July/August 2017

25th Anniversary

Reflecting on the Future

Welcome to GreenMoney’s special 25th Anniversary issue!

This July/Aug issue features a variety of insightful writers looking at “The Next 25 Years of Impact Investing and Sustainable Business.” That 25-year time frame allows for a calmer sense to prevail, versus the urgency of current events. The opportunity to become more financially and politically savvy is key to aligning our money with our values and using our money to create the sort of world we want to live in.
 
But before we take a glimpse at a more sustainable future, let me begin with a look at the journey that has brought GreenMoney to the present. For a bit of nostalgia, I’ve included a PDF of our first print newsletter we published in August 1992. 
“...newsletters like GreenMoney, are drawing up new codes of conduct for corporate life that integrate social, ethical, and environmental principles.”
– Paul Hawken, author and environmentalist; a GreenMoney reader since 1993
 
This month also marks the launch of the new vastly upgraded GreenMoney.com website – where you will find more, of well, everything. So take a look and spend some time getting more familiar with our new website. Special thanks to my team, Michelle, Brian and Acacia, who have been working diligently on this project. Our 25th Anniversary will continue into 2018 with a series of compelling issues, so
stay tuned.  - Cliff Feigenbaum, founder 

GreenMoney’s 25 Year Journey

Cliff Feigenbaum
founder and managing editor, GreenMoney Journal
Where did this begin for me? Was it watching the “Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau,” or the ecology flags we pasted on our bumpers in the early 70s? Or that public service TV spot of the canoeing Native American tearing up as he looked at the litter along the river. Or maybe it was those smog alerts in LA where I grew up. Fast forward to the 80s when I was working at a hospital in the NW. After I chose my 401k plan I soon discovered, as I tried to make more “informed” financial decisions, that the mutual funds had numerous tobacco stocks in their holdings. Wow! At a healthcare institution! A good friend who was a skilled editor decided after much research to join me in writing an article on SRI for the local Journal of Business – they published our first draft. Read More
 

The Next 25 Years – Big Picture Thinking

Amy Domini
founder, Domini Impact Investments
Responsible investing momentum is strong. For me, and for many of my generation, the future is clear: we are well on our way towards the installation of a vitally important system-level force for good, one that will protect future generations, indeed the planet itself. We have laid the groundwork for a financial system which functions globally to protect people and the planet. My purpose in advocating what I called ethical investing was to build a large enough investor presence that demanded a clean and dignified future for all.
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Biomimicry = Return on Inspiration

Janine Benyus
co-founder, Biomimicry 3.8 and the Biomimicry Institute
It seems so obvious now: innovators are turning to nature for inspiration in chemistry, building, agriculture, energy, health, transportation, computing – even the design of organizations and cities. Biomimicry is taught from kindergarten to university and practiced in all scales of enterprise. But it wasn’t always this way. When Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature first came out, none of the people featured in my book knew one another, nor was there a name for their nature-inspired approach.
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Responsible Investing – Principles, Pillars and Progress

John Streur
president and CEO, Calvert Research and Management
The responsible investing movement that we have started and shaped has reached the end of the beginning, with a broad and strong foundation that will evolve to provide the superstructure of our society’s continuing struggle to address and solve its greatest challenges. Our efforts are working, and we are being joined in our mission by more investors worldwide every day. The UN Principles for Responsible Investment – of which Calvert was a founder – counts 1,700 large investors & $70 trillion in assets.
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The Future of SRI

Matthew Patsky
Chief Executive Officer, Trillium Asset Management
Eight years ago I received the call asking me to consider joining Trillium Asset Management as CEO. Since that time, we have seen more interest than ever in the field of sustainable investing from a wide variety of institutions, mainstream money managers, and families often driven by women and millennials, bringing assets over to impact. Looking out over the horizon, I see six emerging trends that I believe shed light on the future of sustainable investing.
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