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.
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…

February 20, 2019
New Guiding Principles for Opportunity Zone Investors
Decent Work and Economic GrowthSustainable Cities and Communities

New Guiding Principles for Opportunity Zone Investors

The U. S. Impact Investing Alliance and the Beeck Center at Georgetown University have authored a paper outlining a framework for Opportunity Fund managers entitled Prioritizing and Achieving Impact in Opportunity Zones…

February 15, 2019
How Women Are Disrupting the Finance Industry Business Model

How Women Are Disrupting the Finance Industry Business Model

"Whether it's the gender pay gap, board of directors seats and equal opportunity for career advancement, or greater access to private market capital funding for female-owned-and-run startup businesses, women are disrupting the status quo in…

December 18, 2018
How We Fight Climate Change Matters
No PovertyZero HungerGood Health and Well-BeingQuality EducationGender EqualityClean Water and SanitationAffordable and Clean EnergyDecent Work and Economic GrowthIndustry, Innovation and InfrastructureReduced InequalitiesSustainable Cities and CommunitiesResponsible Consumption and ProductionClimate ActionLife Below WaterLife on LandPeace, Justice and Strong InstitutionsPartnerships for the Goals

How We Fight Climate Change Matters

This article originally appeared in Investment News on December 13, 2018.   Sustainable and impact investors are set to intensify their decades-long support for action on climate change on the heels of…

November 28, 2018
Mobilizing Donor Advised Funds for Impact Investing
Partnerships for the Goals

Mobilizing Donor Advised Funds for Impact Investing

On November 26 we hosted a webinar recapping the key themes of our recent report Mobilizing Donor Advised Funds for Impact Investing . Cornerstone's Head of Impact Strategy, Katherine Pease, and…

November 19, 2018
Investing to Advance Racial Equity: A Conversation
No PovertyDecent Work and Economic GrowthReduced InequalitiesPeace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Investing to Advance Racial Equity: A Conversation

We recently hosted a live video webinar to discuss ways in which investors can contribute to the narrowing of economic disparities through a dedicated emphasis on investing in underserved minority communities. Our panel, moderated…

November 14, 2018
Forced Labor: A Risk Investors Shouldn’t Ignore
Reduced InequalitiesResponsible Consumption and ProductionPeace, Justice and Strong InstitutionsPartnerships for the Goals

Forced Labor: A Risk Investors Shouldn’t Ignore

In today’s economy, the goods we consume are often produced far from where they are purchased, successively changing hands along complex and opaque corporate supply chains. The International Labour Organization estimates that across these…

October 23, 2018
Robotics, Automation and Artificial Intelligence: Panel at the New York Stock Exchange
Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Robotics, Automation and Artificial Intelligence: Panel at the New York Stock Exchange

On October 17, 2018, ROBO Global, LLC (ROBO) hosted a panel on robotics, automation and artificial intelligence (AI) at the New York Stock Exchange prior to ringing the closing bell.   ROBO is an index,…

October 16, 2018
Creativity & The Arts: An Emerging Impact Investing Theme
Good Health and Well-BeingGender EqualityDecent Work and Economic GrowthIndustry, Innovation and InfrastructureReduced InequalitiesSustainable Cities and Communities

Creativity & The Arts: An Emerging Impact Investing Theme

When we at Cornerstone Capital Group first discussed the idea of exploring arts and creativity as an impact investing theme, our greatest challenge was narrowing the scope. To our thinking, creativity fuels every successful…

October 16, 2018
Investing to Sustain Innovation
Good Health and Well-BeingGender EqualityDecent Work and Economic GrowthIndustry, Innovation and InfrastructureReduced InequalitiesSustainable Cities and Communities

Investing to Sustain Innovation

Do we invest enough in creativity?  The question may seem absurd in an era dominated by the “knowledge economy,” in which companies create value through ingenuity and expertise, while many of our most important emerging…

October 16, 2018
A Creativity Lens for Impact Investing: Upstart Co-Lab
Good Health and Well-BeingGender EqualityDecent Work and Economic GrowthIndustry, Innovation and InfrastructureReduced InequalitiesSustainable Cities and Communities

A Creativity Lens for Impact Investing: Upstart Co-Lab

The creative economy is large and growing. But until now impact investing has not focused on the creative economy in a significant way. Defining the Creative Economy The term creative economy was introduced…

October 16, 2018
From “The Arts” to “Creative Enterprise”: Perspective from the Philanthropic Sector
Good Health and Well-BeingGender EqualityDecent Work and Economic GrowthIndustry, Innovation and InfrastructureReduced Inequalities

From “The Arts” to “Creative Enterprise”: Perspective from the Philanthropic Sector

I have been thinking about and working in and around the role of capital in arts and creative enterprise for over 40 years. I have watched the rise of the terms creative economy

October 16, 2018
Creating a Seat at the Table: Exponential Creativity Ventures
Good Health and Well-BeingGender EqualityDecent Work and Economic GrowthIndustry, Innovation and InfrastructureReduced Inequalities

Creating a Seat at the Table: Exponential Creativity Ventures

Media consumption is passive. At least, that’s been the dominant paradigm for the last century or more. Under this unidirectional model, a small number of people control both production and distribution, deciding in…

October 16, 2018
The Creativity Lens in Practice: LISC’s NYC Inclusive Creative Economy Fund
Good Health and Well-BeingGender EqualityDecent Work and Economic GrowthIndustry, Innovation and InfrastructureReduced InequalitiesSustainable Cities and Communities

The Creativity Lens in Practice: LISC’s NYC Inclusive Creative Economy Fund

LISC’s newly launched NYC Inclusive Creative Economy Fund marks both a bold, new direction for our organization and a natural extension of our long track record of bringing technical and financing resources to low- and…

October 16, 2018
Artists, Cultural Enterprises and the Affordability Crisis
Good Health and Well-BeingGender EqualityAffordable and Clean EnergyDecent Work and Economic GrowthIndustry, Innovation and InfrastructureReduced InequalitiesSustainable Cities and Communities

Artists, Cultural Enterprises and the Affordability Crisis

One of the most significant legacies of the housing collapse, which triggered the Great Recession of 2008-11, was the undermining of confidence Americans had in the venerable single-family home.   For generations, owning a single-family…

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