December 2018

GreenMoney's 2019 Outlook

(Socially Responsible Investing / Environmental, Social and Governance)

It is time to leave a challenging 2018 behind and look ahead to 2019. For me, a New Year brings a sense of optimism. In truth, daily here at GreenMoney, we see many positive solutions to the social and environmental problems we face here in the US and around the world. So, welcome to our annual issue, which is an "Outlook on the Year Ahead", along with a bit of reflection on what got us here. Your responses are welcome.

It was good to see many of you at the recent SRI Conference where, as last year’s co-winner, I had the honor of presenting the SRI Service Award to the 2018 winner Lisa Woll of the US SIF. The annual award recognizes an individual who demonstrates a range of contributions to the field, including industry leadership and innovation, as well as expanding the knowledge about SRI. Congratulations, Lisa.

Speaking of awards, I was recently honored to be named one of the "Who’s Who in Impact Investing" in the Rocky Mountain Region for 2018 by the Impact Finance Center and the Denver Business Journal. It was a first-of-its-kind effort in the US to celebrate the leaders in the field, you can find the complete list here.

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Amy Domini - GreenMoney Journal

The Year Wall Street Got Sustainable Investing

Amy Domini
Founder, Domini Impact Investments
Recently the Financial Times published an article stating that Larry Fink, CEO of the world’s largest asset manager, BlackRock, had announced that “sustainable investing will be a core component for how everyone invests in the future.” He further explained that sustainable investing did not lead to lower returns and that in his opinion such a strategy will lead to higher returns. It wasn’t so long ago that the SRI field was considered an outlier in the world of finance, and now it is the declared future of financial asset management. Read More
 

Joe Keefe - GreenMoney Journal

It’s Time to Invest in Her

Joe Keefe
President and CEO, Pax World Funds
As engaged investors, we need to persuade the companies in our investment portfolios to say loudly and clearly: We will no longer tolerate gender inequality — on our boards, in our executive suites, in our workplaces or in our supply chains. Our industry cannot even begin to talk about investing in the transition to a more sustainable global economy unless gender equality is a core component of that transition. Eradicating gender inequality could help unleash perhaps the greatest period of economic growth in the history of the planet.
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Vivek Tanneeru - GreenMoney Journal 

Three ESG Trends in Asia to Watch in 2019

Vivek Tanneeru
Portfolio Manager, Matthews Asia
For investors interested in Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) strategies, a regionally diversified approach can help capture global growth. In the coming year, Asia offers a prime opportunity to invest in profitable companies addressing critical ESG challenges through robust and sustainable business models. ESG innovation in Asia is evident across many sectors, including health care and pharmaceuticals, technology, finance and alternative energy. To fully capture the growth and profits of the world’s most innovative ESG companies, it is worth considering Asia.
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Katherine Collins - GreenMoney Journal

ESG Outlook for 2019

Katherine Collins
Head of Sustainable Investing, Putnam Investments
Amidst all of the important improvements in Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) data, all of the thoughtful research reports, and all innovative new investment options, another, deeper trend has taken root. As we turn towards 2019, we see increasing evidence that Systems Thinking is becoming more prevalent and influential throughout corporations and the sustainable investment community. This subtle, under-the-surface development is one of the most vital requirements for effective long-term investing. Systems Thinking aims to understand the whole, in addition to the individual parts.
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December 2018 Additional Articles

Water Risk: Single Largest Risk Threatening People, Planet and Profit

“Water security is the single largest investment opportunity in the years ahead. It is the foundation for healthy people, planet and profit. Water security investments ensure social and environmental returns, as well as possible financial outperformance,” states writer Thomas Schumann. Read More

Thornburg Better World International Fund Celebrates Three-Year Anniversary and Receives Five-Star Morningstar Rating

Incorporating ESG factors into an investment strategy has shown to decrease volatility and improve risk-adjusted returns over the long term. Read More

New Gender Lens Investing Tool Helps Drive Capital to Mutual Funds Supporting Gender Equality

As You Sow released its fifth ‘Invest Your Values’ screening tool, Gender Equality Funds, an online resource that can be used by any investor. Read More

Veris Wealth Partners Reports Gender Lens Investing (GLI) Assets Rise 85% and Exceed $2.4 Billion

The growth of GLI is a positive development in a year overshadowed by the gender pay gap, lack of women on boards and harassment scandals. Read More

How Calvert Impact Capital Strengthens Communities Through Impact Investments

Investors increasingly seek opportunities to make a social and environmental difference through their impact investment portfolios. Read More

Ray C. Anderson Foundation’s NextGen Committee Awards $90,000 to Second Nature

Ray Anderson believed the industrial sector could create positive environmental change because it is so large. The university sector is next. Read More


 
 

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