutting Down Forced Labor:  The Investor’s Role (Webcast)

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 (Webinar)
Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Blockchain: Rearranging Trust (Webinar)

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 (Webcast)
Clean Water and SanitationSustainable Cities and CommunitiesResponsible Consumption and ProductionClimate Action

The Data-Driven Future of Water (Webcast)

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…

September 20, 2017
Coping, Shifting, Changing 2.0 –New UNGC/PRI Report
Partnerships for the Goals

Coping, Shifting, Changing 2.0 –New UNGC/PRI Report

The Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) and United Nations Global Compact released the first version of Coping, Shifting, Changing in 2014. The central premise of the report was that companies could be long-term even in a short-term world,…

September 14, 2017
Ms Foundation Calls for Expansion of Sanctuary Policies
Gender EqualityReduced InequalitiesPeace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Ms Foundation Calls for Expansion of Sanctuary Policies

Editor's note: Ms Foundation has just released a new report: "Centering Black Women, Girls, Gender Nonconforming People and Fem(me)s in Campaigns For Expanded Sanctuary and Freedom Cities," by Andrea Ritchie and Monique Morris (National Black Women's Justice…

September 13, 2017
The State of the Data: Challenges to Integrating ESG Factors into Investment Decisions

The State of the Data: Challenges to Integrating ESG Factors into Investment Decisions

Introduction Today, Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) data are helpful to investors — but not helpful enough.   Environmental information about greenhouse gas emissions has enabled investors to identify companies that seem…

August 4, 2017
Time for a New Normal in Global Capital Markets: Advancing Investment in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Partnerships for the Goals

Time for a New Normal in Global Capital Markets: Advancing Investment in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Last week, national governments, business, and civil society leaders came together at the United Nations’ High-level Political Forum (HLPF) in New York. With C-Change , we were asked to address attendees…

July 24, 2017
Why “Attentiveness” Matters: A Cautionary Tale for Investors
Reduced InequalitiesPeace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Why “Attentiveness” Matters: A Cautionary Tale for Investors

Editor’s Note:  The piece below by Uwe Gneiting, a Research and Policy Advisor for the Private Sector Department at Oxfam America , and originally published here on July 13,…

July 13, 2017
The UN Has a Problem
Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

The UN Has a Problem

Editor's Note: Andrew MacLeod is a member of Cornerstone Capital Group's Board of Directors. He is affiliated with the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC, and is the Chairman of Griffin…

July 11, 2017
"Governance and Impact" Journal Compilation, First Half of 2017

"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…

July 11, 2017
Beyond Finance: Considering the Business and Social Potential of the Blockchain (Webcast)
Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Beyond Finance: Considering the Business and Social Potential of the Blockchain (Webcast)

On June 23 Cornerstone hosted Jalak Jobanputra for a discussion on the blockchain's transformative potential. Jalak is the Founding Partner of Future\Perfect Ventures, an early-stage venture capital fund focused on next-generation technology such as…

June 13, 2017
Finance of the Future

Finance of the Future

John Wilson was recently interviewed by Sea Change radio's Alex Wise for his podcast. We discussed how managers balance trying to please dividend-hungry shareholders with keeping an eye on the future, how automation will affect…

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