Category: sustainability

MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT ESG INVESTING
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MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT ESG INVESTING

For those who prefer “give it to me straight” over “beat around the bush”, we offer this opener from a recent article about misconceptions about ESG investing, published by GreenBiz:  “The market demands ESG discipline, period. Whether you view ESG as the alpha and the omega, an opportunity for capitalism to atone and course correct,

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ESG AND WEALTH MANAGEMENT – TAKING OFF OR STALLED
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ESG AND WEALTH MANAGEMENT – TAKING OFF OR STALLED?

ESG investing has spread across institutional asset management, expanding beyond equities to include green corporate and municipal bonds and even private markets. At a minimum, asset managers are expected to measure the E, S and G risk characteristics of their strategies and around the world the bar is being raised in terms of regulatory disclosure

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INNOVATIVE FINANCING TO BOOST CARBON REMOVAL TECH
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INNOVATIVE FINANCING TO BOOST CARBON REMOVAL TECH

Nature’s most obvious form of carbon capture – forests – are imperfect in terms of their ability to address the need. They have a limited capacity and take many years to grow. They also carry the inherent risk that fire will release the trapped carbon, destroying the carbon offset potential those trees represented.  While we

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ESG in Action
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Identifying ESG Performance Risk

Identifying ESG Performance Risk Incorporating sustainability/ESG into asset management may be the most far-reaching change in the investment industry since Modern Portfolio Theory. The esteemed Business Roundtable has underscored the key role of sustainability by redefining a corporation’s purpose to include serving all stakeholders because “it is the only way to be successful over the

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ESG Featured Key Issue
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Food waste = profit waste | ESG Featured Key Issue

Shockingly, over one-third of all food never makes it from farm to fork. Somewhere along the supply chain, something goes wrong, and an unthinkable portion of otherwise perfectly good food winds up in a landfill. With over two billion people living in dire poverty, it’s astounding that more hasn’t been invested in reducing this food waste.

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ESG: not just for hippies

At a recent conference, we discussed ESG reporting with a number of financial advisors. One, who identified himself as fiscally conservative, took seeming joy in describing us as bleeding-heart liberals who were trying to complicate investment decisions with arbitrary do-gooder philosophy. To which we reply: Balderdash. OWLshares is proud to promote ESG as a market-driven

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How can an individual investor get started with ESG?

Now that the general public is becoming aware of ESG (environmental, social, and governance) for investing, we hear this question all the time: Q: How can an individual investor get started with ESG? A: If you’re already investing in mutual funds or ETFs, it’s easier than ever to find investments that reflect your goals. Most

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Worried about deregulation? Take the reins with ESG

The new administration’s rapid pen-strokes currently underway in Washington DC promise to change how business is done, particularly as executive orders aim to reduce business regulations. Whether you favor such regulation (or, like some, are concerned about regulations’ ineffectiveness and unintended negative effects), the rapid and widespread fluctuations in our federal system will ripple far, creating

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Investor demand drives growth of sustainable investing

Sustainable and responsible investing continues to claim a growing portion of investments in the US, now over one fifth of professionally managed assets — that’s $8.72 trillion out of $40.3 trillion — up 33% from one sixth in 2014. “Client demand is one of the major drivers for money managers that introduce products that take

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Investing in optimism with long-term thinking: The Long Now

The Long Now Foundation is like nothing else out there. The institution was founded to encourage long-term thinking — beyond quarterly or annual cycles, beyond the decades of a human lifespan, beyond centuries or even a millennium — a perspective stretching forward 10,000 years and further.

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Sustainable activism

Shareholder engagement can be a powerful force in steering a company toward better practices, but it can also backfire. A recent Harvard Business School paper examined 2,665 cases of shareholder proposals, finding that 58% of these engagements focused on immaterial issues — with materiality determined using ESG standards from the Sustainable Accounting Standards Board (SASB). According

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